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  1. Why is the battle of the Somme regarded as such a great military tragedy?

    This was an idea of Kitcheners were friends and family could join together but ultimately die together. I believe the battle of the Somme us regarded as such a great military tragedy, because of the first day this was a major deflation in moral, which I don't believe anyone really got over. Also the lost of men makes the first day one of the most memorable battles Britain had ever entered. Another reason why the Somme is regarded as a great military tragedy was because of poor planning by Haig, which basically was the starting reason for everything that happened in the Somme, the failure of the tanks or the lack of experience for example.

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  2. How did the Romans View the Britons and the conquest?

    to my country and focused on the conquest of the Romans- and take up a more relaxed job, possibly as a farmer. The pay as a farmer will be far superior to how it is for me at the moment, solely because I have to pay for all my armour and meals, without any choice of our own. It seems extremely unfair that we have to suffer when it's us who is serving our country, but I have no choice in the matter.

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  3. charge of the light brigade essay

    The poem suggests that it is these moments before the battle has begun that are the Brigade's greatest glory. No sooner does line 9 repeat the shouted command that sends the Light Brigade to their doom than line 10 makes the reader wonder whether any of the soldiers were stricken with fear upon hearing the command. Although we currently closely associate the word "dismay" with "shock," its actual meaning includes a loss of courage. By raising this issue as a question and then answering that no, there was no fear, Tennyson gives the reader a moment's pause to let the full extent of the soldiers' bravery sink in.

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  4. deliverance and disaster

    This source, is a primary source. Anybody with his status would have had an incredibly superior awareness of the army's plans and would have had a first hand outlook on what was going on. Furthermore the source is providing us with a more realistic notion of what ensued as it is not saying that the British were unflustered by the state of affairs. He is not only acknowledging that the British were suffering, but also revealing it to everyone, which would have been a very risky strategy unless it was in a diary, the is no value in being deceitful in a diary.

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  5. This essay would be examining the methods through which the British won the Battle of Britain, through the use of radar and the careful use their fighter planes. It

    Contrary to his belief the British were resistant and rejected his surrender terms. Following this Seel�we, Operation Sea-Lion, was established in which the Germans were going to take out the British Air Force and then if it succeeded subsequently proceed with an invasion through the English Channel. Numerically the RAF was at a disadvantage, but with careful management and technique, they were still able to frustrate the Luftwaffe. A plan was hatched to directly attack the RAF airfields and aircraft production centers, Hermann G�ring called his plans Adlerangriff (Eagle Attack), beginning on August 11 with Adlertag (Eagle Day), but even before this there was to be a month of attacks on Channel convoys and the RAF out over the water.

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  6. Radar and excellent new fighters account for Britain's victory in the Battle of Britain.

    As the battle progressed death of pilots would mean even more inexperienced 'boys' taking planes up. Likewise Radar which had been developed greatly by the British did provide a good cover of British outer airspace and warn of incoming enemy. Yet when in British airspace enemy planes had to be observed by the observer corp. It seems quite clear therefore that these two factors alone could not have been the reason for British victory. Counter factors about RAF Radar in fact made up part of a greater defence system known as the 'Dowding System' after Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, the leader of RAF Fighter Command.

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  7. Was the battle of the Somme a complete failure? IntroductionThe 1916 Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles

    The main weapon used by British soldiers in the trenches was the bolt-action rifle. 15 rounds could be fired in a minute and a person 1,400 meters away could be killed. However new weapons were being made and the British army introduced tanks, planes, machineguns, grenades and artillery guns. As well as on land attacks there were naval forces. Which Britain specialized in as they used battle ships and submarines. One of the most famous battle ships was the dreadnought.

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  8. Why is the battle of the Somme regarded as a great military tragedy? The battle of the Somme started on July 1st 1916 and took place in the Somme

    The Battle of the Somme was the result of both of these. I believe that the Battle of the Somme is regarded as such a great military tragedy because so much unhappiness was caused due to the amount of the strategy that went wrong. The fact that the tragedy was partly caused by delayed bombing, failed tanks an inexperienced soldiers highlights the fact that it is regarded as such a great military tragedy. For many the Battle of the Somme is regarded as a great military tragedy. This is for many reasons, but in my eyes the biggest reason for this is the thousands of soldiers lost.

