World War I

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World War I At the beginning of World War One the British army was very small and relied on volunteers to keep them involved in the War, and because more men were dying than there were new recruits signing up to fill their places, and men didn't want to enlist because no one wanted to die, the government introduced conscription in 1918. This meant that it was made compulsory for any man between the ages of 18 and 41 who was unmarried to enlist into the army. By May men were still dieing fast on the front and conscription was changed so that any men between the ages of 18 and 41 had to enlist regardless of whether they were married or not. Two years after conscription was introduced, so many men were being slaughtered the conscription started taking boys and old men. To try to make up for the number of men being lost, the age boundary was getting farther apart. Once again in January 1918 the ages changed again so that any man, married or otherwise, had to enlist if they fell into the new age boundary of 17 to 55. One may question at this time that even though it was recognized that so many men were dying, why then were the British sending more? It seemed idiotic to keep sending in more and more men when it was obvious so many were dying for no clear reason. It wasn't just one generation that the war was wiping out it was several. Grandparents, young boys and parents were included in this. That alone was three generations being erased just on the fronts? Excluding the generations being wiped out as a result of the fighting: children, babies etc. at the Home Front. Propaganda was being used in a desperate attempt to enc... ... middle of paper ... ...g wrong if they didn't join the army. Also I think the 'white feather' thing was unfair because it made men go against what they believed was right if they didn't want to fight. I have come to this conclusion because if the truth hadn't been hidden from the public, I don't think men would have cared about being branded a 'coward' or looking bad to their children, I think they would be happy to be alive and that the war wouldn't have been able to continue for as long as it had because no one would have signed up and I think a lot of people would find a way out of the conscription. I think it was unfair how the men were forced to fight. I think they should have had a choice, and I don't think propaganda should have been allowed. Men should have been able to make a choice after seeing facts and hearing things from others.

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