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

    Another advantage was the fact that the Somme was relatively flat and possessed only a small portion of shrubbery that could provide hiding places for the enemy. What the British high commanders failed to realise when planning the battle however, was that it also provided little hiding space for themselves. Also, because no battle had ever before taken place upon the Somme the Germans were able to carefully prepare their defences without being discovered or disturbed and did so extremely well in the years building up to the battle.

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  2. The Graveyard.

    The position they were in was exactly where a commander of a platoon would be. The tombs themselves looked battled scarred; chunks of stone were missing and bullet holes covered the walls. Long grass surrounded the tombstones almost engulfing them. With the ground not being visible, it gave the feeling of a creature moving through the long blades and striking its' prey unknowingly. The smell of blood filled the air. The man pulled back the Black cape, revealing a horrible distorted face, and muttered with fear the words 'Flavit Jehovah at dissipah sunt.' The ring on his left index rose up instantaneously towards the statue.

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  3. Using the two poems, The Charge of the Light Brigade and the Destruction of Sennacherib, compare and contrast the attitudes to war expressed in the poems.

    So the heroic soldiers obeyed their higher ranks and charged for the guns without any questioning of authority, and the battle lasted for a mere twenty-five minutes. This has always been confusing to historians about whether this battle should be remembered for the stupidity of the commanding officers, or for the heroic cavalry of the Light Brigade charging to their deaths. As this battle was the first to be properly reported and photographed the public had a much better understanding of the Charge of the Light Brigade because of reports sent back by W.H.

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  4. Loss. The giant Anzac leader, Connovar, stood silhouetted atop the hill, watching for signs of enemy movement in the ridge below.

    A sudden gleam of silver down in the ridge below bought him back to the present. A quick glance told him that the Varlet infantry were beginning to fall into formation, readying for the imminent attack. He signalled to the young corporal beside him to ready his horse and sound the signal that would tell the other men to ready their own mounts and arms. In moments he was riding towards his own men, who had quickly readied themselves and either taken up pre-arranged battle positions in the secret trenches they had dug the previous night, or fallen into their own formations outside the camp.

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  5. Tank warfare in the First World War was only a fledgling idea.

    100 of these "Big w*****s", as they were fondly named, were ordered. These first tanks produced, although revolutionary, were very unreliable. The designers still had much to do to create an efficient and completely functional military assault vehicle. The "Big w*****s" as they were known, had many weaknessess, which included, engines not powerful enough to move through the mud, the low speed of 6km/h made them relatively easy targets for grenades, tank's getting bogged or even tipped over, in the middle of combat, as Source E illustrates, and that they were very loud, as source C explains. The British soldiers however, saw, at first, the tank as an impressive piece of machinary.

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  6. The opening scene of

    He does this by using variety of methods which spark our interest. The scene begins with the opening credits and has a background of orange and red, this is to set the idea that it's based long ago or you could say its shows blood is going to be spilt. Then text comes up and begins to set the scene with some background information about what's happening and tells you a little about the opening the scene. This is done so there is no question of time period and the realism of the movie.

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  7. Source based work on The evacuation at Dunkirk.

    The memory might have been blurred. In the extract he doesn't talk much about personal emotions this shows it might not have been purely personal so it might have been done especially for a text book. Source B This gives emotional retelling of what happens. This describes how they felt on the beach with the German guns firing at them. This helps us to understand how defenceless they feel. It also shows how where it says "His machine guns cutting through those columns of soldiers like a reaper slicing through corn" That in understanding how the battle of Dunkirk was for the people in it also shows that there was grave loses even though they where trying to escape.

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  8. The battle of Hastings.

    Harold had left London on the 20th of September and arrived on the 25th of September. Harold had arrived unannounced and surprise attacked them. There was one man who was on a bridge that would not let anyone past. They called him a giant. He would hack them down by just using a standard figure eight shape. To get past this man they decided to put a man in a barrel with a spear then this man would thrust the spear up through the bridge and leave him brogged. Harald's men had all left their armour at their ships.

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  9. What are the Strengths and Weaknesses of The Newfoundland Park Site in Representing The difficulties the soldiers faced on July 1st 1916.

