Horrors of War

Keeren Chung

"The Call" by Jessie Pope

Dear Jessie Pope,

Although poem is very inspirational and motivating, It will negatively affect the public. Your jingoistic views tell the public that it is time for war and it cannot wait. Many people of your time made war sound like such a idealistic view but it is really a terrible and hellish thing. People do not have the right resources and technologies to see the horrid images and scenes of war. The war ended up causing 908,371 British citizens and soldiers to die and 2,090,212 people were wounded. The conditions of war were not the triumphant fantasies described in British writing, the soldiers had to ensure extreme lack of sanitation, brutal violence, and deadly illnesses. Most of these images would scar anyones mind for life, and many soldiers were extremely traumatized from the effects of the war. The war was not a proud and courageous thing, was was bad.

"Dulce Et Decorum Est" by WWI Soldier

Dear WWI Soldier,

This Poem is a perfect example of the cruel and brutal realities of war. Articles similar to these will get rid of the glorious view of war which the public are so accustomed to. War is a very terrible thing that people do, many people are killed, suffer, or scarred for life from war. The people who were motivated to "die for their country" were unpleasantly surprised with the harsh reality. While in the war the soldiers were in the worst possible conditions when living, fighting, and dying in the trenches. War was not what the public imagined it was.

Shell Shock

In the early 1900s, doctors noticed soldiers experiencing a disease called "shell shock" which doctors found out that a Bursting shell creates a vacuum, and when the air rushes into this vacuum it disturbs the cerebro-spinal fluid and this can upset the working of the brain. Some early symptoms of this was tiredness, irritability, headaches, and lack of concentration. The soldiers ended up having nervous breakdowns in the end. The only cure for this strange disease was just to rest from fighting. Many officers did not believe in it, they regarded it as the soldiers being cowards. Many of the soldiers had to fight, which cause them to go mentally insane. In the end over 80,000 soldiers had shell-shock and they either committed suicide, or disobeyed order and were executed.


Simkin, John. Shellshock. N.p.: n.p., 1997. Print.