Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Britain, once a country enthusiastic for war, thought it had said "goodbye" to it at 11 o'clock in the morning on the 11th of November 1918

At 11 o'clock in the morning of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns fell silent on the 'Western Front'.

The greatest conflict in world history had ended in 'a stalemate'.

No 'Coalition' could win.

It had taken the politicians and the generals on all sides and an 'ocean of blood' to reach this conclusion.

These recruitment posters were produced after the initial 'enthusiasm' for young men to 'join up' an fight for their country had subsided :

These photos of the reality of the War were not shown at home :

Film Makers struggled with the War but, in 1930, just 12 years after the War ended, Lewis Milestone, made :


Here, the last scene with butterfly :

And here is the same scene in the 1979 'remake' :

Judge for yourself, which is the most poignant : 1930 or 1979 ?

We can't understand what it was like to be in the trenches and go over the top into
'No Mans Land', but for me this scene from 'Path's of Glory' gives a good idea :

P.S. Kirk Douglas, the French officer, is still alive at the age of 95.

From the same film and most poignant :

The film director, Richard Attenborough made 'Oh What a Lovely War' in and around Brighton when I was a student there in 1969.

Here we have his trench scene :

In this scene, my student friend, W.P., got a job as an extra and is frozen in aspic at the age of 19 in 1968. He stands, with his then ginger hair, second to the left of the Churchman :

The 'Christmas truce' is based on a true incident along several miles of the front in 1914 :

P.S. One man in ten over the age of 45 died in The First World War.

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