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  9. A Comparison of Poems The Charge of the light brigade" by Alfred Lord Tennyson, "The destruction of Sennacherib" by Lord Byron, The Drum by Lord John Scott.

    The soldiers bravely followed orders without question. "Theirs not to make a reply, Theirs not to reason why," The third verse also uses repetition. "Cannon to the right of them, Cannon to the left of them, Cannon in front of them" The repetition is used because it stresses how vulnerable the men are to the Russians. They were surrounded in a "valley of death" with the guns of the enemy surrounding them. Onomatopoeic words like "Volleyed" and "Thundered" are used.

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  10. How Reliable is the 1916 film of The Battle of the Somme? Geoffrey Malins (1886-1940) was one of two official British photographers assigned to the Western Front

    The film's main aim was too ensure the British back home that the British were doing well. If they did not achieve this aim the British public and many people throughout Europe would try to stop war and this is something the government did not want to happen. One of the main key messages in the film was that the British were the better side, this was shown by British helping injured German soldiers, giving German's cigarettes and even when caught the German prisoners looked happy.

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  11. The Battle Of Hastings was in the year 1066, in the medieval times.The battle took place at the south Coast of the United Kingdom

    In this Essay about the Battle Of Hastings, I am going to give all f the detailed reasons why William Of Normandy won and why Harold Godwinson lost the Battle Of Hastings!!!!! How Well William Was Prepared During the battle of Hastings, William was quite prepared to go to war with Harold Godwinson, apart from when the wind changed, other than that, he was prepared and had his army fully trained to go to war with him. There were many good points and bad points about Williams's preparations such as: * William had assembled a great army of his and had very good weapons to kill Harold Godwinson's army.

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  12. Battles and arms of the Civil War

    First Battle of Bull Run Also known as the Battle of Manassas, it was fought on July 21, 1861. It was the first major battle of the civil war. The Union under the command of Brigadier General Irvin McDowell was to go through and fight Confederate General Beauregard at the Manassas Junction. While this happened, Union Major General Robert Patterson was to engage Confederate General Johnston. With this, Johnston could not reinforce Beauregard. As McDowell marched for two days, he discovered that Beauregard moved up to Bull Run.

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  13. Why did Britain beat the Nazis in the Battle of Britain

    down over Britain were either taken prisoner or they took to hiding in the countryside, this increased the number of German pilots that were lost in Battle, which gave the Britons other advantages in the economy of the pilots they had to use. However the Germans were training over 800 pilots a month compared to the British that were only training 200 pilots a month. The Germans pilots also received more training than the British pilots making the German Luftwaffe more experienced then the RAF, which is another reason why the Germans should have won.

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  14. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT SOURCES I & J DIFFER ABOUT THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME? Sources I and J are both written by Lloyd George, the first when he was 'Secretary for War'

    Source I was written a good few weeks into the Battle of the Somme and so it would have been apparent that the battle was going quite to plan, so I find it quite surprising how a very much internal letter is so complimentary of the way the battle is going. There are a few possible reasons for this, perhaps that George had the same mentality as Haig and thinks every metre gained is a metre closure to victory ignoring the human cost to get the metre of land in the first place, and basically accepted a war of attrition as the most successful tactic.

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  15. Saving Private Ryan Examine Steven Spielberg's use of images and Presentation of war. Refer closely to the first twenty-five minutes of "Saving Private Ryan."?

    He also shows how the allies seemed to be in a state of shock, horror an confusion. This is because most of the troops had never seen action before. Infact it was a massive 95% of troops who hadn't been in action before. Spielberg also seems to use handheld camera's in the battle scenes. This shows the Jerkiness of the battle and makes the audience feel as though they're there in the battle and part of it. Spielberg creates the film to give a realistic prospective of what the war was like in an unbiased view.

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  16. Why is the Battle of the Somme regarded as such great military tragedy? For this question, I will be exploring why the Battle of the Somme is regarded as such great

    Haig's misunderstanding of modern warfare lead to chaos on the battle field and what's more, no orders were prepared for the situations that soldiers found themselves in. Therefore poor leadership had a key role in making the battle of the Somme a great military tragedy. Furthermore, General Haig and Deputy General Rawlinson worked out the tactics. However German defences had been underestimated. This meant that when Haig and Rawlinson were relying on a huge artillery bombardment and mines to cut barbed wire and practically demolish German trenches and dug outs, neither of those were achieved, thus the battle is regarded as a tragedy due to tactics.

