During the summer, the sun could make tight spaces as hot as an oven,
while in winter, a cold, damp wind would freeze fingers and toes, but in the fall of 1914, it was the series of fierce downpours that made everything a wet, muddy mess.
"As one British soldier remarked sarcastically, "The advertisement of the attack on our front was absurd.... Small wonder the machine-gun fire was directed with such fatal precision' (39).
Truce By: Jim Murphy
While the soldiers talked and shared stories across the trenches, it showed that there was a possibility for peace and friendship.
To survive, the soldiers had to outlast the brutal heat of summer, the freezing cold of winter, and the constant downpours of fall.
Summary SWBS and Aha! huh?
The soldiers wanted peace and friendship, but the generals would not allow any fraternizing at all. So the soldiers rebelled and still talked to the other side.
This person was quoted because they had a first hand experience in the war and understood what was happening, and this adds to the story that the leaders of the armies were not very smart and they were advertising when they were going to attack the enemy
What choice would you have made if you were a leader of one of the main countries, would you have tried to stop the war. If so how would you?
Talking across the trenches, the soldiers showed us they could be friendly and could have peace with eachother.
Friendship, rebelling, pushing until you can't push anymore, neglect of strategy, and the pushing through the hard times.
AHA! -the generals had no mercy and the soldiers wanted peace. HUH? -Why were the generals being so hard on the troops?