The letters they wrote contain heart breaking stories of how their days were spent and the terrible signs of war. The War consumed them and many of them let out all their true feelings of war in their letters to loved ones. In The First World War: A brief History With Documents we can find some of these letters that help us understand what the First World War might have been like for these young and desperate soldiers. In document thirteen, we encounter a letter written by a young English soldier fighting the Germans from the woods. He starts his letter by explaining how once again he was forced to be out in the trenches for forty-eight consecutive hours.
R.C Sheriff’s Message in Journey's End ‘Journey’s End’ is a play written by R.C Sheriff. It is written based on the author’s own experiences during WW1. The play is set in trench warfare in 1918, but was written in 1928 which was the 10 year anniversary of the Armistice (the agreement to end the war). Britain declared war on Germany in August of 1914 and the mood in Britain was one of heroic optimism. Millions of young men enlisted in the army with the firm belief that they’d be home for Christmas; but World War 1 lasted for four years.
We were thinly clad and not half of us had even one blanket. Our rations were ten ounces of bread and two ounces of meat per day. My weight fell from 180 to 160 in a month. We invented all kinds of traps and deadfalls to catch rats. Every day Northern ladies came in the prison, some followed by dogs or cats, which the boys would slip aside and choke to death.
Then the went through a duct by the light bulb and the roof fell. All of the rats of Remy’s population were there. Then the old lady started looking for the venom while all of the rats where running out of the house except for remy who was looking for the cooking book of gusteaou. Then when he got it he was running with it to the drains to go with his family in their boats but he lost them and got to some other drains alone and hungry. Then he imagined that gusteaou was talking to him and telling him to go up and look for food and things.
The Development of the Trenches in Spring 1915 The spring of 1915 saw a new frontier develop: the trenches. Trench warfare was one of the main reasons so many men died. It was a ruthless system of warfare, in which lines and lines of men were repeatedly mowed down, one after the other. Life in the trenches, on the daily, was filled with horror, and death. Death was a constant companion to those serving in the line, even when no raid or attack was launched or defended against.
After going to the infirmary, he was isolated. An hour after Gitchell was isolated, several additional soldiers had come down with the same symptoms as Gitchell, and were isolated as well (1). Even though the infirmary would isolate everyone with those “bad cold” symptoms, this extremely contagious sickness spread quickly through Fort Riley, with suspicions of some type of flu. Five weeks after these flu like symptoms started ra... ... middle of paper ... ...of thousands of human beings. Medical science for four and one-half years devoted itself to putting men on the firing line and keeping them there.
Dr. Curtis Atkinson, then a First Lieutenant in the Medical Corps at Fort Riley, Kansas remembered the first military quarantines. “When the 'flu' epidemic struck Call Field, Sunday, December, 1918, the boys began to come down very rapidly. A foot ball game was in progress. The commanding officer immediately ordered the game stopped and sentinels posted at the gate of the field with orders that no one was to be admitted.” Another soldier, Dr. William W. Wood remembered soldiers and civilians “dying like sheep.” Melinda Parker remembers how fast she lost her husband. “My husband… was workin' at the shipyards in Algiers an' he got the flu an' in four day... ... middle of paper ... ...arolina Writer’s Project.
The devastating sounds of the soldiers dying, the ditches that they sit to hide in, the gas and weapons that are used in the attacks are all expressed for one to grasp the experience that a soldier lives. Erich demonstrates that no relationship can ever approach the intimacy of a soldier’s bond with other soldiers. The weeks, months, or years spent together make them a family and the only ones who understand what the life of a soldier entails. Towards the end of the novel, the reality of the trench warfare becomes clear. Paul explains the bloodiest battle against the French, which resulted in hundreds of casualties.
He was of welsh ancestry and was particularly close to his mother whose evangelical Christianity greatly influenced his poetry. Owen was in the Pyrenees at the time when war broke out he was tutoring to the Leger family. He became frustrated hearing about all the men dying in the battlefields of Belgium and France and wanted to make a difference so he went back to England where he signed up for the army in late September 1915. He was trained in Essex and was sent out to Etaples in France on 30th December 1916. He got his first taste of battle twelve days later in the bitterly cold weather of January.
It was May and we were taking William to Mom’s house for the summer. I didn’t want to go because someone had to look after Dad. A week or 2 passed and Dad went to work talking all confused saying it was snowing and he had ... ... middle of paper ... ...ans s the blood vessel that supplies the brain ruptures and bleeds. When we left the hospital I have to Amit that my eyes were wet and my soul was filled with melancholy. The doctor said if Dad has one more stroke, it will kill him, so death is winning and has played an evil game.