Reality Of An Untested Soldier

Hino Ashihei’s excerpts from “Earth and Soldiers” is an example of one of the most well known staples of romanticized history, the war letters sent back home. They are often used to grab a first hand glimpse into the realities and sometimes banality of war, made all the more touching for being real. In these letters, set during WWII, the writer tells of his doubts and emotional outbursts to a brother he might never see again. His…