Trench Warfare World War One was a horrific event, the number of known dead sits at about eight million people. The main method of combat during the first world war, also known as the Great World War, was trench warfare. Trenches were dug mainly to protect troops, but ended up being one of the major reasons so many men died. These men had to live through miserable times, daily life was filled with horror, and death. Death was a constant companion to those serving in the line, even when they weren't under attack, many would die of disease.
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Controlled Assessment Task Part (A) The First World War is associated strongly with Trench Warfare. How useful and reliable are these sources in explaining what conditions in the trenches were like? The public’s imagination of the Great War has been closely associated with Trench Warfare. Within the beginning period of the war August-September 1914 both armies expected a rapid war of movement, however the advances upon firing technology resulted in the complex trench systems being developed. The traditional interpretation was that soldiers spent all of their time in horrific conditions which they constantly experienced and they feared the factor of being sent ‘Over the top’ and that trenches were full of rats, lice and disease.
Trench warfare was such a horrible and deadly thing many soldiers called it the worst time of their life. Weapons used in the trench war were only good when they were being used against the enemies. Bayonets, Rifles and grenades are what most soldiers had to defend their self. But mustard gas bombs and notched bayonets were what really hurt the enemies the most. Soldiers had burnt lungs from mustard gas, lost limbs from bombs and organs ripped out from notched bayonets.
Trench Warfare World War 1 is most notably known for the vicious fighting that lead to mass death all over Europe. This bloody war consumed approximately eight million soldiers. This does not include the number of wounded soldiers or the countless number of civilians that lost their lives. Trench Warfare had a lot to do with the huge number of casualties that accorded during World War 1. All Quite on the Western Front helps to give a real insight to what a battle was like during WW1.
Richie has horrible flashbacks and memories of the hardships in war. “Perry got sick and had a disease for a couple days.” Perry caught some kind of disease and people called it “cooties” he was out recovering for several days. Secondly members of the war got wounded some more badly than others but everyone at a time had some type of battle wound. “Separation from the crew ended in people getting injured.” It was a poorly planned mission they got split up. Fallen Angels has one main theme and that is the reality of war and the struggles that come with it.
This resulted from the foot being left in water, which often accumulated at the bottom of the trenches, for long amounts of time and could sometimes cause the skin to fall right off the bone. Kemmerich, who is one of Paul’s classmates and comrade, has a similar situation happen to him in “All Quiet in the Western Front” when his foot became infected with gang green because of an artillery wound he suffered in battle which ultimately had to be amputated off. Kemmerich would lose the fight for his life. The conditions were so real and miserable that his fellow comrades tried to persuade him to give away his boots. It was then that Paul realized the true agonies of war—surviving the agony of war forces one to learn to disconnect oneself from emotions like grief, sympathy, and fear.
When getting information from the soldiers they can tell you personally what it was like in the trenches, or the sounds they heard from all of the guns and bombs, and the smell of death and gunpowder. If he focused on the soldiers back at the base they would tell you different because they did not experienced what the frontline did, they can give you just an overview on what was happening. The soldiers on the frontline went through a lot, from being stuck in a hole for the whole length and not seeing any soldiers at all, or watching people they know die in front of them; they witnessed the many horrors of battle that many people were not aware about. The way he focused on the frontline soldiers really makes you understand what they soldiers went through and how they dealt with those issues, you were able to see what they feared, like dying from a bomb instead of a bullet. You also felt their feeling of nervousness, and the anxiety of the soldiers that were in the trenches.
The soldiers are forced to live in horrible conditions, given barely enough food to keep from starvation, and subjected to battle which could take their lives at any moment. “The front is a cage in which we must await fearfully whatever may happen. (Remarque 101)” These entire conditions combine together to leave a deep psychological impact on the soldiers. This psychological impact changes the soldier’s entire lives. For example, when Paul returns home on leave he cannot talk to his mother because he does not know life outside of the war.