Tired of War
Fall 1915. The soldiers of all the armies are tired of the war. They dream of being able to go
home, even if this means that their country will not win. They hate the politicians,
their military superiors, the journalists, and the “jusqu’au-boutiste” civilians. Why
do they stay on the front? Not because of love of the fatherland, but because they
are coerced to do so, because of a sense of duty, and above all because they do not
want to let down their comrades. Among many civilians too, there is no longer any
enthusiasm for this miserable war . . .
Jacques R. Pauwels
JACQUES R. PAUWELS has taught European history at the University of Toronto, York University and the University of Waterloo. He is the author of several books on twentieth-century history, including The Myth of the Good War, in which he provides a revisionist look at the role of the United States and other Allied countries in the Second World War. An independent scholar, Pauwels holds PhDs in history and political science. He lives in Brantford, Ontario.