“Why are you here?”
“Life would be a lot simpler if we could choose our duties and obligations. But we can’t. We shouldn’t. That’s why I am here.”
~ Major Charles Whittlesey in the DVD Lost Battalion
If graphic battle scenes don’t bother you, we highly recommend this DVD. Rick Schroder’s performance is 10/10. Based on a true story, this movie illustrates trench warfare.
I appreciated the interviews with WWI veterans. There were four or five octogenarians whose remarks were interspersed throughout the film.
After reading Guns of August it was great to see more shots of the main players.
We had never before heard of the Armenian Genocide.
Watching The Great War has been a great though heavy companion to our reading. Images are potent. Reading about the horror is hard; seeing it in a soldier’s and children’s eyes, on the battlefield, in the ruined villages, is horrible. The documentary utilizes archival footage and modern color images.