War has been a part of the human experience since the dawn of recorded history, and this unfortunate fact has been reflected in the literature of almost every period and culture. Homer's Iliad, one of the first great works of literature, describes events surrounding the Trojan War, and its sequel, the Odyssey, tells the story of Greek heroes returning home from the war. Such epic war stories were intended to preserve the history or mythology of conflicts between different societies, and today they survive as a sort of cautionary tale, a narrative of the wars and conflicts that have plagued our development as a species from the very beginning.
Many writers throughout history have explored the ethics and tragedy of war. From Tolstoy's War and Peace to Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, from Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage to Shakespeare's Henry V, the significance of war as a social problem has inspired many of our greatest authors to tackle the difficult subject. As a result, war literature has grown into a genre of its own.
Here, you will find a collection of war stories from all points of view, true stories and fiction, detailing the experiences of both professional soldiers and civilians who find themselves caught up in the ravages of war.