War can bring out the worst in people, but it can also bring out the best. During situations of high stress and the impending doom of the future, it is hard not to fall in love. It doesn’t matter what war is going on, the people fighting it need a reason and cause to continue doing what they do. For many, that reason is love. To know that someone is waiting for them, caring for them and wanting them to return boosts their morale to continue the good fight. For one, their love lets go, for the other it was happily ever after.
Earnest Hemingway and Agnes von Kurowsky
World War one was in full swing by the time Earnest Hemingway reported for duty. He was nineteen years old and ready to conquer all that was ahead of him. However, when he was wounded on the battlefield and taken to a hospital for treatment, his real pain began. He fell head over heels for his nurse Agnes von Kurowsky. The two exchanged love letters during several months. Agnes, however, was the one to call off the love affair breaking Earnest’s heart. As a tribute to their love and his affections for her, she became immortalized in his book “Farewell to Arms.” In 1996, the movie “Love and War” hit the silver screen bringing this tragic love affair out in the public’s eye. Agnes passed away in 1984 while Earnest Hemingway committed suicide in 1961.
Fredrick and Elizabeth Noble
Another love that has a much happier ending is that of Fredrick and Elizabeth. While some wars have a tendency to split people apart, it wasn’t so for this couple. They married in 1941 and had accumulated over 250 different correspondences through letters, telegrams, and Valentine ’s Day cards. Perhaps the most significant thing about this couple is the fact that they never once called it quits on their marriage. Not even death kept these two apart as they both passed away in 2011, three days apart.