This 3 part drama has just finished airing on BBC 2 and has been a truly excellent WWII drama. We rarely see dramas about WWII from the German point of view - yes, we get documentaries on Yesterday, but most of the time these are bias and most of the WWII TV series are from the Allied perspective, e.g. We'll Meet Again; Enemy at the Door and more recently, The Crimson Field. This is not a criticism - merely an observation.
Generation War tells the story of 5 friends during the years 1943 to the end of WWII in 1945. It starts with the 5 of them having a party and innocently believing that the war will be a short one - that they'll all be together again in Berlin by Christmas. Of course the tragedy is, that we know how long WWII lasted and how it changed the lives of all those who lived through it - whether they were on the frontline fighting or not.
It is a story of the human spirit's struggle to survive in the face of some of history's worst atrocities, but it warns us that no one comes away from something like this without being damaged and that, that damage will last a life time - what once was, will never be again, and this is heart wrenching.
What I liked about this drama in particular was that it wasn't bias towards any side - it simply showed things as they must have been for all those involved and that, in the end, the soldiers on both sides had little choice but to just follow orders from the top - it wasn't their war, it was the politicians' war.
Overall, an excellent drama and well worth watching.