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Comparison of German and French Soldiers experiences The First World War was a horrible experience for all sides involved No one was immune to the effects of this global conflict and each country was affected in various ways However one area of relative comparison can be noted in the experiences of the French and German soldiers In gaining a better understanding of the French experience Wilfred Owens Dulce et Decorum Est was particularly useful Regarding the German soldiers experience various selections from Erice Maria Remarques All Quiet on the Western Front proved to be a valuable source of insight A analysis of the above mentioned sources one can note various similarities between the German and French armies during World War I in the areas of trench warfare ill-fated troops and military technology Trench warfare was totally unbiased The trench did not discriminate between cultures This new warfare was unlike anything the world had seen before millions of people died during a war that was supposed to be over in time for the holidays Each side entrenched themselves in makeshift bunkers that attempted to provide protection from the incoming shells and brave soldiers After receiving an order to overtake the enemies bunker soldiers trounced their way through the land between the opposing armies that was referred to as no mans land The direness of the war was exemplified in a quotation taken from Remarques All Quiet on the Western Front Attacks alternate with counter-attacks and slowly the dead pile up in the field of craters between the trenches We are able to bring in most of the wounded that do not lie too far off But many have long to wait and we listen to them dying 382 After years of this trench warfare corpses of both German and French soldiers began to pile up and soldiers and civilians began to realize the futility of trench warfare However it was many years before any
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