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Reality of Conflict
Confused and helpless
No control of situation
'raw-seamed hot khaki'
'Bullets smacking the belly out of the air'
Physical description creates noise and confusion
'blue crackling air'
Completely surrounded by danger
Patriotism and principles 'dropped like luxuries'
No use in heat of battle
Bleak imagery conveys pain
Frost 'puckering foreheads crisp'
Imagine flesh freezing
Wind noise is 'twitching agonies of men'
Vivid picture of wounded soldier
No room for patriotism or heroism
'cringe in holes'
Pointlessness of suffering
Little chance of surviving
Accept their presumed fate
Morally complicated decisions
Disturbing feeling of responsibility
'his bloody life in my bloody hands'
Vivid picture of horrors
Unable to remain detached from reality
Sleep interrupted by a man being 'torn apart'
Haunted by memories
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Noisy and frightening picture of battle
Relentless galloping rhythm
Men's bravery and heroism
Distance between speaker and battle
Recounted like a story in chronological order