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  1. In this essay I am going to compare two poems written on the First World War. The first is 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke and the second is 'the Battle' written by Louis Simpson.

    He will be seen as one of many and not as an individual. The also thinks about what will happen after he has died 'a pulse in the eternal mind'. He thinks that when he dies he will only be alive in the mind and through memories. It' the only way he will live. 'The Battle' is about an army regiment who are off to the front line to fight, but on the way they are attacked and a long and bloody battle ensues. The poem is very descriptive. It describes what the men are wearing 'helmet, rifle, pack and overcoat', how they dug trenches 'they sank like moles' and finally the attack itself 'the shells and bullets swept the icy roads.

    • Word count: 858
  2. "Jellicoe threw away a great chance to Win a decisive victory at Jutland".

    Each fleet was led by their battle cruisers, which were very powerful. They both opened fire 15 kilometres away from each other at about half- past three in the afternoon. The German fleet had an advantage because their gunners were far more accurate than the British. Their shells were far more destructive as well. They annihilated two battle cruisers- the Indefatigable and the Queen Mary. Enormous internal explosions sank them. The German shells pierced the gun turrets and started fires on the British ships. The fire exploded the magazines and the ammunition, which was kept stored below decks.

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  3. Write a descriptive piece based on the theme of war or disability or degradation.

    You'll be like bloody tourists in foreign country you lot! Right Grison, outside, three times round the block." said 'Big Roger'. Cheers rung around the youngster's camp. This was not a good start to the morning as the battle was approaching, the next day in fact, and Grison's morale was dented. All day the higher ranked officers were bellowing out instructions, to the point of almost losing their bellowing voices, so that their soldiers are prepared fully and immaculately ready for war.

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

    These are some of the main points. There were many factors that affected the success or failure of the battle of the Somme. These were the weapons, tactics, leadership weakness, human cost and the morale of soldiers. One of the important factors that affected the result of the Somme was the leadership weakness. The main leader that was responsible for the Somme was General Haig. Haig was a well-educated man; he was educated at Clifton College and Brasenose College and Oxford.

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  5. Lord Alfred Tennyson wrote the poem The Charge of the Light Brigade, I will be looking at it in respect to a sense of patriotism.

    Only 195 men were left above Tennyson's commemorations of the British troop's dauntless obedience to orders on the battlefield. The poem describes the battle and how courageous the soldiers were. In the first stanza the brave six hundred soldiers advance by stages 'half a league' (half a mile), straight into the Jaws of death. The steady march of the soldiers is described here. The phrase is repeated. 'Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward. The commander gives the Light Brigade to advance and attack the Russian. 'Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!' this conjures images of heroes on horseback, charging fearlessly towards the guns.

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  6. Doomsday - creative writing.

    Men! Get back to your troops and wait for my signal on the pulse radio." The group of battle hardened officers crawl off the hill until they are sure that their new enemy coming into the far end of the valley cannot see them. If they do have the element of surprise, none of them wanted to be the one to blow it by being spotted. Once the last of the troop leaders is in position, it isn't long until the signal is given. The Device had continued to move forward at a steady pace and is now in range.

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  7. How useful are sources A, B and C in understanding what the battle for Dunkirk was like?

    In source A I don't think that there is really enough information to describe the battle accurately. The source only describes the army and what a shambles they were as they were being rescued. The source was focused more on the rabble of the army than of the actual battle happening around them. I think this is because the writer of the source is biased towards the army as he is in the navy and resents going to rescue them.

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  8. A Critical Analysis of

    Also, the words used for onomatopoetic effect are all descriptions of adversity and hardship. Words such as "shot" and "storm'd" conjure up images of the death in the mind of the reader. The stanza layout is specifically used to reflect the journey of the cavalry. In stanza one, they are striding towards the battlefield, moving "half a league onward". In the second canto, they are still travelling to the valley, and tension is mounting, even though their leader "had blunder'd".

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  9. Marathon 490 BC

    Delos - When the Persians arrived at Delos, all the priests had fled to a nearby island. The Persians told the Delians that they had no intention to sack the city, and instead offered a sacrifice of 300 talents worth of frankincense to the gods. Carystus - The Persians made siege to them and starved them of food, and then the Carystus' went over to the Persian side. 5. a) When news reached Athens that the Eretrians were going to be attacked they sent help, 5000 soldiers in total, but when the Retrain generals were in a split decision of what to do, some faithful leaders told the Athenians to go back, or they would meet their death.

