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Is source a more reliable than source b for a study of the Effect of artillery in WW1?

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Is source a more reliable than source b for a study of the Effect of artillery in WW1? I have found, by using various sources that artillery wasn't very effective in WW1. In many sources the artillery had not broken the barbed wire and when the soldiers had to go over the top they couldn't get past the barbed wire and the German machine guns cut them to ribbons. Craig mare says this and I think that his source is unbiased as it was after the war and he made it for history students so it is unlikely to be biased. Jack cousins agrees with source an as he says the wire was untouched by the artillery. Liddle hart also agrees and he says that defence was slack and the Germans performed drills. AJP Taylor says that the guns were useless and could not penetrate Germans dug out. Russell says that it was useless, as the fence had not been touched. Agreeing with source B field Marshall Haig said the nation must bear the losses, as we cannot win without a few deaths was written before battle. Agreeing with source B 'spirits are high' he also says that 'the barbed wire was cut'. Private George Coppard Agrees with source A, hundreds were dead and there was no gap in the fence and the artillery makes it worse. I think that A is more reliable as there is more evidence to support it and we know why it was made. ...read more.

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In November 1917 he was passed fit for General Service and returned to the Regimental Depot, from whence in January 1918, he was posted to Limerick. In February 1918, Sassoon was posted to Palestine with the 25th Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After three months in Palestine the Battalion was posted to France and Sassoon eventually found himself in the Front Line near Mercatel. From there he moved to St. Hilaire and the Front Line at St. Floris where his old foolhardiness took over, despite the responsibility of being a Company Commander. Sassoon decided to attack the German trenches opposite them, and he went out with a young Corporal. His actions were paid for with a wound to his head on July 13, 1918, and Sassoon was invalided back to England. That was the end of Sassoon's War. After a period of convalescence he was placed on indefinite sick leave until after the Armistice, eventually retiring officially from the Army in March 1919. Much of Sassoon's poetry written during the War was epigrammatic and satirical in nature. Several poems, particularly those in Counter-Attack and Other Poems are aimed at those on the Home Front. Sassoon used his poems to hit out at those at Home whom he considered to be making a profit out of the War, or those whom he felt were helping to prolong the War. Only a few of his poems were actually about the generals and other senior officers - the two best known of these being Base Details and The General. ...read more.

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Another major problem was rat infestation; a pair of rats can produce 880 offspring in a year and even clean and dry trenches were infested, "There are millions! Some are huge fellows nearly as big as cats. Several of our men were awakened to find a rat snuggling down under the blankets alongside them." Soldiers were theoretically well fed; this is an actual list of how much they ate per day, List of rations: 1 man per day Meat (bully beef) 1 LB Bread (or biscuits) 1 1/4 LB Bacon 1/4 LB Tea 1/2 oz Sugar 2 oz Jam 2 oz Cheese 1 oz Butter 3/4 oz Potatoes 3/4 LB Salt 1 oz Pepper 1/36 oz Mustard 1/20 oz Although cooking was difficult due to a limited supply of utensils. The only evidence that suggests that the source is right is from generals who had never been on the front line and didn't actually know what the conditions were like; these generals spent their time making plans hundreds of kilometres away in nice houses with all the comfort they wanted. This makes their ideas biased, as they have had no experience of life in the trenches. I therefore conclude that the source is wrong and that life in the trenches was far worse than the source depicts as the evidence against far out ways the evidence for the advert. When I was in Belgium I went in a canteen that had a ceiling of about four feet. It was waterlogged; the water was about a foot deep and my trainers a ruined Black Adder Chris Deaville 10W2 History ...read more.

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