'WWI in Color'- movie reflection
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Camilla Mauritzen Mr. Proskurnicki History IB 1K 08.10.08 World War One- Movie Reflection World War One. I've never really thought about it, never thought how hard it must've been to be a soldier at that time, never actually thought about how many people died in honor of their country. The movie pretty much opened my eyes to what was behind it all. Millions of men and women died, 10 million I think was said in the movie, and 20 million were wounded. That's just shocking. When you think about how nowadays a killing is considered 'normal' and that it would probably reach the front pages, news broadcasts and maybe a few people would walk around protesting against 'assassins', it's kind of insane to realize that one assassination (yes, maybe he was the crown prince, but still) at the time could trigger a war.
The government put up posters all over the place with a person pointing at you and saying 'We want YOU'. Next to the picture was written something like 'All men aged 19 to 38 should join the army to fight for your country against the enemy'. At nineteen you're still a teenager, still a kid, and I know that people join the army at eighteen-ish today, but it's not really like they go and fight in fierce battles after only a couple months training. And not to mention the conditions in which the soldiers live in when on the battle field. The trenches are absolutely revolting, rats everywhere, mud, deep puddles from the rain... Makes me sick just to think of it. And on top of that the soldiers slept in their uniforms, resulting in lice from their inability to change clothes.
The biggest novelty I think was the invention of aeroplanes. When they were first put in use, they were called 'spotters' because they were used to observe any enemy movement. Eventually, when it was thought reasonable to have them changed, the planes were developed so they could fire machine guns through the propeller. However, soldiers were put in aeroplanes without even knowing how to use them, so many of them crashed when trying to land. Overall, I think that the movie was a real eye- and mind-opener to everything regarding World War One. WWI changed the course of history, and so many lives were sacrificed in doing so. Life must've been tough at that time, and I have a lot of respect for the survivors, because it definitely takes gut to go to war, especially war like that. And one thing's for sure; I'm never going to use the expression 'to go over the top' like I used to, because now I understand what it really means, that it has a much deeper meaning.
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