The Battle Of Trench Warfare Essay

1164 Words May 16th, 2016 5 Pages
The poems and the excerpt from All Quiet on the Western Front reflect the horrible impact that the atrocious conditions of trench warfare had on the men who were fighting it. They all show that through the starvation, dysentery, fatigue, utilization of industrialized weaponry, and loss of life with no territorial gain, the people were finding it harder and harder to continue fighting, both mentally and physically. The leaders of armies at first used combatant war tactics, but this only resulted in millions of men wounded and hurt, because they were fighting a different kind of war. Trench warfare mainly resulted in little gain in territory with failed offenses quickly injuring and killing every nation’s supply of men and supplies. “As the war ground on, exhausted soldiers found it difficult to comprehend or describe the bloody reality of their experiences at the front. … The anonymous, almost unreal qualities of high tech warfare made its way into the art and literature of the time” (A History of Western Society 832). “Trench poets” emerged that “[did] more to capture the experiences of the war than contemporary photos or the dry accounts of historians” (A History of Western Society 832). Wilfred Owen, one of many trench poets, fought for the French in the war, and wrote “Dulce et Decorum Est”. The poem describes men who “all went lame; all blind; drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots of gas-shells dropping softly behind” (Dulce et Decorum Est). The conditions of…

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