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The war on the Western Front

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Nick Taylor 2nd October 01 Coursework Assignment: The war on the Western Front 1. Source A and B both have advantages and disadvantages. Source A discusses many valid and different points to B and B always shows valid and different points. Artillery is shown in photograph B to destroy the enemies' defences, so the attacker can advance and take the enemies fortification or trench, but the picture looks suspicious because there is a British soldier is standing over the remains of a German machine gun post and that would be unlikely in September 1916 and probably propaganda for current battle The Somme which ended in a stalemate and the trench also looks suspicious because a lot of German trenches were concrete and very advanced, but this particular trench is wooden and primitive. Source A explains what British soldiers were told and then explains the harsh reality that Artillery was not as affective as people were led to believe and this led to a slaughter. Many shared this view of Historian Craig Mair such as Private Coppard (survivor of the Somme) " Any Tommy could have told them that shell fire lifts wire up and drops it... ...read more.

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would be, followed by doubt and worry and our exit from the war would be quick because of pressure on the Government, which the Government didn't want. 5. Source H has much strength as a source, even though it also has many weaknesses as an interpretation of the war on the Western Front. Source H is a Television program called "The Monocled Mutineer". "The Monocled Mutineer" is based loosely on events about Percy Topliss during World War 1. Alan Bleasedale wrote "The Monocled Mutineer" he is a famous writer of drama, mostly from the ordinary working class people point of view. We call such a writer, a socialist writer. This means that source H maybe biased in some parts. The strengths of source H are that the trenches and the environments are almost the same as WW1. The trenches echo with constant shell explosions, mist due to shells, which have made clouds making it hard to see. The trenches were filled with sludgy mud and the wet mud was everywhere. The trenches were as high as a tall man to protect the men and two men wide. Explosions hit the ground everywhere around them, even as close as a few yards away. Constant sounds of screams and shouted orders echoed above everyone. ...read more.

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The source continues explaining how he thought he was pre-ordained by God, which led to his inability to realise defeat that caused him to make more mistakes like at Passchendaele and this led to a longer war. Source E is useful at helping understand why WW1 lasted so long as it described attrition, which was used by all sides all, wearing each other down slowly. This was because General unable to think of effective ways to break the stalemate Source F is useful at helping explain why the lasted so long because it helped recruit people by selling the war and not just cigarettes, the success of the recruitment drive allowed for enough men to continue attrition tactics and so the war lasts longer. Source G is useful at explaining why the war lasted so long because the bad conditions, which caused trench foot etc., also lowered morale and hampered soldiers who fought. Source H shows that the war lasted so long because the men in authority were incompetent because they sent out more soldiers when the war was obviously lost. The sources only helps you understand why WW1lasted so long, but I think the sources are not detailed enough to make you fully understand why the war lasting so long. ...read more.

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