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This review is from: Forgotten Men [DVD] (DVD)
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This remarkable documentary was made circa 1934. It describes and shows the wholesale carnage endured by man and beast during The Great War.. There are short commentaries by participants and very rare and supposedly previously unseen footage which warns the viewer of the even greater horrors of any forthcoming conflict!!! In 1934. were the makers anticipating WWII? (Marshal Foche described the cessation of hostilities in 1918 as a mere 20 year armistice. How right he was.)
The film is unique in that the footage shown is not only British, but also French, German, Italian and Russian.
Camera men then (were there ladies on the job? Probably not), were the start of a new breed who were not afraid to go with the troops right to the front lines where the action was at its most severe. Many over the years have paid the ultimate price for the sake of their craft.
There is an interesting commentary by historian Max Arthur in the "Extras".
All in all, history buffs and those of us who can relate to a horrible war in which our grandfathers took part, will find this well worth watching. Loved the bit about the KOSB (King's Own Scottish Borderers). I signed the petition to save them but sadly they are no more.