    This heavy amount of rain made the ground extremely soft and muddy. We know that the attacking troops would have had to attack with a weight of 60lbs on their backs, a gruelling task on its own, and a seemingly impossible task with enemy fire and a muddy shell cratered landscape. Despite all this there was one more difficulty evident presented with geographical evidence at Newfoundland Park, the land is undulating. This means that the soldiers would have had to carry these heavy packs down and then up slopes before reaching the enemy's front line.

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  10. Why Did The Normans Win the Battle Of Hastings?

    Being Skilful was one of the reasons why William one the Battle of Hastings, this is shown when they used their clever tactics to back the English into a corner, William also made sure that his army were well spread out, for instance, He put some men at the Front armed with Cross bows, and he put the stronger better armed men at the back, these men were armed with chains, hand bows, and some of them were on Horseback. Another reason that William won was the amount or determination and courage he had in himself and in his army.

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  11. Gladiator and Empire of the Sun.

    Here is where the hero encounters the evil emperor once again. The emperor challenges Maximus to a duel in the coliseum in front of thousands of spectators, inevitably the fight is rigged and Maximus is injured to favour the Emperor. The Emperor and Maximus take to the centre of the Coliseum for the climax of the film where he kills the Emperor avenging the deaths of the previous Emperor and his own family, he repeats the last wishes of the previous Emperor that Rome should be a republic and then dies from his injuries.

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  12. 'Why was the battle of the Somme regarded as such a military tragedy?'

    Of the 330 infantry regiments of the French Army, 259 fought at Verdun. The German advance was stopped at the end of February. On the 6th March, the German Fifth Army launched a new attack at Verdun. The Germans advanced 2m before they were stopped at Mort Homme Hill. The French held this point until the Germans finally invaded it on 29th May. Further attacks continued throughout the summer and early autumn. However, the scale of the German attacks was reduced by the need to transfer troops to defend their front-line at the Somme.

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  13. The Drum And The charge Of The Light Brigade.

    Alfred Tennyson was born in 1809 and he died in 1892. The most famous poet of the Victorian age, he was a profound spokesman for the ideas and values of his times. In 1854 he wrote the poem "The Charge Of The Light Brigade." Both poets' use repetition to create imagery of what they are describing. Scott uses the word "parading round, and round, and round," this instantly gives you an image in your mind of soldiers parading around in a circle not getting anywhere and the anticipation of glory.

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  14. The battle of Long Tan.

    The 11 platoon was trapped on three sides by small arms fire, rocked-propelled grenades and mortar fire. Within minuets a third of its strength was gone, dead or wounded, the rest tried to fire and stay low. Soon after Platoon 10 arrived for support but were pinned down by fire before they got there. The Viet Cong attacked using mortars, rifle and machine gun fire. The Australian Forces returned fire with platoon weapons and artillery which was firing from the Nui Dat base, a few kilometers to the west.

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  15. Explore the similarities and differences between "The charge of the light brigade" and "The last of the light brigade".

    "The charge of the light brigade" was written to commemorate the soldiers who survived the war, calling them heroes. The author wanted us to experience the battle to help us realise how much was risked to save our country. Alfred Lord Tennyson shows the reader the bravery that was behind the fighting and the fact that some sacrificed their lives in order for the hearts and courage to be lived on and past down to younger generations through the poem. "The last of the light brigade" was written to tell the public of the poorly treated way the now ex-soldiers are treated.

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  16. Battle of Britain.

    Only Britain stood in the way of Germany's complete domination of the continent. Adolf Hitler, the German leader, expected Britain to surrender. However, the British, led by Winston Churchill, who had become Prime Minister on 10 May, had already resolved to fight on. Churchill made this clear when he said "the Battle of France is over. I expect the battle of Britain is about to begin". After the collapse of France on 22 June, the British thought that invasion appeared to be an immediate threat.

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  17. The Battle of Liege, 1914.

    The battle of liege was something of a moral victory for Belgium. The Battle of Liege ran for twelve days from 5th to the 16th August 1914, and resulted in surprisingly heavy losses upon the German invasion force, which definitely outnumbered the Belgians. The Battle of Liege signified the first land battle of the war.

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  18. Was the Battleof the Sommea failure?

