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Joseph Stalin once said A single death is a tragedy a million deaths is a statistic Most people in the world fail to realize the real tragedy of war The millions of deaths which occur during a war are undoubtedly tragic but no one comprehends the trauma on the battlefield as well as the soldiers themselves do One of the greatest war novels of all time All Quiet on the Western Front focuses on the perspectives of the soldiers themselves rather than the diplomatic issues behind the war The reader is given an inside look at what conditions were like on the front including the thoughts and actions that the soldiers experience Researching World War I would provide one with much information dealing with the social political and economic factors of the war as well as the statistics concerning the wounded and dead What one will not be provided with however is information regarding the fear and propaganda with which the soldiers were faced In the trenches all soldiers live each moment as their last having fear that lies in the fact that in an instant they could be blown to pieces and that everything depends solely on fate During combat the shells are flying everywhere contributing greatly towards the fear of death in the soldiers When he presses himself down upon her Earth long and powerfully when he buries his face and his limbs deep in her from the fear of death by shell-fire 55 On the battlefield the soldiers only defense against the shell-fire is to sprawl out on the ground and wait for a relatively safe moment to move The men are overcome by fear and act only on impulse Many of the men are not strong enough to deal with the fear or they lack the experience to know that some people do make it out alive Trench warfare is especially hard on the new
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