Throughout the ages, wars have wreaked havoc and caused great destruction that lead to the loss of millions of lives. However, wars also have an immensely destructive effect on the individual soldier. In the novel All Quiet on the Western Front written by Erich Maria Remarque, one is able to see exactly to what extent soldiers suffered during World War 1 as well as the effect that war had on them. In this essay I will explain the effect that war has on young soldiers by referring to the loss of innocence of young soldiers, the disillusionment of the soldiers and the debasement of soldiers to animalistic men.
The American Revolution marked the history of many heroic events that immaculately stand as true inspirations for the generations to come in the United States. Even today, the gallantry of a few soldiers that won independence for the country is not only kept in the hearts of the people but run in the American blood to demonstrate acts of valor at times of war and hardships. One such story recorded in the history dates back to 1776, about a sixteen-year old juvenile, Joseph Plumb Martin, joined the Rebel Infantry and recorded his tribulations about forty-seven years in a memoir titled as “A Narrative of a Revolutionary Soldier”.
World War 1 was a historic event which began in 1914 and ended in 1918. This bloody conflict took the lives of more than 17 million people who were fighting for their countries. Being a British colony at the time, Canada was dragged into the war that did not impact the country in any way, yet thousands of Canadians volunteered to devote their lives for their nation. The first World War had the greatest impact on Canadian history during the 20th century, as this event helped Canada gain more independence from Britain, it helped introduce women in the workforce, and also introduced non-white Canadians in the army.
The art of winning a war, as perceived by many, is through the victory of each battle along the way. Although valid, truly winning a war is determined by the battle at home, where the contributions of each individual are equally, if not more, significant than those made on the front lines. The decisive action taken up by the Canadian Government on the homefront during World War 2 ensured the continuous success of financing the war effort, while also providing the much-needed supplies and resources for war-borne industries. The Government’s efforts were likewise significant in maintaining a steady number of combatants through the re-establishment of conscription in the latter stages
The young Dominion of Canada at the turn of the 19th century had no active professional military service. The Canadian militia was a social institution that provided an amateur paramilitary service to aid in domestic issues and uprisings. As a dominion to the British empire, the onset of World War One propelled the inexperienced militia force into the horrific realities of trench warfare in the European theatre. With few expectations from the major powers in the war, Canada established itself as a strong and reputable force in the trench of Ypres. Throughout the entire First World War Canadians would demonstrate through the trenches of the Western front of Ypres, Vimy Ridge and countless other combats that the Canadian armed forces were evolving into a mature and respected professional military organization.
This just in! Yesterday, August 18, 1943, the British Army, with the help of the Canadian Army, successfully completed the Allied Invasion of Sicily in Italy. I, Robert Gerstner, your honorable reporter for "Le Journal de Quebec", was lucky enough to witness some of the amazing action from our own Van Doos, who played a vital role in this takeover. My observations piqued my interest so much that I did some research of my own. I discovered that the Royal 22e Regiment has a history like no other, and its involvement in the Second World War is unquestionably worthy of
From September 1944 to April 1945, Canada fought the German soldiers starting in Normandy all the way to the Netherlands, successfully liberating the Scheldt estuary, the Netherlands, and driving the Nazis back into Germany. By examining historical significance, one can see that Canada’s involvement in the liberation of the Netherlands and Europe was highly important; it ended the war, cost many Canadians their lives, created an enduring friendship between Canada and the Netherlands, displayed Canada’s strength as a nation, and saved numerous innocent lives. Firstly, the campaign to liberate the Netherlands and Europe ended the War in Europe. In February 1945, the Allies launched the Rhine offensive that drove German forces back over the Rhine
The day before to the battle of the Ypres commanders of the Allies forces had been warned of an attack with poisonous gas that the Germans were planning for the next day but they decided to ignore the warnings. On the 13th of April of 1915 the German troops released a chlorine gas attack over no man’s land that dispersed the French troops and killed many of them; the Canadian troops were positioned meters behind the battle front and, when the saw the French troops running away from the gas, they stood their ground and with just a cloth over their mouth as protection against the gas the Canadians fought the German soldiers. That day the Canadians proved themselves as strong capable forces but many of the soldiers on the field that day died due the effects of the chlorine gas in their system. Another of the battles were a bad plan resulted on unnecessary bloodshed of Canadian troops was on the Somme, where the reckless attitude of General Haig resulted on the death of thousands of soldiers on the hands of the enemies’ troops and where, once again the Canadian regime of Newfoundlanders proved their military value and were the Canadian troops earned the name of
During Pre-WW1 Canada was a nation without independence. Canada was a colonial aspect of Britain’s imperial rule in the Pre-WW1 era, helping with wars by sending troops, and ammunition. Hence, when WW1 started nothing could be as big as an opportunity to prove they are worth being independent in such a vast and brutal war. WW1 was the outmost defining point in Canadian history because of the roles women were taking helping the front, the fierce concept of conscription, and the significance of Vimy Ridge, Hundred Days, and the 2nd Battle of Ypres in bringing together Canada as an independent nation.
