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Different representations of trench warfare in World War One.

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History Notes on Q2: - The Museum at Notre Dame de Lorette and Source E (a novel written in the 1970's by an Australian author - David Malouf) both show different representations of trench warfare in World War One. The Museum at Notre Dame de Lorette focuses on the day-to-day life on the soldiers. It shows that life did not only contain fighting, but also soldiers resting and socialising whilst playing cards, smoking or planning future attacks. The display does show signs of causalities by the First Aid Post and a soldier being operated on. This implies that there was always help available and that the soldiers were looked after in all cases. ...read more.

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The museum can only show the war with available sources and artefacts. Hence, the impression will be with the positive feature of the war. The cemetry next to the museum shows the mass deaths, whilst the museum shows more information on the subject. As a French museum, it is likely to be visited by people that have lost relatives in the war. These people would not want to be reminded of the bad, horrific points of the war. They would prefer to believe that their loved one's experienced moments of companionship and care. Source E emphasises on the horrific aspects of World War One. It shows details of death and the living alongside rats and lice. ...read more.

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Also, Australians were in World War One, but they know little about the actual events and happenings in the war. It may have been written for the Australians to provide them with a wider knowledge of the war, but mainly focusing on the mass killing. I believe that certain aspects of both the museum and Source E are reliable and accurate. The novel has been written to sell, but includes many details and aspects of the war that are similar and relate to other sources; for example, the dirty and muddy conditions agree with the trenches at the museum (See Question One). The museum itself is privately owned and acts as a service to people wanting to find out more about the war and the conditions; and it also uses original artefacts. Overall, the two sources together show clearly what trench warfare was like during World War One. ...read more.

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