Getting a Bit Personal

Since Dr. Scanlon has shown us the trailer for They Shall Not Grow Old, I cannot get enough of it. When this came out in the UK, it was shown in every secondary school in the country. I keep telling myself to not cry at the trailer, but it gets me every single time. Currently, my dad is watching other WWI documentaries. I have got him hooked, too!

When I was in 3rd grade, my dad spent 3 years in Iraq. Throughout this class, I have always been curious to ask my dad if he had any of the same experiences or close to any that we had seen in our reading (like the hard adjustment period, not being able to un-see certain things, etc.). After watching the trailer to the documentary with my mom, I went on to keep talking about all the hardships and for some odd reason I kept emphasizing the adjustment for soldiers coming home after war. When I brought this up, my mom started to get teary. She kinda gave me a look that explained she knew exactly what I was talking about. I think that was my confirmation to show me that even military men who come home today face the same challenges, just with more help available.  SOOOOO HEARTBREAKING!!!!!!

Can anyone else relate with parents in the military?

Millie’s review of Testament of Youth

Testament of Youth revolves around a girl named Vera and how are life was completely changed by the war. The movie starts of with her, her brother (Edward), and Edward’s friend Victor. Edward and Vera are best friends, as they do everything together. Edward wishes that Vera would date his friend Victor and she does not seem as interested as he does. One day, Victor’s brother, Roland, shows up to the Britain’s household and Roland and Vera instantly fall in love. Roland was the only man who seemed to support Vera’s dream of attending college and becoming a writer, which made her love him even more. They then planned to attend Oxford together after she was accepted. Then, the war began and both Edward and Roland were eager to volunteer for the military to finally have a chance to “be a man”. In the meantime, Vera could not live with herself sitting around doing nothing for the war so she took leave from school and volunteered to be a nurse so she could “do her part”. When Roland comes home for leave, he is cold and a new guy. Vera embraces him and he breaks down to explain to her that he cannot get soft while home. After, he asks her to marry him when he is on leave next. On the wedding day, Vera receives a call from his mother that he was dead. Continuing to nurse, she then finds Victor blind in a hospital bed. Knowing that she lost Roland, she asks him to marry her but he denies. He then dies the next day. Shaken from his death, she decides to ship out to France to be a nurse at the front to be closer to Edward. There, she helps German soldiers. While there, she also finds an almost dead Edward. She was terrified and heartbroken at the thought of losing both her brother, Victor, and her fiancé. She takes him from the pile of bodies and nurses him till he is well enough to ship to Italy. He assures he will be safe and she trusts his word. She then returns home due to a letter from her father requesting she does so. While cleaning and doing chores, a boy in uniform comes to deliver the telegraph that Edward had died. The war ends shortly after, but she is never the same. She never leaves bed, can’t focus on school, and is physically drained. Another girl who also worked during the war talks to her and tries to get her well again. While walking, she encounters a rally of people planning revenge for Germany for killing their men. Vera becomes furious and rises and explains that they are men jus like our men. Their families are mourning them the same way and that they suffered the same way. She finished by saying war is not the answer because no one should have to suffer what anyone had to during this war. The movie then ended by her starting to live her life back to normal.

This movie had many similar ideas that we saw in the books we read. One being from Not so Quiet with the repetition of “Do your bit”. In the movie, Vera just kept repeating that nothing else mattered in the world right now because they needed to “do their part”. This part was repeated by men and women all throughout the movie. Another similarity I saw with this book was that Vera was an upper class woman doing dirty war work just like Nellie. Nellie and Vera also lost everyone who truly mattered to them in the war.

This movie came to show how society had no idea what the reality was of war. The things we read for class that talked about how men were not even human was perfectly displayed in this movie. When Roland came home for the first time he was cold, and mean seeming to people who were home like Vera. He then had a break down, like Paul from All Quiet.

I have not cried this hard at a movie in a long time. I can’t even begin to describe how eye opening this movie was. If you have never seen it, you NEED to watch it. It is based on true experiences from a nurse in the war. Before this class I knew war was awful, but after reading what we have read and seeing this movie, it makes me tear up at just the thought, absolutely heartbreaking.

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This is us vs our class

Does anyone else watch the show This is Us?? So on the most recent episode it is flashing back to Jack’s memories in Vietnam. In the poem we read today, the men were talking about football when death casually came across them. In this episode Jack and another man were talking about the Giants when the other guy’s leg got blown up by a mine. He then continued to weep in Jack’s arms saying that he was tired of pretending he was not scared. This scene then started to remind me when Kat died in All Quiet. I won’t go on to say anymore about the episode just in case you haven’t watched it! The similarities one could pull was amazing!

P.S. If you don’t watch this show you REALLY need to

I fell into the trap…

Hey all! So today in class we really started to talk about shell shock. Dr. Scanlon did mention some videos to look up that would show the effect is truly had on people.


I was very intrigued and decided to jump in and look some up. I am currently writing this blog in tears because I cannot even begin to imagine being in the shoes of one of these soldiers. To think that this was very common makes me sick to my stomach. This is the perfect example to show that the war truly did ruin many people.

So if you get bored or just need a good cry, I highly recommend looking up these videos. It has put a complete new meaning to shell shock for me.