- What was it like to fight on land, sea and in the air?
People in combat on land were held up and worked hard. Most of the people involved in the war didn’t want to be, they wanted to go home. Some people in the sea seemed to be enjoying their time, eating great meals and having great weather. Although they miss their homes which is inevitable. People fighting in the air seemed somewhat bored and even scared. Lots of accidents occurred in the air which was not good for the pilot’s moral. All of these people whether sooner or later missed their home. They weren’t there for Christmas Holidays, and didn’t see family for years.
- What are some important Canadian contributions to the war on land, sea and in the air?
During the Battles of Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, Canadian land troops played a big part in the battles, in Passchendaele the land was rugged and destroyed making it a difficult battlefield, But Canadian soldiers still won the fight. As for the seas, Canada’s Navy was relatively small at first but grew to 9,000 officers by the end of World War 1. German “U-Boat” submarines attacked Merchant Navy ships containing soldiers and needed supplies from either North America or Europe. Allies placed merchant ships into groups and used warships to help them across the seas. Canadian ports like St. John and Halifax became important convoy gathering points. Canada did not have its own air force until only the final month of the war, but over 22,000 Canadians participated in the British flying services. They helped fight and finish the war.
- What are the common themes in the poems? What do they tell you about how soldiers felt about the war?
The soldiers felt that the war was sad and dark, bloody and scary. Nearly every soldier did not want to fight in the war, or just didn’t want to fight others. The war was not a pleasant place for people to live in obviously, but those who fought in it were left scarred and broken. Soldiers fought for their country and for honour, even though they wanted to go home and see their families, they cared for the country and its hope.