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Compare the attitude to war in Tennyson's 'Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Owen.

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Introduction

Compare the attitude to war in Tennyson's 'Charge of the Light Brigade' and 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Owen. The Crimean war started in 1853 and ended three years later in 1856. It was fought between Russia on one side and Turkey, France, Britain and Sardinia on the other. The fighting took place mainly in Turkey. The technology of the Crimean war was not that good. They used gunpowder, as it was one of the best fighting resources that they had. The main problem though with using gunpowder was that it caused a lot of smoke and that made it very hard to see on the battlefield. So because of this they wore bright red uniforms so that they could see each other. But the only problem with that was that the enemy could also see them quite clearly so they would be fairly easy targets. Another main resource in the Crimean war was the use of horses. Horses were used very widely in battles by both the officers and the cavalry. ...read more.

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The military strategy that the British army used in the Crimean war was very simple. The leaders and officers were untrained so they really had no idea of how to go about fighting a war. The British army were often called the 'thin red line', as they would march in lines slowly towards the enemy. The First World War started in 1914 and ended four years later in 1918. The technology had greatly improved since previous wars. The First World War was the war were lots of new technology came into use, so it became more advanced, as new things were used and different things were tried out. Lots of new weapons were used like machine guns, high powered rifles and gas, all of these things were very efficient at killing, so more troops died. Also towards the end of the war planes and tanks started to come into use. Horses were not used that much in World War 1 as they were well out of date and they would not have been much use as they could just be shot very easily, with all the new technology. ...read more.

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Some people really wanted to join the army, so they would lie about their age, many were only 16 when they really had to be 19. The role of women in getting men to go to war was very important. Women would pressurize men to join by giving them a white feather, if they wouldn't go, this was to say that he was a coward. This would make the men feel very stupid, so they would probably then sign up. Women were also told not to date a man unless he was a soldier. Their attitude to war was mostly that it was fun and exiting. They thought that war would prove that they were a real man, they thought that war would make a man of them. They all wanted to do their bit, and they also wanted a chance to prove themselves. They thought that war would be a lot of fun, many even hoped that the war would not be over before they got there. They thought that they were big and strong and that by wearing the uniform they looked brave and attractive. Many of the soldiers thought that the war would be over in six months. ...read more.

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