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WW1 soldiers final - History 4020 Midterm Life in the...

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History 4020 Midterm Life in the Trenches: Factors From Behind the Lines During the Great War the personal accounts and historical records of life in the trenches of the Western Front are marked with extreme brutality and horror. In the advent of the first truly industrial war, modern artillery in the battlefield led to a war frozen by impregnable lines of machine gun fire and devastating barrages which took the lives of soldiers indiscriminately on a regular basis. Thousands upon thousands of soldiers on both on the Allied and Central Powers perished, and the survivors of the front-lines witnessed hell on earth. What is striking about trench warfare in the Great War is the way in which such suffering was experienced. The First World War had focused the might of the colonial powers drawing not only European conscripts, but also Americans, Canadians, Australians, Ottomans, and Indians, into the fray. The hardships these people faced on the front were nearly uniform, taking heavy casualties for few strategically positive outcomes. Evidence from history, however, suggests that combat on the front, fought by soldiers from a diverse array of national and cultural backgrounds, was an experience influenced by cultural perspectives and the degree of contrast between war and conditions on the respective home fronts. Compared to the European soldiers, the Indian auxiliaries and the American infantries brought cultural perspectives that allowed them to see the same war in very different ways. Though the soldiers fighting on the Western Front undoubtedly viewed and reacted to the tragedy of the war in similar ways, the cultural disparity Indian infantrymen witnessed offered them a favorable view on Europe. Their European counterparts were in no way optimistic about the war and its implications for their nations. Conditions were poor in the trenches and the problems of European troops were intensified by struggling logistical support and national food shortages (Lecture, 5). Martha Hanna addresses the experience of French soldier Paul Pireaud on the front who urged his wife
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course HIST 4020 taught by Professor Bruce during the Spring '07 term at Colorado.

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WW1 soldiers final - History 4020 Midterm Life in the...

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