    The dialogue below the drawing shows how the General is asking for the difference between the rehearsal and the real thing. The major replies wittily 'the absence of the General' thus portraying how the General does all the talking at training when he is in safety but when it comes to the real thing he appears cowardly by staying back behind the trenches. This image of the Generals was most likely brought about by the consequences of bad tactics at the Battle of the Somme and was the feeling of many British citizens.

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  19. Dunkirk and the battle of Britain.

    The statement is a very personal view, so it must be from a diary or personal log. Seeing as this could be true, it does make it seem that it is more believable. Also the commander isn't giving us any "stiff upper-lip", he's not living in the world of half told stories, stretched truths and blatant lies, he isn't being biased, he is critical of his own side. The only problem I might have with the Kerr's statement is that he could be boasting about the navy, I sensed this by reading this part in the statement; " the sight of naval uniforms restored some order to the rabble", this does seem he is boasting against the army.

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  20. By 1943 Great Britain had overcome the threat passed by the German aircraft and submarines. Explain the reasons for the outcome of the Battle of Britain and the Battle of Atlantic.

    and at sea (in the Battle of Atlantic: September 1939 - April 1945). The Battle of Britain occurred because Germany's main interviews were to expand their country's territory and to over power the world. The Germans had slowly moved their way through Poland, Norway, Holland and France and next was Britain. The Germans were planning to invade Britain by crossing the Channel from France. However the German navy refused to fight against the British navy because the British navy had more power and it was a lot bigger.

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  21. The Battle of Loos.

    shelled, advancing first on Le Rutoire Farm and then on a compass bearing to the Lone Tree, where the battalion halted and got in touch with the other battlions of the Brigade. Later the advance was resumed, with the Battalion leading the Brigade, and the the final position reached during the night was a line of old German trenches parallel to and some 1,000 yards west of the Lens-La Bassee road. It is interesting to note that although this part of the line was supposed to be occupied, no troops were passed on the way up, and there were none in the trenches to be relieved.

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  22. The poem Vergissmeinicht has originated from a small incident or experience. The poem is written by Keith Douglas. Vergissmeinicht contains a universal statement, it is that the enemy may be the enemy at war but a much-loved person at home.

    The reader is given the thought that the dead soldier was lying dead in the state that he was because he hit the opposition's tank. The soldiers look in the gun pit and find a photograph of the lady who belongs to the soldier to be found lying dead. As the poem goes on, Douglas puts a deeper message into it; that soldiers have two sides to their lives. Douglas changes the tone of the poem gradually through stanza by stanza.

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  23. This is a study of the 1999 box-office hit, Gladiator, starring Russell Crowe. In this article, I will be looking at camera shots, soundtrack, special effects and other things, that enhance the viewing of the film, and increase its quality.

    The shot is filmed through Maximus' eyes, then zooming out to show that it is Maximus looking at the robin. After this scene, Maximus is shown talking to Quintus about the battle ahead. Quintus asks Maximus about the range, because he is concerned that they are not close enough, but Maximus replies, "the range is good." This shows Maximus' confidence, and this obviously shows he is experienced in battle and an influential leader. Maximus then mounts his horse, and turns to Quintus and says, "on my signal; unleash h**l."

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  24. Is it possible to work out what happened at the Battle of Marathon from Herodotus' Narrative.

    There was a fight in which the Athenians were victorious. The crossed the borderline that the Corinthians had set up in order to separate the Thebans and the Plateans. These were the circumstances under which the people of Plataea put themselves in the hands of the Athenians, and which led to their coming to support the Athenians at Marathon. Some Athenian commanders were against risking battle because their force was very small, while others, including Miltiades, were in favour of fighting. Callimachus had the deciding vote as to whether they should fight or not.

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  25. To What Extent Was the Battle of the Somme a Disaster.

    Under the command of Douglas Haig an attack was launched on the German army near the River Somme. The aims of this battle were to gain territory from the Germans, draw German forces from Verdun to help the French and to kill as many Germans as possible as part of the war of attrition. The plans for the battle were not too bad. The plan was firstly to bombard the German lines for a week with a huge artillery attack. The British dropped over one million shells on the German trenches. They were then to detonate two huge mines underneath the German trenches.

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