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  1. The trapped soul

    Not a soul stirred in the Russian camp, exhausted after their one hundred and ten kilometre walk from Moscow: A cockerel crowed in the distance, signalling the dawn of a new day. Dimitry a peasant soldier of the Tsar, woken by the gentle breeze that caressed his innocent face, the sunlight danced, dappled through the tree that had protected him from a midnight downpour. Dimitry was a lanky figure compared to his smaller grubbier friend even though they were of similar age.

    • Word count: 1148
  2. 'The Charge Of The Light Brigade' - analysis

    It seems the command was given for the soldiers to go to their death they knew this but they carried on to show that they would die for their country. The valley of death is a metaphor and imagery is used here. This tells you that the soldiers are going to their death and they know it. This describes what the valley was like. Forward the light brigade, this is direct speech and into the valley of death is where Tennyson is slowly building up repitition.

    • Word count: 752
  3. "How far was the Battleof the Somme a "Victory" for the British?"

    At first there were around 120,000 British soldiers attacking along the 18 mile front. The British and the French offensive against the Germans were led by General Joffre and General Douglas Haig. According to the Richard Tames book both the generals had certain qualities in common. Both had a reputation for a cool head in crisis. They seemed to be the right people to lead the British and the French through victory according to the British point of view. During colonial captures they were generals against the weak side. But this time they were going to fight a stronger side which they were not used to.

    • Word count: 1887
  4. Are knights and castles a sufficient explanation for Norman military success between 1066 and 1087?

    However, there is some debate amongst historians as to the importance of the cavalry. Richard Glover stresses, from looking at the Tapestry, that there was no uniformity of armament, nor unity of the Norman cavalry charges. Moreover, he points out that eventually the cavalry were forced to dismount their horses and fight on foot, as more horses were killed. ( It was suggested by William of Poitiers that William the conqueror had three horses killed from under him) This suggests that the knights in cavalry were not essential to military success.

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  5. Why is the Battle of the Somme regarded as such a great military tragedy?

    The battle did not go to plan and is surrounded by a lot of controversy. Many people believe this battle was a tragedy. The British soldiers were ordered to walk across no mans land; this order was based on the assumption that the week long barrage had destroyed most of the German defences. General Haig had not gained enough knowledge on the condition of the German trenches after the week long barrage. This means that many soldiers' lives were put in danger when they were told not to run. This meant that the soldiers were easy targets for the Germans.

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  6. Why did Britain win the Battle of Britain?

    Firstly, the tactics employed by both sides would play a key role in itself to deciding the outcome of the Battle of Britain. The battle started on July 10th 1940 when the Luftwaffe attempted to gain control of the Straits of Dover. The tactics employed by the Luftwaffe was to tempt the RAF out for a full-scale battle. However, by the end of July, the RAF had lost 150 aircraft while the Luftwaffe had lost 268. These figures illustrate that there was a much greater loss of aircraft experienced by Germany than the British.

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  7. Does Ridley Scott achieve the structure of an Epic in the film 'Gladiator'?

    Ridley Scott doesn't waste a second. You are with Maximus getting the troops ready for battle. This means that there is no introduction to Maximus and who he is, but the way it starts almost makes you think you know him. He is the respected leader as the film follows him around the battlefield. This links him again to the epic hero needing no introduction. There is a muse at the very start of the film with Maximus walking through the fields; this is relating him to the basic essentials of life. It makes a humble connection so that he is at one with the earth.

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  8. Why Did So Many Men die in the Battle of the Somme?

    While the bombardment was taking place, the Germans had withdrawn into especially prepared deep dugouts. Once it had stopped, they prepared for the advancing British soldiers. (Evidence here a primary source from a German soldier describing what he saw after when he saw the bombardment stopped) (Another source but secondary from a film showing the British troops coming out of their trenches) The Germans only had one order to give, 'Fire!' The British suffered 60,000 casualties, including 20,000 deaths, on the first day of the attack alone.

    • Word count: 1787
  9. Consider the way in which Shakespeare presents Martius in the early part of the play.

