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This article is a news article about the day that Germany started the second World War by invading Poland. The article talks about how Germany invaded Poland, as well as how they had been planning to for a long period of time. The article also includes commentary from present day people, who talk about how their relatives were either killed during the invasion or during the war following.
In my opinion, this article is essential for understanding the war itself because it talks about how the war started. Including commentary from present day people was surprising to me, because what was said was often dark and full of remorse. This article perfectly describes many of the negative sides of the war: death and despair.
“BBC ON THIS DAY | 1 | 1939: Germany Invades Poland.” BBC News, BBC, 1 Sept. 1939,
This article talks about World War II as a whole, and how those effected has shaped the rest of the world until present day. This article first introduces the war by stating facts about what had happened in the war, but later transitions into an opinion article where the author states their opinion. The author’s opinion is that the war itself was a terrible event, but good things have come from it.
In my opinion, I agree with the author. I agree in the sense that the war itself was a horrible and terrible event in human history, but I feel as if the current world has learned a lot from the time period. I think that this article perfectly highlights one of the few positive things about the war, which is the effect it had on future generations.
Ben-Ghiat, Ruth. “From the Ashes of World War II's End (Opinion).” CNN, Cable News Network, 7 Dec. 2015,
These pictures highlight Pearl Harbor, an important moment in United States history that initiated America’s involvement in World War II. These pictures show the destruction the Japanese caused to the Naval Base in Hawaii. Some of these pictures also show the devastation of the survivors of the event, and the sadness on their faces. These pictures create a dark tone, full of sadness.
In my opinion, these photos are a great way to show the darker side of the war. The fiery images of the sinking ships is surprising to me because they show the complete destruction of life. Also, the photo gallery includes pictures of the USS Arizona memorial, which is a building that sits on top of the sunken ship. This creates a dark and sad tone as the building acts as a grave. I think that this photo gallery clearly shows the horrible and obvious side of war.
“Pearl Harbor Pictures.” History.com, History Channel,
This piece of Artwork is a wartime propaganda created by J. Howard Miller to promote women in the workforce during World War II. This image has a deeper meaning because the woman in the poster is in a “manly” pose. This represents the changing way that women were viewed as during the war. The statement “We Can Do It” is a call to all women to go into the workforce.
In my opinion, this poster is a great way to illustrate the changing views during the time period. The confident look in the women’s face is surprising because women were still restricted and thought to be stay at home parents. Illustrating the women in this confident pose shows how they could be just like men in the workforce. Portraying the changing views during the time of the war is essential for understanding the few positive sides of the war.
“We Can Do It! (Rosie the Riveter) Art Print by J. Howard Miller at Art.com.” Art.com,
The Battle of Midway is a documentary of one of the most important battles of World War II, where the US Navy fought the Japanese Navy, resulting in a US victory. The movie portrays the complete destruction and aftermath of the battle between both countries’ Navies. The movie also shows the resulting reactions of the surviving Navy members, as well as some of the friends and families of those loss, from both countries. Towards the end of the movie, however, the resulting casualties of the Japanese Navy are shown, and then brushed over with red paint.
In my opinion, this movie is a great way to illustrate the destruction and aftermath of war. The illustration of the casualties of the war and the resulting reactions of the friends and families of those loss show the true effect of war. Showing the reactions of the friends and families of those lost in the war is surprising to me, because it shows how actions can greatly affect others, even when those others are not directly included in the event. To me, this movie shows the hidden side of the war: its effect on others.
Ford, John, director. Battle of Midway. The Dept., 1942.
Saving Private Ryan follows a group of American soldiers “who go behind enemy lines at Normandy Beach”(IDBM) to find a lost paratrooper. The movie follows the individuals in the group and the hardships and devastation that they see. This movie illustrates the intense and dangerous part of war.
In my opinion, this movie best represents the horrible mental and physical atrocities that soldiers went through during the war. The less obvious illustration of contradicting beliefs in the movie is surprising to me because on the surface, the movie is just about D-Day; however, the movie is truly about taking the positives from a negative situation. I think that this movie is essential for understanding war in a different way.
Spielberg, Steven, and Robert Rodat. Saving Private Ryan. DreamWorks Pictures, 1998.