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.
Is it Glorious to Die for your 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 constant
bombardment of shells echo in your mind long after it had ceased.

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On the Western front conditions were horrible to say the least,
stench of death remained constantly 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 constant 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
distances the charging men had to run to get to the enemies
trench was far enough for the enemy to use it’s constant 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 constant bombardment of mortar
shelling became so defeaning and monotonous the sounds of
shelling remained with the soldier even when there was no
shelling. Such cases became so severe for some the soldier would
go in fits of rage and fear at the very same instantance.
Virtually all soldiers felt homesick at one time or another. The
soldiers being out on the battle fronts for a long time soon
forgot the propaganda beliefs the country had instilled the
soldiers, instead the soldiers just wanted to survive their tour
of duty however long it would be. Death had been experienced and
seen by the soldiers on the front for a long time that the themes
had become relative to their daily life on the front. Coming back
to their homes the soldiers had received and learned of a new
perpective on war. It was that when face to face with death the
political beliefs that were held were irrevalant when trying to
survive in the war.
Glorification of death is ridiculous unless you were being
attacked and threat of death was present that would be another
story but to die for a something many miles away is something
that the individual must take in consideration in when making his
or her decision. I personally would not risk death if friends
and family were not at risk. Since our country has become less
militarized since WWII the need for military personnel has not
been as necessary. But as mentioned before if the country I lived
was under a threat of takeover I believe I would take up arms to
defend against the people who would try to attack. Other than
that the physcological and physical damages soldiers endure would
deter me from joining any army.