    In fact, he is further described as, 'a very dog to the commonalty'. Here Shakespeare uses animal imagery, common throughout the play, to great effect in portraying Martius' unpleasant character. The assembled hoi polloi continue their criticism of Martius' personality, describing how he 'pays himself (that is, for his services to the country) with being proud'. Additional reference is made to his pride in line 35, where the First Citizen alleges that 'what he hath done famously...he did...to be partly proud - which he is, even to the altitude of his virtue'.

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  10. Diagnostic essay on 'Waterloo' by Raymond Garlick

    Not only is the concentration placed on Waterloo, the subject of war, generally, could also be applied to the speaker's rhetorical and subtle questioning in the poem. The speaker invites the readers on a journey (as could be suggested from the first stanza: ... we went once There were several hours to fill Before we caught the boat. He influences the readers' view, by conveying his own views about the Battle, as well as the value of war from a modern context.

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  11. How far was The Battle of the Somme a

    B Summary of evidence In 1916, the British planned to attack the Germans near the Somme River. Their main aim of this attack was to relieve the French pressure at the battle of Verdun, which was going on from the early part of the year. 'Their plan was breathtakingly simple. Having assembled the greatest concentration of artillery in its entire history, the British army would bombard the German defenses until their barbed wire was cut destroyed, their trenches caved in, their strong points were smashed to fragments and the few remaining defenders were to too scared to fight.

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  12. Was the Battle of the Somme a success or a failure?

    In 1916, one of the biggest battles in the history of British Military history started. This battle was named The Battle of the Somme, named this because the region the battle took place was called the Somme. There were many reasons for basing the attack there.The most important reason was to relieve pressure of the French who were being attacked at Verdun. The Germans were very close to breaking through the French lines so Britain had to act quick and attack Germans from a different angle.

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  13. The Comparison of November, 1806 (Wordsworth); To the Men of Kent (Wordsworth); Drummer Hodge (Hardy); and The Charge of the Light Brigade (Lord Alfred Tennyson)

    To the Men of Kent has no setting but is written about the population of Kent, Southern England who are asked to protect England from the threat of invasion across the channel. November, 1806 is set in Prussia. This is told to us by the footnote at the bottom of the poem, which tells us that 'The Battle of Jena, on 14th October 1806, resulted in the complete over throw of Prussia by the French under Napoleon'. The settings of these poems all involve British me in some way, as it is either the British army ("The Charge of the Light Brigade" and "Drummer Hodge")

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  14. Original writing on the Western Front - Confidential- Military Report

    This plan did fail because of Belgiums resistance and Russias army being prepared earlier than expected of the Germans. Russia also had a plan of thier own and it turned out to be a success. They managed to overwhelm Germany with the size of their army and get it prepared in 10 days. This also helped the Schlieffen plan to fail. Our army and France had a plan aswell. Which was called Plan 17. It was a success as they managed to charge across the frontier and attack Germany forcing them to surrender. The British Expeditionary Force was well trained and equipped which meant they could go over to France anytime and fight along side them.

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  15. Why did William win at the Battle of Hastings?

    To make things worse for Harold he was excommunicated from the Catholic Church. "Pope Alexander II was a pupil of Lanfranc who was now a trusted adviser to William. It was this fact that his blessing was eventually given. William now had the papal banner on his side. This made it much easier to rally his men to arms. " (1066.com) Many of the knights William recruited had their own horses, men and equipment and were trained for months leading up to battle. This meant they were organized and knew what to do when the time came to set sail for England.

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  16. "Why Is The Battle of The Somme Regarded As Such A Military Tragedy"

    Haig and his Generals expected the Battle to be won quickly; they thought that after the bombardment not many Germans would have survived, he claimed, "not even a rat would be alive" at the end of it. The first reason (why the Battle of the Somme is regarded as military tragedy) to be looked at is the attitude of General Haig. Haig expected that casualties would be high, because he warned the politicians in 1916 that the country needed to be prepared for heavy losses if the war was to be won.

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  17. Battle of the sexes.

    And the outcome, which is the result of such negotiation, is called negotiated settlement. This game is the classic example of how cooperation can be achieved even when people are selfish. It shows how commonality of the objective can resolve conflict. Battle of the sexes illustrates the conflict between a man who wants to go to a prizefight and a women who wants to go to a ballet. Though selfish, they are deeply in love and would, if need arises, sacrifice their preferences in order to be with each other. Here cooperation, not rivalry, works.

