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By Sara Pendergast

This source provides finished assurance of the realm warfare I interval. World struggle I: fundamental Sources offers 33 complete or excerpted fundamental resource fabrics, together with diaries, speeches, letters, journals and memoirs, which are with regards to the interval. different gains comprise images and maps, a close chronology of occasions, sidebars that includes comparable info, an index, a thesaurus of "Words to Know," learn and job rules, and a listing of additional analyzing resources

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I looked up quickly: there was nothing there. I blinked. Surely, if my eyes were worth anything, there had been something . . Yes! There it was again! This time I focused. It was a howitzer shell, one of our own shells, slowing up as it reached the top of its trajectory, turning slowly over and over, like an ambling porpoise, and then plunging down to burst. Guns fire shells in a flat trajectory; howitzers fling them high, like a lobbed tennis ball. It follows that, if you happen to be at the right height, you catch the shell just as it hovers at its peak point.

He had us at his mercy, had he known. There was a moment of wonderful relief. We laughed. It had all happened in much less time than it takes to tell, and we were still alive, safe! “Make for the advance landing-ground,” shouted the sergeant. He was furious with the gun jamming, jumpy at our narrow shave, and, anyway, didn’t relish his job with inexperienced pilots like me, just out from home. [Lewis, pp. 54, 55, 56–60] A Soldier’s Life: Confronting the Horrors of War 27 28 World War I: Primary Sources A Soldier’s Life: Confronting the Horrors of War 29 30 World War I: Primary Sources Excerpt from The Storm of Steel: From the Diary of a German Storm-Troop Officer on the Western Front Ernst Jünger German officer “Regniéville” [July 1917] Rations, too, were very poor.

If you are quick-sighted you can then follow its course down to the ground. I watched the thing fascinated. Damn it, they weren’t missing the machine by much, I thought; but I was left little time to consider it, for suddenly there was a sharp tearing sound like a close crack of thunder, and the machine was flung upwards by the force of the explosion of an Archie burst right underneath us. A split second later, and it would have been a direct hit. A long tear appeared in the fabric of the plane where a piece of shrapnel had gone through.

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