This painting, by Hans Larwin, known as "The Soldier and Death" (1917), is an amazing creation that captures the horrid and dangerous battlegrounds of WW1.
But, while this is technically a WW1 painting, it reaches out to every war that history has ever seen.
When a soldier, marine, airmen, sailor, or really anyone in the military or the civilian populace of a country that's being invaded gets caught in a war, and especially one with the magnitude of the First and Second World wars, death is always with them.
Death becomes their shadow. It creeps along with them, wherever they go; waiting. These people try everything in their power to push away death, to kill him, but death cannot simply be told to go away. It knows when the time will come when it will take away that soldier, or that civilian hiding under their bed during a severe bombing run.
It's the biggest companion a person in a war can have, for if you conquer death, you can achieve anything.
The soldiers of our wars had to learn to live side by side with their own deaths. They learned to conquer it by pushing themselves into horrible situations and making it through.
The thing is though, death will never leave. It's with us at all times, for we don't know when it will swoop in and claim us. In war time though, it is nearer, almost breathing down the backs of the troops in the napoleonic lines, or the great charges of the civil war, the trenches of WW1, the bloody battlefields of WW2, etc.
during WW2, over 50,000,000 people died, mostly civilians, in a conflict that was supposed to never happen after the "war to end all wars". It was the deadliest conflict out world has ever seen. Death was indeed everywhere, but you know what? So was courage, bravery, and grit. So was perseverance, dedication, and honor. So was happiness, camaraderie, and a brotherhood of men and women that fought for the preservation of our world.
That's what we should focus on. Not the deaths, although they of course are the sacrifices that made victory possible, but the other aspects of the war were what won it in the end.
É hoje !!!!!!! Botafogo e Flamengo
começam a decidir às 21h45, no Nilton Santos, uma vaga na decisão da Copa do
Em time que está
ganhando não se mexe? A máxima serve para o Botafogo. O técnico Jair Ventura
fechou o treino da véspera para a imprensa, mas a equipe não deve ter
novidades. O time será o mesmo que venceu o Nacional na semana passada e está
na ponta da língua do torcedor.