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World War One Project

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´╗┐WORLD WAR ONE1 Imagine hunkering in a rat-infested trench, with armour piercing bullets tearing the side of the trenches, leaving you more exposed by the second. Imagine trekking through thick, dense and potentially fatal jungle with a 20 kilogram pack laden on your shoulder. Imagine sitting in the cockpit of a fighter plane, when all of a sudden your engines overheat and your steering columns jam and you plunge to certain death. This is the perils faced by the brave, courageous and patriotic men who put their lives on line for the sake of their country during World War One. If you have the guts, read on and learn about what led to this terrible war between two super powers of their time, the impact it left on its people, the treacherous time in the trenches, Wilfred Owen and his ghastly poems, the murderous weapons used, how woman played an important role and how a flower touched the hearts of many and was used to honour the dead. Your first?s thoughts are probably what were the causes of a war that left millions dead and many more injured or missing? A lot of contributing factors led to increased tension between different countries but one assassination caused bedlam. Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was on a visit to Bosnia on the 28th of June 1914 to try to force them to join the Central Power. ...read more.

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Another way men could die was by ?looking over the top?. Soldiers just deployed to the frontline were advised not to peer over the edge of the trench but many did and were killed by an efficient enemy sniper. Many soldiers were also disturbed by the sight of ferocious rats hiding in the nook and crannies of the tunnel. Black and Brown Rats became a pain for soldiers and many resorted to shooting them or beating them to a pulp with a club. Brown rats were treated with even more caution as they would even eat dead humans encouraging the presence of flies. Men also reflected a lot about their lives in trenches, many would question their future and the lucky few would get postcards from their families. For a few men skilled in the art of poetry trenches were a home away from home. They sat on empty boxes of rations and wrote about the horrors of war, the life in trenches or even the nature which enveloped them whenever they moved into jungles for cover. Wilfred Owen was one such man; he was a war poet who served for England in the Manchester Regiment. He fell into a shell hole once on his perambulation and suffered a concussion. He was catapulted high in the sky by a trench mortar and spent a few days lying in pain until he was found and rescued. ...read more.

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The solution was women. They were highly under-rated and were always thought to be weak and made to do house work such as cleaning, knitting and cooking. However things changed during WW1, women were willing to help and men were gradually accepting the fact that women were needed. Close to 70% of women played a part in WW1 from sewing bandages to fighting on the frontline with the Royal Women Air Force. Women also were nurses, factory workers, shipyard workers and even spies. They were eventually allowed to vote thanks to the protests of Emmeline Pankhurst and her company of Suffragettes. They pressed for equal rights for women and eventually after a tough few years they succeeded. Many women also went to graves to pray for their dead husbands. The way people remembered the dead during WW1 was a very special uncommon way. Poppies were used to honour the dead. They were blood red flowers which grew over battlefields. No after flower could however poppies did, this is why they were so popular among mourners. In conclusion, I fell that WW1 was a bloody unnecessary war which tore people and families apart. It forced people to think and reflect about what happened. It made its instigators ask themselves ?Was it worth it?? and then people began to think ?If it happened once it could happen again.? Sure enough it did in WW2 but it was even more depraved taking many more people with it. ...read more.

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