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Post by bookowlie » 07 May 2016, 12:46

Metka wrote:Yes, both sides had to be strong. The ones who left and their relatives. The II. world war was terrible. So many people lost contact with their relatives and friends. So many were hiding... The chaos separated people, but those that survived found their way back to normal life. Off course, If they could. Some were left with huge scars of war. That can last a lifetime. And their families also. They did not even know if their loved ones were alive.. It's hard to imagine the horrible things they had to experience... My grandparents told me a lot about those times. Definitely, they all had to be as strong as possible.
I agree about the chaos and people who lost contact with their relatives and friends. They are so many stories about survivors who had no idea if their loved ones lived or died, and spent years trying to find out.
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Post by LarkSpur25 » 28 May 2016, 09:27

Both sides must be strong. I've gone through this and it's not easy for either side. The soldier has to risk their life as well as be away from loved ones. While the other side of the coin means the loved ones must endure the day to day struggle without their beloved soldier and don't always know where the soldier is or if he or she is safe.

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Post by literarycat » 06 Jun 2016, 10:29

It is hard to compare the two. It takes different kinds of strength to be able to do both. There is so much uncertainty when someone get deployed, it's like the lives of everyone involved is up in the air and can change drastically in a second. I couldn't imagine what it would feel like to live with that thought every day. Both sides are stronger than I could ever be.
The world breaks everyone, and afterwards, some are strong at the broken points ~ Ernest Hemingway.

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Post by Chris123 » 14 Jun 2016, 23:24

Both sides have to be brave and the comparison between is just not possible. One is being brave for yourself while the other is being brave for a loved one. I guess if I HAD to compare the two the men going off to war are more brave because they have to face the danger head on, while the family gets to be brave from the comfort of their home. Again I find this very hard to compare....

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Post by Sarah_Khan » 21 Jun 2016, 12:05

I think they both require a lot of strength and bravery. And I also think it depends on what kind of war it is, for example during World War 2 the families of the people at war might be in danger also, but in wars of today like when people go and fight in the middle east then the person fighting at least has some peace of mind that they're family is safe.

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Post by Miriam Molina » 07 May 2017, 00:32

I am sure that both the soldier and the family face many stressful moments, particularly when they are unable to communicate and each side worries about the other. Thanks to technology today, people are able to reach each other instantly and constantly.

Both the fighter and the beloved he/she leaves behind need to be brave. The question is, do we really need this aggravation? History tells us that no one ever wins a war.

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Post by LKCooper » 21 Jun 2017, 09:25

Both sides had it hard I'm sure. To risk your life for your country and loved ones is bad enough, then to leave a family behind... so sad. To stay and hold the fort and never hearing for weeks sometimes if your loved on is safe...equally difficult I'd say. Mental torture on both sides. Thankfully, today we have amazing lines of communication that they did not have back in WWII. They couldn't call weekly back then, and of course there was no Skype, Facetime, or emails... God bless all our service persons.

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Post by japp30 » 06 Jul 2017, 04:43

great, the world is a family

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Post by Soumeg » 20 Jul 2017, 23:16

The warriors who fight in the battles and wars have to be courageous and determined. They are brave to face the gruesome reality and to give their all to their side. But I believe their families are the ones that are strong, strong enough to hope for news, strong enough to accept the aftermath and strong to accept the death of their loved ones.

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Post by fatemeh133 » 09 Oct 2017, 17:39

It is hard to compare, and neither do service men nor the families have it easy. The struggles are certainly very different. The children should not be forgotten in this midst. The book describes the trials and tribulation well. Being familiar with some aspects of this issue, i am biased to say families left behind might have it a bit harder. The ones who go to war know where they are going. Those left behind have to wing it and deal with issues as they come up, most unforeseen and unexpected.

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Post by Salsabila » 09 Oct 2017, 22:56

It takes a strong heart to go to war but it takes an even stronger heart to allow the majority of your family: your father, husband, brother, son into war.

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