Surviving the odds

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Surviving the Odds In the many tales of war, very few can truly grasped the full understanding of what really happened. Many books have been written, specifically for World War I that tells about major events that change the outcome of people’s lives. The telling of these actions given by Ernst Junger, gave not only what the soldiers had to endure, but a first person view into the war itself. It gives an up close and personal view of how life was like for the young soldiers not even out of their teens, their lives forever altered, with no way of turning back. These men young and new to the world will have to grow up fast and strong in order to survive the harsh new life that awaits them. War is started when the selfish ideals of many nations come to a boiling point, and power of corruption clouds logical judgment. Peace is not kept for too long. In France the day has come, the day the notice went out and arms were taken up. A notice was placed by the districts mayor’s office stating “The first day of mobilization will be Sunday, August 2”. The shock was the first initial reaction, and then shouts filled the streets and flags were hung in the windows. War had taken over the minds of the Frenchmen shouting, too arms, citizens! Many young, old, military men banded together in what they would call a brotherhood. Paris was singing, and all the dream of peace had crumbled. Now chants of “to Berlin” could be herd. Upon getting wind of the upcoming epidemic, Germany was not ready to back down. The moment some had been waiting for, soon the topic of war had been on the lips of almost every German around. Support had been coming in from all angle and was in great majority, ignoring the horrors of what the future might bring. Many... ... middle of paper ... ...only writer to have taken part in the fight. In the two poems one written by a British poet Siegfried Sassoon who served in the bulk of the front lines. The poem he wrote was about how hyped up the soldiers were at the start of the war, and by the end there was nothing left to look forward to. The second poet, Wilfred Owen, was also from Britain and served on the front line. His focus is about men who were disabled in the war, and now looks out with not being able to go and do what he was able to do before. The war started out with morale an all-time high. Young boys went in and the ones that made it out, came out nothing but a shell of their former selves. There were many twists and turns that loomed over many outcomes. What was once a union of brought together by relays has now crumbled to nothing more than the cobblestone that the batter soldiers now walk on.
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