'"Commander Second Army directs that informal understandings with enemy are to cease. Officers... allowing them are to be brought before a court-martial'" (84).
Signpost: Numbers and Stats
"The war in Iraq was launched with a real since that it would be short and decisive and that we would soon be safe from our enemies. But as in World War 1, this national optimism soon collided head on with reality. Shortly after hostilities began, our president declared an end to major combat operations while standing underneath a MISSION ACCOMPLISHED banner. it was only then that the real war began - a brutal hit-and-run contest that lasted many years, claimed the lives of thousands of american soldiers, more than 150 Iraqi civilians, and devastated a country's economy and landscape." (102).
"German representatives at the negotiations protested the harsh terms, especially what came to be known as the 'war guilt' clause. But with their army in disarray and tens of thousands of citizens near starvations, they had no other choice but to agree to sign the Versailles Treaty. Far from breaking the German spirit, the treaty embittered that country's people and made them determined to regain their former power. These feelings eventually led the german people to back a political extremist named Adolf Hitler and resulted, twenty years later, in Warld War II"(95-97).
The author quoted this person because this shows how the people in high command are trying to stop the friendly meetings between the allied forces and the Germans.
"'I have issued the strictest orders that on no account is [fraternization] to be allowed between the opposing troups. To finish this war quickly, we must keep up the fighting spirit and do all we can to discourage friendly [meetings]'" (82).
The numbers in this represents the amount of people died during the Iraq war and shows the fact that that many people or more probably died during the first world war.
Summary:The Important Thing
3."'...Finally, the officers threatened the men with, 'fire or we do - and not at the enemy!' Not a shot had come from the other side, but at last [we] fired, and an answering fire came back, but not a man fell. we spent that day and the next wasting ammunition in trying to shoot the stars down from the sky.' There was some attempt to restart the war following Christmas. Several small raids were launched, and the artillery on both sides sent shells screaming through the air"(87).
This shows a fixed mindset because even though the war was over and everyone that didn't die was home, many of the German people wanted to regain their former power and did't accept that there was a kind of "peace" threw out the countries involved in the first world war. If the war had ended with Germany keeping it's territory, then the people might have accepted that the war was over.
Book Club Question
technical: is to associate in a fraternal or friendly way
2."On Christmas morning, the men awoke to something strange. Absolute quiet. When they glanced over the parapets, They discovered a silent world covered by a chick, clinging fog."(64).
The most important thing is that the governments tricked their people into wanting war, then the war was put to a halt because of a truce then the truce went on fore a very long time until the commanders stopped it themselves and the war went on.
1."To make sure this happened, the German government planted hundreds of articles in newspapers all across Germany alerting its people to the dangers posed by France, Great Britain, and Russia. At the same time, other articles and books celebrated their German culture and suggested that Germans were superior to any other people in the world"(5).
How is it that two or more wars in completely different time frames be so similar?
Why would there be so many deaths for a war that soldiers didn't even want to finish after a truce for so long?