World War I. Primary Sources by Sara Pendergast

By Sara Pendergast

This source provides complete insurance of the area battle I interval. World conflict I: basic Sources provides 33 complete or excerpted basic resource fabrics, together with diaries, speeches, letters, journals and memoirs, which are regarding the interval. different positive aspects comprise images and maps, a close chronology of occasions, sidebars that includes similar info, an index, a thesaurus of "Words to Know," study and job rules, and a listing of additional examining resources.

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Indeed, it is truly startling how grateful the people are for the slightest relief from their lot, so grateful that one is ashamed. For what is it that we can do for them? Give them a little light and love and sunshine. What is that in comparison to what they have done for us, what they have surrendered in youth, strength, and future in order to protect us against the enemy? That we can never, never repay. Is it not so, Father? And is it not terrible that there are so many now who have completely forgotten or else never fully grasped its magnitude?

If you are quick-sighted you can then follow its course down to the ground. I watched the thing fascinated. Damn it, they weren’t missing the machine by much, I thought; but I was left little time to consider it, for suddenly there was a sharp tearing sound like a close crack of thunder, and the machine was flung upwards by the force of the explosion of an Archie burst right underneath us. A split second later, and it would have been a direct hit. A long tear appeared in the fabric of the plane where a piece of shrapnel had gone through.

Each line of trenches was protected by tangles of barbed wire, which guarded against any advancing soldiers who managed to cross the barren stretch of land called noman’s-land between the opposing trenches. Trenches changed army life. Instead of relying on the daring hand-to-hand combat that had won previous wars, soldiers of World War I lobbed explosives at each other from deep dirt holes. Through curtains of shell-fire, soldiers witnessed unimaginable destruction; the blood of hundreds of thousands of their comrades soaked the fields that separated them from their enemy; heavy artillery ripped huge holes in the earth and could bury men alive.

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