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"The British Army were Lions led by Donkeys." Discuss.

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?The British Army were lions led by donkeys? Discuss. Roxy Kwong 8C (10) The First World War was one of the bloodiest wars that ever happened in human history. This War started on 1914 and ended on 1918. In this War, a lot of horrifying battles took place, for example, the Battle of the Somme. From a lot of these things the Generals did was then criticized because a lot of people believed the Generals were no good at leading the army, which on the other hand many people think the soldiers were really brave and compared them to lions. Using the some primary and secondary sources, several areas will be assessed to determine if the statement is true. In this essay, areas that will be assessed to determine that the leaders were donkeys are: lack of care to the soldiers and its poor tactics. However, some people think they were not donkeys because: they used tactics unwillingly while planning the war carefully. On the other hand, the soldiers did a lot of things to show they are lions like: overcoming their own fears and survived horrible conditions. ...read more.


Army?, which tells us the plan did huge damage to the Germans and a lot of them lost their faith because of it. But winning a war does not mean they were not donkeys because the Generals still butchered a lot of soldiers using these inhumane strategies that created huge damages on themselves. On the other hand, people think the British Generals were not donkeys because they were forced to use some tactics. Take the Battle of the Somme as an example, this battle was held because the Britain was trying to protect the French army. The French even build a statue to thank the British?s heroic act to save the French, which shows the leaders were not donkeys. Although the Britain helped France, but the Generals surely did not think about the soldiers? feelings as the soldiers may not want to fight for the French and a lot of them were unhappy about this. But, this act of saving the French helped Britain to win the war and therefore it was a right decision and they were not donkeys. ...read more.


This suggests that the British soldiers were brave and hoped to fight for his own country even if they knew they would die anyway. This let us knew they had true bravery, which is an act of a lion. But all soldiers are like lions. First, we have to know that lions carry pride in them. There were soldiers like Wilfred Owen who hated the war totally and wished he should not have been there were not acts of a lion. You may argue that there were poets like Rupert Brooke who loved war. But this is only because he only faced the beginnings of the war and did not know how horrible can war be. Therefore they were not lions. Lastly, there were a lot of soldiers who ran away from war, how could they be considered as lions? Although most of the people stayed and fought, the ones who ran away were undoubtedly cowards. To conclude, I think that there were a lot of cases to determine whether this statement was true or not. But I think both the generals and soldiers were lions as they fought really hard in the War. ...read more.

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