Sofia asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 7 years ago

why weren't the soldiers in the battle of the somme heroes?

i'm doing an essay and it's due tomorrow. I need answers as to why the soldiers in the battle of the Somme heroes. This is my 'for' paragraph:

In the dictionary the definition of the word ‘hero’ is ‘a person who is admired for courage or noble qualities’. These qualities could be things such as doing something for a greater cause, being a good person, showing commitment, and showing self-sacrifice, and prepared to give their life for their cause. In this way, the soldiers in the Battle if the Somme were heroes because, especially in the Salford Pals division, they showed dedication to the cause of the battle, protecting not just France from attack, but Britain too. And after the 2nd failed attack on the German troops, which were firing machine guns at all men who entered their path, many were injured and dead, and though they had a slim chance of surviving the machine guns, and an even smaller chance of surviving long enough to do any proper damage, yet they still fought and killed and were injured or killed in the battle field.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago
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    It is a question of perception. Back in the days during and before the Great War, the ordinary person, everywhere was becoming a little more educated. The general attitude towards patriotism was becoming more associated with the general public, rather than just those more educated and elite people within British society. It was the general belief that without very strict rules of conduct and obedience the ordinary soldier would gladly have done other than his duty. Prior to the Great War, those men that had been in the army were not thought of in the wonderful way and worshipful attitude we adopt to our armed forces of today. If anything they were thought of as scum mostly. Ex criminals and louts and social outcasts. Men to whom most people would have found not very endearing in the least.

    Today the media would have us treat anyone in uniform, no matter, as heroes. No doubt our men and women deserve more of our tribute and understanding than has been in the case in yesteryear.

    Then there is more severe and strict military code of behaviour. Firstly there is duty, and it is expected that each individual should conduct themselves in a proper manner expected of soldiers, even under fire. Especially under fire! This modern heroism is because society is much more sympathetic to the lot of our military. They judge how heroic it is for an ordinary citizen to interfere in some type of physical dispute and would give that citizen a medal for that contribution. They then compare this with having to face such horror on a day to day basis as with the military. If this feeling continues, and I for one am not saying it shouldn't, we will be giving everyone who volunteers for military service with a medal upon enlistment, and a gong for almost every action thereafter. Perhaps they should.

    Back then, in the Great War, such duty and actions, were accepted as merely necessary acts in the pursuance of battle. Only exceptions deeds of bravery would be considered worthy of mention and a medal and such. The conflict was so massive and awesome that the individual entity was lost among the many, many daily sacrifices, tribulations and utter horror of War. Personally each and every soldier in the Great War that suffered the traumas of that conflict should be given far more recognition. Almost any soldier on the line deserved far more praise and respect than all the pampered generals together, that supposedly led them.

    PS

    How did you do with the essay.

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