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  10. Compare the treatment of the battle of Agincourt by, respectively, Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh in their films of Shakespeare's Henry V

    Colour was inevitably used anyway in order for the film to appear up to date. The target audience was obviously anyone who was beginning to feel depressed as the war dragged on. The Branagh version was made in 1989. By this time, everyone knew how tragic and terrible war was as communication had moved on to the extent that everyone had seen broadcasts of battle scenes from Vietnam. So Branagh took the opportunity to make a more realistic version of Henry V, the battle scene is almost a mockery of the deception carried by Olivier's version.

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  11. The battle for Stalingrad from between the 16th of January to the 3rd of February 1943.

    It was a dramatic reverse for German armies, but need never have happened if Hitler had been less obstinate. One point that was made clear to us as the battle waged was that deserters would be shot. This meant that there was a decision men had to make mid battle German bullets or Soviet bullets. The number of men who tried unsuccessfully to retreat was enormous. Brought to fight for their country only to be mowed down by their own comrades.

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  12. Compare and contrast The Charge of the Light Brigade withThe Defence of Lucknow by Alfred Lord Tennyson - What contrasting attitudes do they convey? How does he do this?

    Lawrence was leading of the 1700 men until he died at the opening of the siege. This poem was created by Tennyson in order to let people know, how brave the British were during this battle. Tennyson wants to let people know how well the English fought, in order to let people give sympathy and empathy for the British. I will be comparing and contrasting these two poems, as well as including the attitudes and themes of both poems. In the poem "THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE" it can be distinguished that Tennyson, indicates the British are real brave throughout the poem.

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  13. Compare and contrast Tennysons The Charge Of The Light Brigade and Wallaces War showing how the two poets express very different attitudes to warfare.

    reckon that most of the men in the Crimean war would believe In, king and country which is in my opinion the most valiant thing to, but not the most sensible. They believe it is their duty to fight to save their country. Alfred Tennysons background was that he was a famous poet he was the Queens appointed poet. He had no experience of battle personally. He just read Russells article about the battle in the Times newspaper report. So he did not see any blood or death.

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  14. The Battle of Britain

    He remarks that if Hitler fails to break through Britain Germany would lose the war. He also says the freedom of Europe and America would be lost if Nazi Tyranny was allowed to succeed and if Britain succeeds in survives it would be Britain's "finest hour". The second speech made in August 1940 to the House of Commons mentions "the few" the pilots and bombers and the debt owed to them. He emphasizes the importance of American help and how the British and Americans needed to cooperate fully.

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  15. Why Britain was able to win the Battle of Britain

    On August 12, 1940, German forces began a systematic campaign to destroy the radar stations along the channel coast. These were often heavy assaults - designed to follow one after the other, and were often spread out over considerable distances. This made it more difficult for the RAF to defend the targets. The attacks on the radar stations were important for German success because they gave the British crucial early warning - which allowed them to get more planes in the air faster. On August 13, "Eagle Day" as it became known, waves of strong attacks were launched by the Luftwaffe.

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  16. Why did the Royal Air Force win The Battle of Britain in 1940?

    Thought the British had some extremely influential strengths that were to win the Battle for Her. Firstly the leaders were significant in the Battle as Sir Hugh Dowding had been making important progress in the British air defence system since 1936 and had some very intelligent ideas that were to prove essential to the outcome of the Battle. Command and communication systems (which he himself had introduced this new invention) were very useful for sending orders directing the fighters to enemy fighters. He also was the introducer of the bulletproof glass for pilots' windscreens, this was a small part to the campaign but very substantial to the success of the safety of pilots who were crucial to the success of the entire war.

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  17. Vimy Ridge: The Battle of a Nation

    To protect these from infantry attack, concrete Machine Gun Posts were built. Being 60 meters high, Robert Nivelle the Commander-in-Chief of Allied forces on the Western Front had debated that if Allied forces had control over this key position, German activities would be in the commanding view from the front-line. Despite many failed attempts by the British and French to secure the position, 288,660 combined casualties had been reported in these assailants. Being destroyed of the their pride, British and French forces had called upon the assistance of Canada to aid in the capture of Vimy Ridge.

