The famous British song by Ivor became instantly well known for its message to women whose son or husbands are fighting in the war. The song tells women to keep their homes warm and ready for when they arrive and while they are at war they should keep their spirits high and to think positive. It also tells women to keep doing things they usually do because the men will continue thinking about them while they are gone. It asks women to wait for them because one day they will return home and continue living their lives like they were before. In my opinion, this song makes me feel sorrow because both men and women experienced dreadful things during this war. Women were stressed and worried all the time wondering if their family member in the war was okay. Men in the war suffered from terrible weather conditions and diseases. The invention of new weapons was used on the soldiers which had many effects. This was just like any other war, affected men's mental state. “Ivor Novello – Keep the Home-Fires Burning.” Genius, 1 Jan. 1914, genius.com/Ivor-novello-keep-the-home-fires-burning-lyrics.
In this very well known 1917 propaganda poster, Uncle Sam is pointing out his finger to the viewer of the poster and encouraging them to enlist for the U.S. army so they can join other Americans fighting in the war. In my judgment, there is a good and bad side to this poster. I love this poster because it creates a sense of patriotism and confidence in our nation. It encourages men to enlist in the war and help out the country in combat. The bad side of this propaganda poster is that it's encouraging war in a way. It encourages men to sign up but in reality, war is a very dark part of our history. During war not only do our troops suffer but as well as people back at home. Women and children back at home had to undergo many changes to help the nation win the war. Flagg, and James Montgomery. “I Want You for U.S. Army : Nearest Recruiting Station.” Apple Computers: This Month in Business History (Business Reference Services, Library of Congress), Victor, 1 Jan. 1970, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/96507165/.
In 1914 a horrific war broke out in Europe. Everyone thought that the war would be over in a few months but they were wrong this war also known as “The Great War” lasted four years. In the first year of the war as Christmas Eve was approaching a memorable event took place in the trenches where the Germans faced the British and the French. On the night of Christmas Eve as the soldiers were decorating their trenches getting in the holiday spirit so for a moment, the soldiers can forget about the war. There was an agreement to a cease-fire where the troops decided to lay down their weapons and celebrate Christmas eve with their comrades. Each soldier and officer from each nation came together and shared food and memories of when they were back at home. After the Christmas truce ended, government officials found out and the officers and troops were punished for fraternizing with the enemy. In my opinion, this movie changed how I think about war because the message of this movie is amazing, it shows how love and kindness are stronger than hate. It breaks the barrier of racism and it shows how an event can unite people from all over the world and bring them together to celebrate a holiday that means so much to them. “Joyeux Noel (2005).” IMDb, IMDb.com, www.imdb.com/title/tt0424205/.
These photographs taken in the trenches show the horrible conditions soldiers experienced during the war. Brothers Auguste and Louis Lumiere were credited with the invention of early motion picture equipment in black and white. When color photographs were invented, there was no more world war one veteran alive to see pictures of this dreadful war. My viewpoint on these photographs is how amazing these pictures are. They provide the viewer a visual representation of how the war was. Every image shown has a story behind it and it shows the effort that men would put in. Some of the photographs also show the destruction that war has caused not only in different places around the world but also in the lives of individuals. “Rare Color Photographs from the Trenches of World War I.” Time, Time, time.com/3803957/rare-color-photographs-from-the-trenches-of-world-war-i/.
The United States entered the war in 1917 and the war lasted another year and a half. Throughout that year 117,000 soldiers died and 202,000 wounded. This “Great War” divided Europe and the Middle East apart. Many soldiers died outside of combat due to illnesses and diseases such as the Spanish Flu which was very common in trenches. Horrible weather and trench conditions was another leading cause of a significant soldiers deaths. Woodrow Wilson’s decision for the U.S. to enter the war was a turning point in world history. Our entrance to the war foreclosed the possibility for peace to be negotiated among the nations that were already in the war and were tired of fighting. In my opinion, I think the U.S. government did a great job of maintaining our nation out of the war by passing many neutrality acts during that era. The triple alliance nations threatened the United States multiple times and jeopardized our allies in Europe. When Germany declared unrestricted warfare and claimed the area around the British Isles and threatened any ship that crossed through the area would be attacked by the German Navy. I think our president Woodrow Wilson handled everything perfectly by proposing an agreement with Germany in which they agreed. Although when Germany broke the agreement Wilson broke our diplomatic relations with the German government. This event made the United States look vigorous because we showed Germany and other nations that we take our country very seriously and we won’t let anyone defeat us or let them destroy us. Kazin, Michael. “Should America Have Entered World War I?” The New York Times, The New York Times, 6 Apr. 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/04/06/opinion/should-america-have-entered-world-war-i.html.
In 1918, two American soldiers were honored in France after they shot down two German aeroplanes The two men Lieutenant Alan F. Winslow and Douglas Campbell attended two well-known universities in Europe, Yale and Harvard. In my opinion, this article shows how well trained our troops are and how strong our military is. This is an accomplishment for both the two men and our military to be awarded for our skills by another nation especially by our allies in the war. Tribune, The International Herald. “1918: American Heroes Honored in France.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 19 Apr. 2018.