Soldier`s experience during World War I and II
The modern world that we live in is as a result of various transformations that occurred during the two, world`s epic wars. The first war began in 1914 and ended in the 1918. On the other hand the Second World War lasted for six years, in that it began on 1939 and ended in 1945 (Duffy 2). Casualties of the war remind us of the unfortunate undertaking that caused the world to engage in such gruesome endeavour. In this paper the personal experiences of two soldiers from each of the war is analysed. In addition the personal experiences arte compared and the causes and effects of the wars are also analysed (Jones 2).
1. World War I
The First World War was the origin of worldwide conflicts to be resolved through the battlefield. In the First World War piece, the experience of Ernst Jünger a German is analysed. Like most of the soldiers Ernst was just nineteen when he joined the military, filled with a lot of anticipation and dreams for respect when he got home after war. During the war, events were so severe that even at one time the soldier lost hope of going back home (Fritz 150). According to Ernst, the war was horrific, these is well portrayed in his diary where in two years into the war, he describes meeting dead bodies that were soaked up in blood and flies. Bodies of the soldiers that lost their lives in the battlefield were of least concern to the opponent. On the other hand, if the soldiers from the same team obtained their team members bodies, they were piled up as stacks of wood. The war was filled with anger and less remorse (Crossland 2). The soldiers took no consideration of their opponents. Honour which is supposed to be one of the founding traits of soldiers were lacking among the soldiers. Jünger confesses at one time when they massacred British soldiers who had surrendered to them. The author proclaims that the soldiers were fuelled by bitterness and these made them unbearable. Despite, their numerical disadvantage the soldiers kept pushing until the end of the war. At the end of the war Jünger goes back home a decorated soldier but incapable of field assignment. This made to the resigning of the soldier due to the bullet injury on the chest which he sustained during the war.
2. World War II
The Second World War began in the 1939 and ended in 1945, the war lasted for six years, unlike the first war which lasted for four years. In the Second World War, soldier organisation was advanced and so was the tactic that was used. On the Second World War piece, the paper analyses the experience of William John Arnold. William was a soldier fighting for the British. For William, war experience was digressing as time went by. The soldiers were on transit when they were not in the field. The second war was all about numbers and allies, the more a party had allies to his side the stronger the side was (Fritz 145). This is why William, a transport officer enlisted as a rifle man during recruitment spent most of his time on transmit.
According to William, the war was disciplined as the act ions of the soldiers were reviewed after an attack. During William`s time, they were in Africa most of the time to recruit soldiers to strengthen their armies (Ernst 133). During the time of the war, soldiers had limited communication to the `outside world.` The main reason for this was to maintain the soldier`s concentration during the war. It was discovered that when soldiers establish contacts with their homes, they would be psychologically disoriented and as a result affect the soldier`s performance. At one time when in Libya, William remembers getting ill and most of the doctors were unable to determine the exact illness. Fortunately, an American doctor came to his aid with the discovery of a Malaria. Finally the right treatment was prescribed and he recovered fully. At the end of the war, William went back to his family in one piece (Harry 3).
In the two world wars, the experience from the first war reveal that the war was bloody and life lose were among the major loses of the war. While on the Second World War property and life loses were the main loses of the endeavour. It also clear that in the second world war the technology level was advanced due to time change. Operational conduct of the soldiers is also among the factors that have changed (Ernst 130). In the First World War the soldiers discipline was questionable while I the Second World War discipline of the soldiers was an issue of concern.
In conclusion, both the wars had different experience and lessons to the participants of the war. Concern is strained on what happens after war in an effort to discourage the world from pursuing another world war. War leaves behind scars that would last for a lifetime to the soldiers and the descendant of the soldiers.in addition, survey reveals that financing wars is very expensive and far-fetched are the consequences of the same war. Considering the personal experience of soldiers analysed in this report, caution should be exercised in all global issues that can trigger another war.
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Soldier`s experience during World War I and II