Source A :Interior of a ward on a British Ambulance Train in France during World War I. It was taken by David McLellan in 1914.
Source B: A newspaper article that pays tribute to a young soldier. It was written by Gerard Brown in 1985 in Austrailia.
Source C: A cartoon that comes from Punch Magazine in 1915.
Source D: Royal Irish Rifles in a communications trench during 1916 in France.
How To Die
Dark clouds are smouldering into red
While down the craters morning burns.
The dying soldier shifts his head
To watch the glory that returns;
He lifts his fingers toward the skies
Where holy brightness breaks in flame;
Radiance reflected in his eyes,
And on his lips a whispered name.
You’d think, to hear some people talk,
That lads go West with sobs and curses,
And sullen faces white as chalk,
Hankering for wreaths and tombs and hearses.
But they’ve been taught the way to do it
Like Christian soldiers; not with haste
And shuddering groans; but passing through it
With due regard for decent taste.
Source E: This poem was written by the poet Siegfried Sassoon during the war. He wrote this poem to show his reaction to being on the battlefield in 1918. it was written in England.
According to source A a positive aspect of the war was that women were able to work and develop skills with their hands. Women were more respected during the war because they had to look after the children and the injured men. Women were able to take on more responsibilities during the war. The men were able to fight for their country instead of sitting at home and not doing anything. The boy in source B decided to lie about his age due to the fact that he wanted to go to the war which shows that he was inspired by the war to fight for his country.
There were many negative experiences. People had to watch how their fellow soldiers died. According to the poem in source E many people died on the battle field “Hankering for wreaths and tombs and hearses”. Many men were injured on the battlefield and were then brought to the women to be looked after. The women had to watch as some of the men suffered and that can scar someone emotionally and mentally. In source c the cartoonist shows that the government encouraged people to either fight or work and if they didnt they would seem useless and lazy. This made people feel obligated to fight or work which would have made the people who were forced to be on the battle front feel out of place and uneasy which could have resulted in death.
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