There are two novels that were written on the personal perspective of two common soldiers in the war to end all wars, World War I. Both novels reflect on the personal experiences as the two adversary are faced with frontline service, both ordinary soldiers, one German, the other American. Both reflect upon the horrors witnessed by trench warfare and fond memories at home.
World War I, also known as the Great War was one of the most revolutionary wars in modern history. The war started in 1914 and ended in 1919 and included many advancements such as tanks and mustard gas. The Great War was one of the most deadly and gruesome wars ever. There were many different pivotal things that led to the breakout of war in Europe and eventually the world. One could see alliances escalating the the amount of countries in the war, an extreme amount of nationalism, and tensions over colonies and technological advances. All of these ultimately led to commencement of World War I.
Before I read this book I had very little knowledge on the First World War. Now that I read this book I understand more about the allies and alliances. The book was long, but was interesting.
World War I is recognized as the first war, the Great War, the war of the nations and the war to end all wars. It was a conflict of wars that lasted from august 1914 to the final truce on November 11, 1918. Although it only lasted four years, it was the most destructive war that had ever happened in history. The death toll was about eight and a half million people and it wounded roughly twenty million or more. The war ended up destroying empires and economies and forever changing all of Europe. The allied powers had defeated the central powers, therefor leading to the fall of four empires and a huge change in the map of Europe. There are plenty of reasons on why World War I was so different from all the past conflicts. For example it was the first time in nearly one hundred years that all major countries where fighting. Another reason on why it was a different type of war was of the fact that the over sea had possessions. All the fighting was inevitable. A huge roll that made World War I truly modern was the Industrial Revolution. It was no longer a man-to-man war. The invention of guns as well as the machine gun made anybody a death threat.
World War I was an unexpectedly long war. A war that most thought would last a few months turned out to last four long years. World War I was fought on two fronts; the Eastern Front consisted of very mobile armies, and the Western Front was a long slow battle without much advancement. After the First Battle of the Marne, the Allied and the Central Powers quickly dug trenches to protect themselves during the war. Trenches were one of the causes that the war lasted for four long years. Trench warfare was not beneficial to World War I because the terrible living conditions, no successful battle strategies, all leading to a stalemate in the trenches along the Western Front.
WWI took place from 1914-1918 while WWII lasted from 1939-1945. In between these two wars, weaponry advanced. In WWI, much of the fighting was done in closer quarters than in WWII, hence WWI’s nickname The Hand to Hand War. Also, although there were numerous deaths in both wars, there is a large difference in the total number of deaths between the two. There were about 8 million deaths in WWI while in WWII, there were about 60 million deaths.
World War I was a huge war. Several countries were involved in World War I. Many lives were lost during this horrible time. Many people believe that imperialism, nationalism, and militarism caused it all to happen.
World War I was an important part of history it came with many innovations and techniques that were not used in previous wars. Wilfred Owen was a major contributor to this war; he helped people comprehend the realities of the war by his poetry. He was known as a trench poet along with his friends Rupert Brooke and Siegfried Sassoon, who served on the western front during World War I. These men wrote poetry about the experiences they were having while fighting during World War I. Wilfred Owen shows in his poetry of the brutal reality of these innovations.
In 1914, the first year of World War One, millions of young soldiers were sent to war. The mood was cheerful and patriotic as the young men left in parades. Most thought that the war would be over by christmas. This was not the case. The violence escalated as thousands of miles of trenches were dug, and the war raged on for four more years. The young soldiers fought in brutal trench warfare, in an unjustifiable war and came back home with devastating psychological issues.
World War I spanned four years, from June 1914 to June 1918. During this war, technological advances increased the danger for the soldiers who took part in battle. Poison gas and trench warfare transformed World War I into a cesspool of sickness and death. Poetry during World War I provided a way to connect people back home with the horrific lifestyle soldiers had to face on a daily basis. Poets such as Wilfred Owens used vivid imagery, dire diction, and other literary devices to depict the grueling tasks of warfare.