As soon as their airstrike got started, the firebombs were dashed into the industrial zo... ... middle of paper ... ...all the time the hot wind of the firestorm threw people back into the burning houses they were trying to escape from” (Metzger). People tried to escape from the fire, unfortunately, the strong heated wind pull them back to the burning places. Depressingly, there were between 35,000 to 135,000 people killed. (Hickman). Although the bombing of Dresden created Hitler surrender and end the World War II in Europe, these has been controversy upon Britain and America’s decision of using firebombs among the public.
He begins his piece with descriptive imagery of his surroundings, “All the trees shot to pieces; the whole ground churned up a yard deep by the heaviest shells; dead animals; houses and churches so utterly destroyed by shell-fire that they can never be of the least of use again (pg. 227).” This shows the terrors from his view of the trenches, it also demonstrates the limits war pushes on their surroundings. Throughout the letter you begin to see how Fritz’s attitude goes from accepting his role on the war to
Genocides stem from long-term obsession on the part of the perpetrators with the emphasis on religious or cultural differences of the victim group. Nationalism provided society with an opportunity to systematically categorise society based on ethnicity and race. This was certainly a modern phenomenon and was conducive in spreading violence and ultimately genocide. A defining feature of the twentieth century, and more specifically the Holocaust is the perpetrators ability to totally disregard the identity of its victims. Fear and “ubiquity of perpetrators and victims” are considered at the core of modern genocide that “encompasses society in a vicious cycle of devastation and murder”.
It was meant to kill everything and cause the enemy’s morale to break. “Everything was one big flame. The one flame ate everything organic, everything that would burn.” The only thing left after the bombings were charred bodies and hollowed out buildings, the entire city became a skeleton of rubble and bodies. There are many more experiences which help show how it was for prisoners of war during WW2 such as being transported in cramped cattle cars, similar to how the Jewish people were transported to concentration camps. The graphic descriptions make the reader imagine how hellish it must have been for everyone, not only the American
In Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient we see a world completely ravaged by war. The land itself is damaged, sometimes beyond recognition as it is torn apart by bombs. Just as these human-made structures have faced the damage of imperialism, so have female bodies in the novel. Ondaatje creates several parallels between man’s attempt to “own” the land around him and his “ownership” of the female body. As we see in the novel, this attempt at ownership almost always ends in destruction, “war,” and often, death.
But before he decided to retreat, he wanted to give the defenders a taste of what his army was suffering. So Janibeg used giant catapults to hurl the rotting corpses of the plagued victims over the walls of the town. By this means the infection spread among the Genoese defenders. Before long the Genoese were dying from the plague as fast as the Tartars on the outside. A few who thought themselves free of plague took to their ships and headed for the Mediterranean.
Tell squadrons one through fifty to attack," Austin ordered. "Captain, they've crossed the minefield," Robert yelled. "Blow it. All ships prepare to engage," Kristin ordered. The mine field exploded destroying 6,250 vessels.
The houses and huts of the village were systematically demolished or burned. Unarmed old men, women, and even children were shot in cold blood. The best-known part of the massacre was when Lt. Calley ordered several hundred civilians to lie on top of one another in a ditch, whereupon he and some of his men raked them with automatic-weapons fire and tossed grenades into the ditch. Some time later, noise from some surviving people in the ditch attracted the attention of men from another platoon of Charlie Company, who put those still alive out of their misery.
Dulce et decorum est and An Irish airman forsees his death Analysis of two war poems I am going to compare the two poems “Dulce et decorum est” by Wilfred Owen and “Channel Firing” by Thomas Hardy. The poem by Hardy talks about the great German guns “Big Berthas” which fired across the channel at the nearest coastal villages, and how the noise of these guns is so terrific that it wakes the dead in their graves. “Dulce et decorum est” is a poem about a group of tired, worn out soldiers who are making their way back from the front line. They come under a gas attack and Owen describes to us the scene which is presented to him of a fellow soldier and companion “drowning” in his own mucus. Both poems portray a sense of helplessness to this exposure to the war!
War has cursed man for eternal history. Its devastation has prolonged tragedies for millions of people. The gruesome killings represents the pain of innocent men who fall in the drains of perdition. The instruments of violence target the zones of demolition and the souls of brave men. This essay examines the massacres of war in Owen.