After reading Alex Massie’s excellent piece on Remembrance Day and the Great War, I clicked over to the Confabulum and found Joe Carter’s entry on Marine hand-to-hand combat training. The articles provide an interesting contrast between two cultural approaches to military service. I’d also venture that this difference can be traced back to the European experience during the Great War, but that’s neither here nor there.
On a related note, here are my three favorite movies on World War I:
- “J’accuse” – Incredibly moving French silent cinema, originally released in 1919 (and no, it’s not about the Dreyfus Affair). The haunting “March of the Dead” sequence at the end of the movie actually features French veterans back from the war.
- “Paths of Glory” – Kirk Douglas’s best movie (sorry, Spartacus fans). Ranks up there with Kubrick’s best work, as well.
- “The African Queen” – Bogart and Hepburn together on screen. ‘Nuff said.
Happy Veterans Day.