1. What were the underlying causes of WWI?
- The underlying causes of WWI were that American citizens were killed in a sinking ship. As Austria hungry was constantly
trying to expand, the European countries were not allowing them to do what they wanted.
2. What was the specific cause of WWI?
- The specific cause of WWI was when Germany declared war on Russia. That set the war on its way.
3. How did the soldiers react as they went off to war? Why?
- The soldiers didn't act as if they were going off to war. They acted as if it wasn't a big deal. They didn't realize
that there was a very good chance that they would die while they were in the war. They thought that the war was going to be
a breeze and in the end they would all be heroes.
Remarque's describes the military training camps as a horrile place where unjust things take place. In these camps the
soldiers were trained to handle horrible situations of physical and physiological level. In the book it said that these camps
helped soldiers not to go mad in the battlefield. The leaders in charge are mean and cruel people but in the end it turns
out being good for the soldiers. The descriptiosn of the mustard gas experiences are very realistic. This was one of the most
lethal poisonous gases used during the war which took twelve hours for its effect to start. Once in the soil the mustard gas
remained acive for several months. The victims eyes became sore and they began to vomit. It usually took a person four to
five weeks to die.
The guys in the trenches had hard lives with rats, hardly any food and water, and not very much sleep. When it rained
they had to try and shovel the water out of the trenches and try their best to keep their feet as dry as possible and not
get what they called "trench feet." The soldiers always had to be ready for war and ready for the unexpected. Trench
life was harsh and dangerous. The front was where the most men would be killed and injured and many of the injuries turned
into death because of the little medical treatment that they would receive on the war field before they could be transferred
to a hospital where even then they wouldn't get the best treatment. Trench life wasn't a very good life but they would try
and make it as good as they could with what they had, and here is where they would have to trust each other to protect one
another. The Germans had higher ground, and when it rain the water would go down against the French. Every space was small,
in a space when one person can fit, three people where in there.
In the book Miracles this boy has an identical twin that he does everything with at the beginning of the book. They both
have the same friends and interests. Soon, they start to get older and start to find different interests in different activities.
They start to fight with each other and find that the presents of the other to be disgraceful. In the end they learn to appreciate
the differences of one another and appreciate the things that each other have been doing. They start to teach each other what
they have been doing the last few months and become closer then they were to begin with.
When captured during a battle one might spend the remainder of the war at a German prisoner of war camp. For the first
few years, the captors might see you as a valuable commodity, exploiting you at every opportunity. Some men in the camp were
able to gather a few talented POW's who were given a small hut that they could use it to paint and share artistic talent.
This opportunity did not last very long and in 1917 they helped design a monument for the men who died in captivity but that
same year there was a change in command at the camp changed. The men spent the remainder of the war in hard labor. Some of
the men's last seven months of captivity were spent slaving in a mine. This was the average life of a person during the WWI
time period as a prisoner of war.