I just recently saw a few snippets of the film All Quiet on the Western Front.
For those of you who don't know, that is a film that depicts the first world war from the German perspective. No, not the Nazis.
The film shows a frighteningly accurate depiction of trench-warfare, and the cruelty that we inflicted upon each other. Let's put it this way.
First, the French would shell the German trenches from the French trenches. Next, they would rush across no-man's-land to attempt to infiltrate the German trench. They were usually shot by the time they got near the trench, mainly by the rifles or machine guns. But those that entered the trench would be met by death as well. The Germans found that the bayonets on their rifles were unweildy in the trenches and quite useless, so they sharpened their shovels and split the enemy's head open.
Now, when the French retreat, the Germans launch a counter attack and rush the other trench while the French are running towards it, killing as many of the retreating French as possible. When the French return to their machine gun posts, however, the Germans must run away or die.
Ah yes. How could I forget? The mustard gas. The Germans introduced this vile weapon, I believe, but it was soon adopted by the other nations. The yellow gas was fatal if inhaled. If not fatal, then certainly you would wish it were as you cough up the remains of your burnt lungs.
More to come, sweethearts.