World War I
War always comes up with massive destruction that resulted in the loss of precious human lives and the financial loss that comes up with the damage of residential houses, building, the destruction of flora and fauna etc. The other losses such as environmental pollution due to the hazardous gases from the bombing remains in the air for long time and disturb the health.
Subsequently, the World War I was the most deadly and most destructive event of that time in the history of human as millions of precious human lives were lost, millions of people became paralyzed and countless people lost their houses.
Considering the World War I as a prominent in the history of human, the following writing is proposed to discuss various aspects of World War I. for the following writing the argument is planned to discuss that the World War I is remembered as one of the most destructive and bad event in the history of human as it took away lives of millions of people. It is also consider biggest mistake of human which resulted in nothing but massive destruction. This divided the entire world and penalized the development of the world as it pushed the world 100 years back. It was a different type of war therefore; the efforts which were made to protect the soldiers were badly failed as the war was full of uncertainties. In psychological aspect, it seems that the war was nothing but a blood shedding where human were killing human mercilessly as the element of humanity seems disappeared in the events of the war. Almost all the socialists people opposed this war as majorly they all believe that war is not the solution of problems but it will bring destruction. The most prominent experience was the racial diversity as people from almost all races took part in this war.
How the war was expressed, imagined, remembered in literature (fiction, poetry)?
In different literatures the war is expressed differently in which the element of favoritism seems prominent. However in almost all the literatures, the one thing seems prominent as the World War I was just like a doomed day as blood shedding was everywhere, the most parts of Europe and some parts of Middle East were full with the human’s bodies and the corps were watering by blood than water. The atmosphere was polluted with the dust and hazardous gasses of bombing and the bullets were flying everywhere. It was like a doomed day as most of the literatures has expressed that even having feelings for the others, soldier were helpless in front of their duties and killing others. Grayzel has quoted a story in which she had quoted the words of a soldier who took part in the war and explained that “3 German soldiers were appeared as they were badly bleeding and were screaming for help and were crying for mercy but I had to follow the order and we had no feelings and so we left them to die”(Grayzel, 2012).
How effective were attempts to protect soldiers in the war?
World War I was the deadliest ever event in the history since it took place as there were around 60 million soldiers from all over the world participated. These soldiers fought war in various location of the world including Greece, Iraq, France, China, North Sea, Pacific Ocean, etc. They had to face great uncertainties. However it was believed that they soldiers were well equipped but unfortunately, there preparation for the war was not enough as they had to meet with uncertainties in the war. However the training were made to train the soldiers to protect themselves in the challenging situations but these trainings were not enough in front of the deadliest weapons and environmental conditions(Grayzel, 2012).
This war was a terrible experience for all even they succeed to won the war of they have lost the war because it was the uncertainties hit them everywhere. It was found that the helmets which were used to protect the soldiers were not effective to resist against the rifles and the half body armors were also not contributed to protect the soldiers. Especially the Adrian and Brodiewere badly affected as their helmets were failed to protect them. However somehow the full body armors were seem effective to protect the soldiers but they were too heavy to carry therefore they were not used effectively as they resisted the soldiers to everywhere.
Overall around ten million soldiers died during the World War and it is said that they died for nothing. According to the study it is found that the curator and zoologist of the armor collection and Met’s arms were also not effective however these techniques were effective to save some lives. The United Stated Armor body program was badly failed as it was found ineffective to millions of soldiers’ lives. The failure of the efforts to protect the soldier can be imagined as in starting month France had to lost around 250,000 soldiers as all the efforts to protect the soldiers were badly failed. However in these efforts only America somehow seems to protect some of their soldier through the American Expeditionary Force as it is stated that through this program the deaths batter cut around 26,000 deaths(Grayzel, 2012).
How did psychology explain what was happening in the war?
The psychology explains that the World war was not ended with the ending announcement but it remained continue until the witness of the war remains alive because those who were killed people and those who became the victims, never forget the events of the World War I. It is found that the rate of psychological breakdown was extremely high among those who returned from the battle field also it was found that those who left their post were suffering badly from the mental stress of war.
It can also be imagined that how horrific the war was as the suicide became a major issue among the soldier who returned from the war. In this war, there are many incidents in which a large number of family members were fighting together therefore, to see the dead body of the family members and friend put them in great shock. The suicide ratio was highest among Americans and Germans and around four thousand soldiers from Germany killed themselves(Grayzel, 2012).
It was also found that it was quit hard for returning soldiers to readjust to civilian life therefore, most of them were found in physical trauma in result of losing their families and friends. It was even hard for the soldiers to share their experience. The psychological impact of the war were remained continue for a generation.
The term “Shell Shock” was also emerged in the starting period of the war as the soldiers share their experience under the fire of World War I. After the war the shell shock became the military priorities as psychiatric causalities battered the power of front line units.
Why were people opposed to the war?
Antiwar movement was seen in almost all the countries and most prominently the pacifist or the socialist groups and the radical unions were prominent to protect against the war. In Britain Independent Labor Party opposed the war as they consider it as an in-humanistic approach. Women rights groups also opposed the War in which the Women Social and Political Union was prominent. In America Women also protested against the war and in January 1915 the Women’s Peace Party called the neutral countries to help to restore the world peace by stopping war and in this regards, 150 countries Peace Conference was held in Netherland(Grayzel, 2012).
The Industrial Workers of the World also opposed the war and started an antiwar movement in USA. Most of the people believet that the idea of War is not in the favor of the world and they asked to solve problems through the table talk. However the Americans were not in favor of the America to join war because they believe that it is the European issue and America should remain away. The German and Irish immigrants were not in favor that America get involved in the war. Some people believe that getting involved in the war would disturb the relations of America with other countries and it would penalized the economy growth.
What was the experience of non-combatants in the war?
The experience of the noncombat was very bad as they had to subject to army discipline but they were not heaving weapons and they were not allowed to participate in battles. Their tasks were to provide the physical labor to the army in British Isles and overseas. However those who rejected to follow the orders were badly punished through the court martialled and they were sent to jail. They also had to face the terrible physical and emotional experiences(Grayzel, 2012).
What was the experience of colonial troops in the war?
The most considerable part of the war experience was that there was racial diversity as people from all over the world and from all the races were fighting in the war. The war experience for the colonies, radical groups and dominions was profoundly transformative at various levels. Most of them had to face racist attitude and hate from the locals. For the Imperial defense the colonial were regularly used by the British but they were not asked to fight against the white races. Subsequently, the Indian troops was not given permission to fight in South African(Grayzel, 2012).
World War I is no doubt was one of the most deadly events in the history of
human. The aforementioned discussion has shown that this war is still
remembered as a dark period of human history which is full of the greatest
event and cruelest events of human executions. Every country was affected by it
and the soldiers even from the winning countries never forget this event. This
event brought great changing to the world. The psychological effects of the war
were remained with the generation. The people who opposed the war were found
right at the end as the war was ended with nothing but massive destruction, the
mountains of dead bodies, the streams of blood, the burning houses, the
destroyed crops and the hazardous gasses contaminated atmosphere were left behind.
Grayzel, S. R. (2012). The First World War: A Brief History with Documents. Bedford/St. Martin’s.