Review - Wooden Crosses
When I prepared my American Hiistory classes for their writing assignment where they pretended to be a soldier to write a letter from the trenches, this is one of the clips I would show to help them with the paragraph where they described an attack. The others were the back and forth attack in "All Quiet", the over the top scene in "Lost Battalion", and the attack scene in "Sergeant York". Here is "Lost Battalion".The attack on the "Ant Hill", from Paths of Glory:
The American army came to the Western Front with the attitude that it would succeed where others had failed because we were Americans, damn it. Pershing cared little about learning from the mistakes made by both sides. The movie is accurate in depicting the frontal tactics that had proved to be disastrous for both sides, but which fit American doctrine. Ironically, these pig-headed tactics may have hastened the end of the war because the Germans were depressed when they realized they were now facing a fresh army of physically imposing young men who went into no man's land enthusiastically and did not mind taking casualties.I realize they weren't as experienced as the French or British, but I find those First-Day-on-the-Somme style attacks not terribly believable for 1918.
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