Although during the war, Canada was willing to defend its empire Britain and send out thousands of men to fight and stand beside Britain. Military of Militia, Sam Hughes and former Prime Minister and Leader of the Conservative Party , Sir Robert Borden trained Canadian men who volunteered and who were willing to join the war to protect Canada and Britain. Sam Hughes trained all volunteered men at Valcartier and prepared them for one of the most bloodiest and devastating battles Canada has ever entered. On August 1914, war is officially declared between Great Britain, Germany and Canada. Canada was not prepared for this war at all with only a standing army of 310 trained men. Training of men was inadequate that Canada posed no real threat towards the Germans in the European war. Sir Robert Borden also offers Britain the service of Canadian troops that Britain evidently accepts and the race to 500,00 troops is on. Sir Wilfrid Laurier, former Leader of the Liberal party and Prime Minister spoke for Canada when he stated that “ it is our duty to let Great Britain know and to let the friends and foes of Great Britain know that there is in Canada but one mind and one heart and that all Canadian are behind the mother country”. This means that Canada is loyal in supporting Great Britain behind the line and that Canada will be standing beside them throughout the war. Canada responds with a burst of numerous amounts of men willing to volunteer from across the country. But because of the small pre war enduring force, citizen soldiers would potentially form the majority of the new Canadian Expeditionary Force. A tremendous amount of men showed up at their local recruiting stations and enthusiastic to be a part of helping Britain and still hold emotional ties
It has been a long time since I have written you a letter, but now I have a lot to tell you. Hope you are fine! I am writing this to you tell about the great battle won by Canadians in the morning at 5:30 am. We have just come out of the trenches after five long days and we lived in these long, narrow channel that were dug into the grounds for Canadian soldiers to live all day and night. Life in trenches was bit difficult. Trenches weren’t dug in a straight line, instead they were dug in zig zag pattern. At bottom of the trenches were duckboards and those were meant to protect us from the water in the trenches. The duckboard were useful for us. Constructing trenches were painful and were made with our hands.
War leaves battle wounds not only physically, but mentally as well. The process of going to war is long and strenuous. Throughout Louise Erdrich’s writing, The Red Convertible, readers are able to get a deeper understanding of the ever lasting effects that veterans have to suffer with. In Erdrich’s story, the main characters’, Lyman, older and outgoing brother is introduced. Henry is adventurous and constantly making life more humorous with his jokes. As the story prolongs, it is clear that once Henry returns home from war, he is not the same as he once was. This directly relates to people all over the world who are exposed to the act of transitioning into a soldier. The Red Convertible by Louise Erdrich undoubtedly shows the connection to what it takes to become a soldier and the effects it has afterwards.
“On the fire step in the trenches during the night, you could hear the groaning of the dying — but you couldn’t go out to help them” Cecil Withers, British Private. As it is mentioned in this quote, lives in trenches were a total catastrophe. World War 1(WW1) is one of the most miserable moments throughout the world history. From 1914 to 1918, massive number of innocent young soldiers were died in WW1 that was caused by tensions and desires between countries. Many countries were involved in WW1 including Canada. Although Canada was not directly related to the cause of war, Canada automatically joined the war because its mother country, Britain was involved. Since the WW1 can be considered as the war of attrition and resources, many soldiers
In George Browne’s “An American Soldier in World War I,” the collection of letters written by Browne himself pertaining to the events happening during the First World War as he experienced it shows the struggles, challenges, and inward and outward battles that soldiers faced in the wake of the war. The letters revolve around Browne’s relationship with his fiancé Martha. In 1918, Browne was assigned to a tension-torn region in Saint-Mihiel where he became a part of a troop that was designated to operate as an offense and defense. These letters provide a real glimpse of how reality was for the soldiers fighting during the First World War, and it depicts the countless moments of distress through which many soldiers suffered from. There transparency of Browne’s letters is one of the factors of the book that really engages the readers, and arguably impels them to dig deeper into the history of the First World War.