"Much more important, three million American troops would join the Allied soldiers in battle"(92).
Signpost: Quoted Words
"'I came to the conclusion that I have held firmly since, that if we had been left to ourselves there would have never been another shot fired. For a fortnight that truce went on. We were on the most friendly terms, and it was only the fact that we were being controlled by others that made it necessary for us to start trying to shoot one another again'"(98).
"But not at their own political leaders for getting them into war under false pretenses or at their military commanders for sticking with clearly outmoded and deadly combat tactics"(93).
This is a surprising stat because think about a huge war that already had almost eight million deaths adding three million more people.
Word Gap: Appalling
"The carnage and destruction were appalling"(92).
I think it is interesting that a soldier in WW1 has too said that they would not have fought again if they did not have to.
Summary: Most Important thing
1: The soldiers were pressured to fight.
If the political leaders did not keep spreading propaganda to the people, Then maybe there would have been a revolt that could have stopped the war.
Book Club Question
Did both sides want to stop fighting at the end of the war?
Definition: Causing shock or dismay; horrific. Technical term.
The most important thing was that the war could have been easily prevented and if the soldiers were left to their own devices then the war would have stopped way sooner.
3: The soldiers learned there was no point in the war and wanted to stop fighting.
2: The war could have been prevented
How many soldiers figured out/realized there was no point in the war and that it could have been prevented?