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DVD Review – Battlefield Diaries, Season 1

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Like last week’s review, this is another war documentary series. Unlike that one, however, which was around 10 documentaries all on different WW1 subjects brought together in a DVD pack, this was a whole complete series based around the real men who were actually there fighting during the different wars. ANZAC day, which has just passed, always brings one’s thoughts to such things and with this being the second of three war DVD series I’d be reviewing in successive weeks, I thought this would be a good one to watch this week as it covered wars from WW2 through to the modern invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“BATTLEFIELD DIARIES relates the personal stories of war from the people who were closest to the action. Experience the fears, heartbreak, struggles and triumphs of ordinary people who underwent the most extraordinary test of the human spirit. From World War II to the Iraq War, rank-and-file soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen relay how it was to be part of these often famous battles, sharing their diaries, letters, photos and home movies in six unforgettable episodes that reveal a side of war not found in the history books.”

What I loved about this series was it had stories directly told to you by the people who were there fighting these battles. It didn’t cover the whole wars but specific battles and, because of this, you got to hear stories that may never have been told before and you got a much more personal feel for them instead of the sometimes impersonal view you get from some documentaries. There’s nothing quite like seeing an 80 year old man still choking up over memories from 60 years before. I’m 30 and there’s almost nothing I can think of that’s happened in my life that would choke me up, let alone 60 years after the fact. Just shows what war is like and what hell it can be on the people who fight in and live through them.

9 out of 10 from me. 

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