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  18. 'Stalingrad was the most significant turning point of the war on the Eastern Front for both the Soviet Army and the Wehrmacht.' To what extent do you agree with this interpretation? Use all of the sources and your own knowledge to explain your answer.

    This implication is reasonably correct, because there was much death and destruction at Stalingrad, but the source was Soviet propaganda, which limits its reliability. I feel that German morale was not greatly affected by the loss at Stalingrad because it was kept a secret from the German public for a long time after the battle. The German army's morale may have lowered and Source E supports this view, by describing the valiant effort made by the Germans so that their future generations may live.

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  19. Why a Stalemate developed on the Western Front.

    This was the first problem that was going to lead to stalemate on the western front. The British Expeditionary Force landed in France and confronted the Germans on the 23rd of August at Mons. They fought well and the Germans believed they were up against machine gun fire. Taking this into account though the British did not have enough men to stop the Germans, but they killed many soldiers at that battle and were able to form an orderly retreat. They couldn't stop the wheel but the Germans lost momentum and were beginning to run out of fuel.

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  20. 'The Age of Iron' commentary by Eda Karaman.

    However, after reading the piece of writing the title is of some relevance. The title of the extract is a metaphor used to allow the reader to draw a link between it and the passage itself. An iron-willed boy that is driven by the powerful force of battle, 'The instinct of battle too strong in him, driving him on,' depicts the connection between the title and extract. The clever use of a metaphor helps the reader to vividly draw this link.

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  21. "Compare the ways in which "on the idle hill" and "The destruction of Sennacherib" portrays images of war".

    Byron's poem is a stereotype of war. The title shows action and it brings a sense of all encompassing. Whereas "On the idle hill" shows laziness as "idle" personifies the hill making the start of the poem peaceful and natural. This image contradicts war, which is very ironic. The two poems by Byron and Housman portray war. "On the idle hill" is a very natural affair. "The Destruction of Sennacherib" is a very violent and graphic event. Both of the poems show the beginning and the end of the battle and misses out the actual war. This firstly leaves the battle to the readers imagination so it can be interpreted differently, and secondly it makes the reader concentrate of the consequences.

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  22. Explain how Herodotus builds up to the battle of Salamis.

    '...troops from all over the states hurried to the Isthmus, where they took up their position...they began to build a wall over the Isthmus.' The hurried construction of this wall shows the fear and the insecurity they possess in their own ability to win the battle of Salamis. Herodotus also builds up the tension by describing the details of the preparations made by the Athenians for the battle of Salamis, such as the evacuation of the city of Athens. This heightens the tension, since the reader realises that the situation is so serious that the Athenians are prepared to leave

    • Word count: 993
  23. The Awakening of Supreme Magus.

    Good and evil balance out the world. So when one evil person perishes another will always be born. This was his birthright, his destiny, call it what you want but this was something inevitable. Both warriors looked at each other with distaste, then both immense powers clashed with their swords, everyone stopped fighting for a brief moment because who ever won this duel would deal a decisive blow to their enemies. The battle raged on with a new level of fierceness, there was no holding back.

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  24. Using your knowledge of the Battle acquired during the trip and by referring to the information provided about the war, explain which interpretation of the Battle you feel is the most accurate.

    The battle was a success as the Allies, in the form of the Canadians, made plans and careful preparations for the battle. They made a full-scale replica of the battlefield and the troops practised the attack manoeuvres until they knew exactly what to do and when to do it. They also had aerial reconnaissance to continually update intelligence on the German defences by taking photos of the area. Also, tunnellers cut out twelve subways underneath the chalky ground; in order for infantry to move under cover to the German front line, as close as possible to the enemy.

    • Word count: 755
  25. The Battle of Dieppe.

    Most of the soldiers had basic training, but it didn't help them in bomb exploding. All of them might have been waiting for a short time or some had to wait for 2 months before engaging into battle which took their life in an instant. If the Allied General was more aware of the battle 907 Canadians wouldn't lose their lives on August 9, 1942 in the battle of Dieppe.

    • Word count: 551

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