The absolute filth and horror of the trench warfare, which in my essay I called mud and blood, also very much stood out for me in these two movie screenings that we did.
I think we learn more about WW2 because it was filled with charismatic leaders, good and evil, a horror show of precision inhumanity and statistics alike. But WW1 seems to get a more quick treatment, more like a series of facts that happened, things about the League of Nations and the precursors to WW2. But I I remember learning very little about the brutality and hollowness of it.
WW2 had flags to cheer behind. WW1 had lack of communication, uncertainty, flying blind. It was very much madness. All warfare is but the shock was from more than the shells in WW1: it was the loss of the past and the need to embrace uncertainty.[responsivevoice_button voice="US English Male"]