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Its War, But Its Not Over The Top!
on 27 April 2014
This is one of the best First World War documentaries available right now, but coming in a worthy second to the legendary BBC's 'The Great War' series from the 1960s. Nothing will ever equal that in my view. Apart from these two productions the others aren't worth bothering with from what I've seen. I want facts, figures, personal experiences ... I don't want the whole production to be underlined by an anti-war message. The casualty figures alone on all sides are quite sufficient to remind the viewer that war is hell, and should be avoided at all costs because people can get hurt. War isn't Hollywood, and we should not judge the inexplicable bravery of so many soldiers by today's standards. To undermine such courage with a plea for pacifism is almost to ridicule it. I see bravery and comradeship in the face of insuperable odds as some of the highest of human virtues. Personally, as long as warfare is confined to the TV screen, and I don't have to be involved in it, then it suits me just fine, thanks. However, a fine TV documentary series of this nature reminds me, as it should remind everybody that if it wasn't for the noble sacrifices of previous generations, we probably wouldn't have any carefully censored TV programmes to review without big brother breathing down our necks anyway. Was old Horace right when he wrote, 'Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.'? It would be nice to think it was worth it. I guess I'm just an old romantic at heart.