Source Analysis

Source 1

Dulce et Decorum Est

Website: http://www.warpoetry.co.uk/owen1.html

Origin: Poem written by Wilfred Owen between 8th October 1917 and March in 1918. Wilfred Owen was a soldier during the first world war and experienced many of these tragedies and devastations first hand. This means that the poems that he write are usually accurate and display the situations in the trenches in a way that no other poet will.

Purpose: The purpose of this poem was to show everyone how really terrible the trenches were. The name, Dulce et Decorum Est means that it is sweet and honourable, which is all of the things the war did not turn out to be. This poem shows that the war wasn’t glorious, but terrible. It also talks about gas;                      “Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! – An ecstasy of fumbling, Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime . . .
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.” This quote shows how terrible the gas attacks were and that the death was excruciating.

Value: Since Wilfred Owen was a soldier of the war himself, it is the closest you can get to a soldier’s point of view on the war. It is good because it shows how soldiers felt about the war and everything they had to go through. This is good for our exhibition because we want to look at the effect of certain weapons on the battles and trenches, and this one explains the effect of gas.

Limitations: It only talks about gas and not any other weapons. This is not exactly a limitation since we still get and understanding of the effect of gas.

Source 2

website: http://www.firstworldwar.com/weaponry/

Origin:

  • The website is secondary source
  • written by Michael Duffy
  • Published at Saturday 22 august, 2009

Purpose:

This document exist to people that want to use and understand about weapons in ww1. The aim for this website is to go find out about the weapons that was used in the ww1 and development of the weapons. The intended audience is the people that want to know about the weapons that was used in the war. The website say about the the use of the weapons in ww1 and development and which country used it.

Value:

From the website the author knows about the ww1. The the period is 1914 to end of the  war. This has a value of information that we have to make our part of the project. But there are limitation to this.

Limitation:  

From this document it can tell in depth of the weapons not that depth. We could verify the source by checking with other sources to see if it is right source or not and get more info of the weapons.this source tells the accurate information that we needed to know about with some extra source to see in depth and back up the information that we had.

Source 3

Origin:

This source is a secondary one written close to present day, however the source does not state when the articles were published. It can still be seen that the source was written a long time after the first world war took place. The articles were published by the Canadian War  Museum and gave an overview of the weapons used throughout the war.

Purpose:

The purpose of this source is to provide information about all of the different types and categories of weapons that were used throughout the First world war. Not only does it talk about how the weapon categories developed as a whole, but it also gives a lot of detail and analysis about the individual weapons such as how they were used, what their strengths and weaknesses were and also when and by who they were used.

Values:

The biggest value and thing that I took away from this source was the individual weapon descriptions. The reason why this was so helpful was because it really allowed me to see how the different weapons developed throughout the war and what weapons were used when. An example of this that I found very helpful was in the grenade category of the website, it shower how the german stick grenade was improved and refined throughout the war and how it became a more effective weapon. Another value of this source was the amount of weapons that were talked about and described, it gave an extremely good overview of the different weapons that were used in trench warfare, which allowed to have a better understanding of the research question and sub questions.

Limitations:

The biggest limitation that this source has, is the fact that it did not really discuss the impact that the weapons had on the war and battles from both sides. Another thing was that regarding some of the weapons, it did not give a lot of detail about who pioneered and used the weapon and also about when and where in the war they were being used.

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