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  18. This essay will consist of a number of Interpretations some agreeing with the popular myth that the Battle of Britain was won "by the few" and the second part of the essay will be why Interpretations written after the battle do not follow the myth.

    All theses sources where produced during the time when the battle was taking place. The popular myth during the battle of Britain was that the Battle was won by the few and that Britain winning the battle would save the rest of the world from Nazism. The prime minister spoke about both of the popular myths in his famous and Nationalistic speeches, "If we can stand up to him, all of Europe will be free" "Never has so much be owed to so few", The popular myth was established due to propaganda. However there is some truth in the myth The Germans, who had 1,100 fighters, out numbered the Royal Air Force who had 850 fighters.

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  19. How did the Ulster 36th Division prepare for the battle

    New roads and rail-tracks were constructed and 120 miles of water pipes were laid. Tented accommodation for half a million men and 100,000 horses was put up. Mines were tunnelled, placed and charges under enemy strong points. Barbed wire cages were built for prisoners. Casualty clearings stations and mass graves were prepared and huge guns were placed wheel to wheel while planes shot down German "sausage" observation balloons. Battle plans were made in detail. The aims of the battle were; 1. To relive pressure on Verdun 2. To inflict grate loss on the enemy 3.

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  20. Compare and contrast the presentation of war in 'Charge of the Light Brigade, Dulce et decorum est and After Blenheim'

    In both of these it states that faith makes people brave when they are faced with death. In the earliest published version of this poem the command to charge forward was attributed to Lord Nolan, a well-known military figure of the time. It was later changed the speaker to an anonymous "he". In addition to hiding the identity of the speaker, the final version of the poem changes the command given from "Take the guns" to "Charge for the guns!"

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  21. Dunkirk - Source A is a contemporary painting, which means it, was not painted at the time. Which makes it a secondary piece of evidence, and it is an artist's impression of what happened.

    The photograph clearly shows that the battle of Dunkirk was a complete mess. There were hundreds of thousands of troops stranded on the beaches and you can only just make out the calm seas in the photo thankfully. If it was rough then we might have struggled getting all the men off the beach, but as the sea was calm, we managed to rescue 340,000 men of the beaches of Dunkirk. They had to leave all their equipment behind. Source C Source C is a photograph taken at the time of the battle of Dunkirk.

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  22. Show how the respective codes of honour in 'The Battle of Maldon' and 'The Charge of the Light Brigade can be compared and contrasted. What differences in verse-style account for the different effects of each poem?

    wrist to the safety of the forest and strode into the fight;" This is because his best falcon is no longer needed as it cannot help him in battle. Only skill and bravery can. This is shown by the last words, when he strode into the fight. The next sentence says: "One could well see that the youth would not be weak in the turmoil of battle." This shows that all of the warriors had faith in their earl, even young, inexperienced people.

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  23. Why was Britain able to win the Battle of Britain?

    The attack involved wave after wave of German bombers bombing harbours and naval bases of southern England. The first phase of the German attack reached a climax on August the 15th when 76 German bombers were shot down and 34 RAF fighters were lost. The second phase of Hermann Goerings attack on Britain was concentrated on destroying air bases, these attacks were the most crucial for the Germans because during August 24 and September 6, German raids destroyed 466 Hurricanes and Spitfires (Britain's best aircraft)

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  24. A Bridge Too Far.

    Also the U.S flying pilots couldn't fly at night so drops had to spread over 3 days. The paratroopers had got food and ammunition for 2 days, to last until 2nd army's support arrived. The Battle The Paratroopers began to assemble into Dakotas (some of the army got into gliders) and they were transported to Arnhem. Some gliders crashed, some parachutes failed to open and German soldiers shot at them on decent but enough survived to carry out the necessary task.

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  25. "The Charge of the Light Brigade" By Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    Lord Raglan was sitting on top of a hill, well away from the coming battle, where he could see down both forks of the valley. In the left fork he could see some unattended cannon that might turn the battle in their favour. He ordered Lucan by way of Captain Nolan to advance into the valley and capture the cannon. Lucan, Cardigan and the Light Brigade were in the bottom of the valley and could not see up the left arm but could see the Russian cannon up the right arm, but unfortunately, couldn't see the Russian Army behind the Russian cannon.

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