Technology of Modern Warfare the Research Paper

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The terrifying fear of living with the constant threat of instant annihilation from artillery shells and the soul-shaking noise and thunderous impacts of nearby strikes sent many veterans of trench warfare home with what was then called "shell shock" and which was so severe that some veterans suffered severe lifelong symptoms of what we refer to today as post traumatic stress disorder. Remarque also explores the theme of the tendency of trench war survivors to experience survivor's guilt and a general disillusionment with life after witnessing how quickly and easily the lives of so many of their comrades were snuffed out by explosive artillery, often without any trace of their existence besides a fine red mist. Remarque also relates the difficulty that returning combat veterans had readapting to the normal peacetime psychological orientation of ordinary civilian life after their wartime experiences.

Meanwhile, Isaac Babel's short story My first Goose relates other aspects of the psychological toll of the individual soldier in warfare. The protagonist is so desperate for the approval and acceptance of his fellow soldiers that he finds himself horribly mistreating an innocent civilian, an old woman whose goose he takes from her, slaughters, and then orders her to cook for him. Initially, he is an entirely different type of person than the hardened soldiers he comes to admire. Because of the nature of war and the way that the constant fear of death makes mutual dependence on fellow soldiers a necessity, the protagonist finds himself identifying with and emulating the callousness of battle-hardened soldiers and abandoning his previous morality and human sensitivity. Ultimately, both works illustrate the horrific physical and psychological toll of modern warfare on the individual soldier.

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Esposito, V. (1964). A Concise History of World War I. New York: Praeger.

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