Life is cheap. That’s war.

WWI and WWII is something I’ve found fascinating my whole life. Nowadays with films on demand thanks to YouTube, Netflix, The Smithsonian et al, there’s an abundance of stuff to watch. Gone are the days where you’d have to wait all week for the next episode.

Watching the PBS series “American Experience: The Great War” about WWI is probably the best footage I’ve ever seen on that war. However, it’s the horror of how many died and the ways in which they died that is the big takeaway. A million dead at the Somme? That’s beyond comprehension. Gas attacks. Machine guns. Trench warfare. Soldiers mowed down as if they were nothing.

Smithsonian: America in Color episodes

Awhile back, I watched “America in Color: The 1920s” and now “America in Color: The 1930s” is showing on the Smithsonian channel. These are wonderful films with the colorization skillfully done. It’s fascinating to see the country and people as it once was and in reality, it wasn’t all that long ago. Like crops of wheat, all those people (well at least the adults shown) are long dead. Their work is what lives on, be it the Golden Gate Bridge or the Wizard of Oz.