Down In the Dirt!

Posted by on February 1, 2009

Well, hello again and gosh it’s been a busy year to start.  My quantity of postings have been down a bit here on the blog.  Not because I don’t want to post, but never enough time.  I’ve got a blog-busting number of things to post up here, so I appreciate your patience!

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Down In the Dirt!

While the early months of the war gave way to years, inertia, bad leadership and modern technology had by 1916-1917 turned the war into little more than a stalemated meat grinder.  Men would come in and never come back.  Disillusionment and perhaps a fatal sense of reality began to be the norm.  Trench warfare had become heir apparent to any real action on the parts of the armies.  Raiding parties and patrols at night marked the majority of movement and it was disheartening to say the least.

Below, we see a short documentary from the Canadian Film Board on life in the trenches. Through this film, we can get a short glimpse of what life must have been like. (Please note, this is not a shocking movie, but has some scenes inappropriate for children.)

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Next time, we’ll look at some of the technology that was rapidly changing the face of the war as well as take a look at an American division…up close!

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(2)National Film Board of Canada

One Response to Down In the Dirt!

  1. Rebecca

    Tony,

    Thanks for sharing that video. It was really interesting, although very short. I’m trying to find a good documentary about World War I. Any recommendations?

    Great blog! It looks like you cover a lot of different topics….