One of the most insightful books that I have read was a personal account written by a diarist in WWI named Ernst Junger.
I think a good way to understand war, any war, is to approach it via personal accounts written by those who lived through it.
When it comes to WWI, there is not a whole lot of emotional accounts or eyewitness stories due to the fact that the war was suffered by a generation that was trained to not express their feelings. Shell shock was something they never saw before, and they did not know how to deal with those afflicted by the trauma of war.
“This was the home of the great god Pain, and for the first time I looked through a devilish chink into the depths of his realm. And fresh shells came down all the time.”
― Ernst Jünger
With every page, his words ring true and haunting.
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