Death for Your Country



Is it glorious to die for your country?.... This question has

been posed to many young people about to embark on war although the

answer has usually been 'yes' in response to their country due mainly

to the fact that the government instills it in the people of the

country to support one's country and one way is to send young abled

bodied men into the army. If you were one individual that was not in

favour of fighting for your country you would surely become an outcast

by the countries people. To avoid ridicule and becoming outcasted by

the people living around you, you would join the army just in the

thought that you were obligated to for the sole sake of your country.

Such thoughts were reinforced by the government promotion of

propaganda. Glorifying death is not needed to be taught and should be

up to the sole individual. School systems should teach an unbiased

point of view of war to enable the child to make their own decision

to fight for one's country.



Within the education system it was instructed to the teachers

to teach the children at a young age during the brink of war to

instill that their the life of the country and for them to defend

their country against the enemy. Teachers showed being in a army was

representing honour and the pride of the country. Guilt was laid on

the students who showed rebellion by the teacher. Many times the

teacher would try to show a soldier that looks happy and content

trying to represent being a soldier makes you happy and content.



Many young inexperienced soldiers were sent to training camps

near the battle fields that they would soon be sent to fight, for

their country and their life. The training camps were situated on

similar enviroments that resembled the battle fields of where the

fighting would take place. Reinforced displine to the young and

ignorant men.



Trench warfare is when many soldiers of opposing countries

fight against each other across a vast desolate, dirt covered land,

and the only sense of cover was to crouch in a usually water logged

trench. The sense of death engulfed your very soul, the conezt

bombardment of shells echo in your mind long after it had ceased.



On the Western front conditions were horrible to say the

least, stench of death remained coneztly in the air, bodies riddled

with bullet wounds lay across the bottoms of the trenches, dismembered

bodies scattered across the landscape and the sounds of agonizing and

dying men echo across the battle grounds. Very limited rations

offering very little in flavour was the only food available to the

soldiers. Often raining, it caused muddy, damp conditions. The men

staying in a trench filled with water and muddy conditions often

caused such diseases as trench foot and trench mouth. Contagious

diseases were spread quickly. Lack of cleaniness gave many soldiers

lice and rats would run through the trenches feeding on the garbage

and human wastes.



Thousands of soldiers would line up under the cover of their

trenches for a stretch of miles and wait for the leading officer to

give the signal for the charge. When the signal was given the

thousands of soldiers would all try to run across the no-man's land to

attempt the breach of the enemies trench. This charge would be under

conezt machine gun fire and mortar shelling by the enemy.



These kind of attacks usually failed maily due to the fact the

odds were already stacked against the attacking party. The diezces

the charging men had to run to get to the enemies trench was far

enough for the enemy to use it's conezt shelling and it's machine

gun fire to dwindle the attacking army significant enough for the

attacking army to retreat.



Counter attacks were quickly attempted after the attacks. The

counter attacks were similiar to the actual attacks except the

difference was that the counter attack involved the killing of the

retreating of the enemy instead of attacking someone under the cover

of the trench.



During the war all soldiers were affected either physically or

phsycologically. Shell shock was an ongoing sickness affecting many

soldiers in the trenches. The conezt bombardment of mortar shelling

became so defeaning and monotonous the sounds of shelling remained

with the soldier even when