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  17. Why was the British able to win the Battle of Britain?

    Britain had magnificent technology. From the start of the battle, the British used radar. This allowed them to spot the size, height and direction of German attacks so that their offensives could be intercepted and blunted. This allowed pilots and soldiers to rest without suspense and when planes were spotted time to prepare and get into the air for flight.

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  18. The significance of the battle of the Somme

    Though this was appalling, it was a success in various ways. As a result of this failure they learnt from fatal mistakes for future battles such as the 2nd battle of the Marne on July 15th which assisted in winning the war. This, in theory, was a great step for the allies as it allowed a swifter and heavily improved attack. The Somme, in many ways, was more or less a training ground for Allied troops.

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  19. Compare the presentation of war in the Olivier and Branagh versions of 'Henry V'. Link the representation of war to the times when the two films were made.

    The spirit of whose ancestors it has been humbly attempted to recapture." This is intended to make the audience feel proud to be fighting for England as their ancestors did. Being produced during the Second World War, many of the viewers may have had relatives out in battle. They had no clear idea of the reality due to the lack of technology and communication. The light-hearted view of the battles reassured the audience. It is shown very patriotically and heroically so the audiences would feel good about the war and have felt proud to be English.

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  20. In 1066, it was a year of crisis. There were two bloody battles, namely the Battle of Stanford Bridge

    Harold Godwineson, Harald Hardraada and William (Duke of Normandy) all wanted to be the next King of England. Harald Hardraada fought with Harold Godwineson in the Battle of Stanford Bridge on 25th September 1066. After Harold won the Battle of Stanford Bridge, William (Duke of Normandy) landed in England. Harold was exhausted after the battle and he lost a lot of his good men. London was the capital of England. He did not want William to take this important city.

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  21. "Assess the importance of Britain's contribution to the defeat of Germany in WWI"

    The main tactics used were to just let the tank roll forward and just surprise the enemy. The psychological impact of the tank was enormous as it shocked the Germans extremely, as they saw these weird armored cars rolling towards them. One of the main strengths of the tank was the great interest the media had in it. Also the government was interested in the tank as it boosted the morale of the people. After the battle stories about the 32 tanks that had fought in the battle.

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  22. The battle of the Somme took place in the North- East of France on the 1st of July 1916

    New regiments began to form and one of these was called 'Pals Battalions'. These were people from the same community who were friends all went to fight together and even die together. The first place to be attacked was Vimy Ridge which was on the western front and is now a memorial to those who died and had to stay in inhuman conditions. The divisions sent to Somme of the French were only 5 because some were involved in heavy the battle at Verdun.

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  23. The Fight of A Life Time Between The Two Saiyans

    Vegeta was surprised by Kakarot's power. He knew that he was a true saiyan. They both were going at it fist to fist, they were using nearly every technique they knew, but both were saving the best technique for last. When they use their true power. Both warrior were merely toying with each other. There was no doubt that the fait of the entire universe will be changed by this electrifying battle between the two saiyan. The battle had been on for some time now, both fighters were not going to give up easily.

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  24. "With reference to the chosen sequence from the Gladiator, write an analysis which focuses upon how editing, cinematography, and sound create meaning and generate response within the audience"

    The title of the film is Gladiator, from this the viewer would expect the film to be set in Rome, but these features are put together to highlight that the setting is not in Rome. The desert and Middle Eastern music are not typical features of Rome. The props and setting also convey the genre of the film. The genre is a historical adventure and although the scene is not set in Rome there are features such as the coliseum and chariots which suggest to the audience that the film is set in that particular time period. The props i.e.

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  25. Compare and contrast "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Henry V's speech at Harfleur by William Shakespeare.

    The first contrast I can see is that they were written about different wars. The Charge of the Light Brigade was where soldiers were going to fight at the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War, responding to a mistaken command. This poem was written by Alfred, Lord Tennyson after the war. Whereas in Henry V the soldiers were going back to fight the French at Harfleur. This was spoken out loud to inspire the English soldiers to go back into battle.

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