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  • Journey's End

    Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3780500/

    I watched this movie for the second time tonight. My thought is that the horror of war experience by WWI soldiers has as much to do with their expectations about civilized life as the actual events. Surely the conditions were no worse than those experienced by cities under siege since walled cities were first built. There may be no way to compare starvation and disease to artillery and poison gas but the severity of the psychological deterioration is probably related to a combination of long periods of forced inactivity and constant terror.
    We hunt the hunters

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    Worth remembering that the British soldiers at the Aisne in 1918 had just (and in many cases only just) survived the first German onslaught of the German Spring Offensive, been pulled out of line, reformed and sent to a quiet sector of the front (which was SOP when troops had taken a real battering) only to realise they were in the path of another massive onslaught Operation Blucher about to fall on them.

    Read The Last of the Ebb by Sidney Rogerson an officer in the West Yorkshire Regiment. This short book is his account of the first days of the battle in which he took part
    Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe (H G Wells)
    Mit der Dummheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Friedrich von Schiller)

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    • #3
      There is a resurgence of interest on WWI, and there are some fine films based on it. The British produce some of the very best of those, obviously, since it's their history in a unique way.
      Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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