These films lay bare devastating truths the soldiers knew but the people back home did not: the swirling, disorienting madness of endless war. They begin with patriotic zeal, ready to rush forward lit by the fires of patriotic zeal only to find that fire quickly dampened then gone, the wood once lit soggy and rotten, the ashes burning into flesh. The bullets never ended; people’s life extinguished both quickly and slowly – more like a mudslide engulfing a village than a fight for honor and glory.  For those that made it back during the war for treatment, the officers were given the best of care, the foot soldiers a quick shock but both had the same goal; go back to the front. I believe one made a comment about there eventually being nothing left to send in but dogs and cats and they’ll send them in too. Truly barbaric. 

These films lay bare devastating truths the soldiers knew but the people back home did not: the swirling, disorienting madness of endless war. They begin with patriotic zeal, ready to rush forward lit by the fires of patriotic zeal only to find that fire quickly dampened then gone, the wood once lit soggy and rotten, the ashes burning into flesh. The bullets never ended; people’s life extinguished both quickly and slowly – more like a mudslide engulfing a village than a fight for honor and glory.

For those that made it back during the war for treatment, the officers were given the best of care, the foot soldiers a quick shock but both had the same goal; go back to the front. I believe one made a comment about there eventually being nothing left to send in but dogs and cats and they’ll send them in too. Truly barbaric.

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