February 7th, 2016

War Writing Since 1914 - All Quiet on the Western Front

As part of the 'War Writing Since 1914' module, we have had to watch the 1930s version of All Quiet on the Western Front.  Boy, that was grim.  I am not a lover of movies in any case, especially westerns and war films (or anything with a gun and a hat). However, it touched me - mostly because they didn't over dramatise it and therefore it felt more authentic.  I also have a better appreciation as to my mother's set up.  She was a child during the second World War and lived near Redhill in Surrey.  It is the place where all the dogfights happened and she witnessed many scary things.  I didn't appreciate it when we were growing up and it is no suprising that she became a bit 'FUBAR'.

The casualties of war - not just on the killing fields, but on the playing fields of south east England too :-/