What was the most interesting idea or insight that was discussed in your group meeting today? Describe the discussion in as much detail as you can, noting the ideas various members came up with as well as any follow-up questions that were asked. (This reflection needs to be a paragraph in length.)
5 ~ 8 sentences

Discussion #1

The most interesting idea that was discussed in our group meeting today started from a question. The question was, "Does people get mentally hurt more, or does people get physically hurt more?" Hoon Ho said that people get mentally hurt more. He said that even in the book, there were people going to mental hospitals and that the very thought of war destories people, while death (being physically hurt) ends all of the pain. I said that first I would haver want to die. And also said I would rather see someone get hurt and be mentally hurt myself rather then actually being hurt myself. Majority of the people in the group sided with me; however, we were still not able to come up with a solid conclusion.

Discussion #2

The most interesting idea that was discussed in our group meeting today was about soldiers companionship. First, we talked about different types of relationships that people have. A relationship between friends is different with the relationship with family. So then we questioned the companisonship bond between soldiers during war. We stated that the companionship between soldiers is stronger then any other relationships. An example that came up in the discussion was about how Kat and Paul had shot a goose to eat it. Despite that food was scarce, they did not think twice to share it with other members of their group. This shows that they really care for each other. Moreover, we have also said that this could be on of the theme of the book, companionship. The soldiers throughout the section continously depend on each other for survival, building a bond stronger then any other.

Discussion #3

The most interesting idea that was discussed in our group meeting today started from a question. The question was, "Are the soldiers going to die (mainly the main characters, classmates of Paul)?" We said that their death is going to be painful not only for the person but for their friends as well. But after they all die, it is going to be peaceful. This is because when people are dead, they are silent. This is the situation in a battle field where the battle has just ended and the dead are left behind. The battle stage then would be so quiet and peaceful. We came up with this conclusion after getting a hint from the title of the book, All Quiet on the Western Front. When all the main characters die, after fighting in the Western Front, then it will be quiet and peaceful. I believe that this would also resemble the end of the war when everyone is dead, thus the battle stage being quiet.

Discussion #4


The most interesting idea that was discussed in our group meeting today talked about eh mental and physical affect of war to people. One aspect of the argument was that death ends all pain. In some part I have agreed; however, it still seems that no one our table are willing to die to have peace. Rather we would get mentaly damaged then lose an arm or a leg. From the book, it seems as the survivors are tormented just by the thought of war, so much that they do not even talk about it. But I believe that the mental damge can be overcome after time, something that physical damage cannot recover from. Later, I asked, "Why would you get mentaly damaged from war?" I thought that if one understands the nature of war and accepts the reality, there would be no mental shock. In addiction to the fact that I would not let a event from the past chain me down from continuing on with my life.

Trench Wars

http://www.harris-academy.com/departments/history/Trenches/Joanna/joanna1.htm
Despite the fact that this is not a .org site, it is realiable for two reasons. First, this site is made from Harris Academy. Meaning it is for academic puropses, not mainly for making money. Because it is a academic school site, the information in it would also be realiable. Moreover, the page states the authors name. Unlike other pages with a unknown author, this site clearly states the professor who has wrote the information about the trench warfare.

World War I is famously known for trench warfare. Trenches are the dug up land that are usually 7ft deep and 6ft wide. They had many puropses and advantages thus were essential in war. Often times, opposing states would stand less then 100 meters digging the trenches because the first one to buid one has a hugh advantage over the other. The trenches were made in the Eastern Front and the Western Front. As All Quiet on the Western Front takes place in the Western Front, trenches are a major setting of the book. To better understand trenches would enhance our understanding of the overall book.

Basic Information
-Front line trench 7ft deep 6ft wide
-Advantage for the 1st to dig trench
-Absorb bullet + block shells
-Barbed-wire entanglements were virtually impassable
-Major offensive soldiers were sent out to cut a path with wire-cutters
-Another tactic was to place a Bangalore Torpedo (a long pipe filled with explosive) and detonate it under the wire.


Common Way of Killing Enemy in Trenches
Patrol would meet; hand to hand combat front-line trenches suffered from enemy snipers. These men were usually specially trained marksmen that had rifles with telescopic sights. German snipers did not normally work from their own trenches. The main strategy was to creep out at dawn into no-man's land and remain there all day. Wearing camouflaged clothing and using the cover of a fake tree, they waited for a British soldier to pop his head above the parapet. A common trick was to send up a kite with English writing on it. Anyone who raised his head to read it was shot.

Advancing to the Enemy Trench
The German Army first began experimenting with flame-throwers in 1900 and were issued to special battalions eleven years later. The flame-thrower used pressurized air, carbon dioxide or nitrogen to force oil through a nozzle. Ignited by a small charge, the oil became a jet of flame. 

Flame-throwers were first used at the Western Front in October 1914. Operated by two men, they were mainly used to clear enemy soldiers from front-line trenches. At first they had a range of 25 metres but later this was increased to 40 metres. This meant they were only effective over narrow areas of No Man's Land. Another problem was that the flame-thrower was difficult to move around and only contained enough oil to burn 40 seconds at the time. Soldiers who operated flame-throwers had a short-life span because as soon as they used them they were the target of rifle and machine-gun fire.

Notes
Weapons
-Machine guns and mustard gas
-planes and tanks
-zeppelins, huge bomb carrier
-Tanks first released in world war.
-attach machine guns in the plane
-dogfights were when two planes
-There were submarines, which was torpedoes

Nationalism
-One of the causes of this war was nationalism.
-Nationalism is an idea of being royal to one's nation
EX
German nationalism had brought many people together and people were doing everything for their country
-Soldiers who were fighting in this war because of their strong belief in nationalism
-When nationalism gets really strong, the country gets strong because the people are going to be dying for their country.
-This idea usually leads to war because every nation wants to make their country the strongest, which creates a lot of conflicts
-Then they go to war to see who is stronger
EX
Germany wanted to make their nation stronger and they had conquered a lot of land and gained a lot of power
-Nationalism is a good thing for one country, but it is a dangerous thing to the whole world

6 Trait (Organization)
The opening line makes me curious, inviting me to read the book further on. This is because on the title of the book, there are battle scenes; however, the first passage of the first paragraph, "We are at rest five miles behind the front. Yesterday we were relieved, and now our bellies are full of beef and haricot beans." This is a controversy to what I already know about war, as the picture of the title depicts, depicts a rather violent scene, so it makes me curious what the heck is happening. The first sentense, the title, and the title cover all do not match up with one another.