The Guns of August: Saturday Matinee

We are I suspect, going to talk a fair amount this year about the run up to, and the centennial of The Great War. Many of us are starting to see parallels in our societies today. Here if it goes well, we will have something to say starting on Monday. The documentary based on Barbara Tuchman’s The Guns of August, is a bit biased in my opinion but, it is not a bad overview to get us up to speed on the preliminaries as well as a superficial overview of the war (yes, the book is better, as always)

So, for this Saturday in January, here is the Guns of August

This above all others is the catastrophe that has haunted us for the last hundred years.

We need to learn the lessons of the great war before we end up creating a situation leading to another.


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6 Responses to The Guns of August: Saturday Matinee

  1. Many thanks, NEO, for the Guns of August video! I had not been aware that it existed. The book — battered, well-worn and taped together after years on our boat and now resting in relative comfort on the bookshelf in the small office cave where I write — is among my favorites.

    If you haven’t already done so, you might enjoy reading Barbara Tuchman’s Zimmerman Telegram, also excellent. It’s about a telegram sent by the German Foreign Minister to his ambassador in Mexico urging that Mexico join with Germany in war against the United States should the latter declare war on Germany. It was among the factors causing the United States to declare war on Germany.


    • NEO says:

      I have, quite a few years ago, a rereading wouldn’t be amiss. I too am very fond of the book, although the video at least, I think is a bit anti-German biased in the prewar maneuvering, it wasn’t quite that clear cut, but still a very good book.


  2. The airplanes always enchanted me for WW I. I have about 20 models in the corner shelf.


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