Netflix’s new movie, All Quiet on the Western Front, was adapted from Erich Remarque, a German veteran from World War I.

The book has been adapted before but this is the first time the movie was made with Deutschland speakers.

This movie reminded me of how important it is for us veterans to tell these stories because war is not glamorous at all.

War is burning shit pits in Afghanistan, it’s watching your friend bleed out and turn grey, and the haunting visions don’t go away.

It will be uncomfortable to watch for most and if anyone wants to see how political and military leadership can be led astray by a bad incentive system this film does a great job of that.

The movie follows a group of young German friends who upon graduating high school decide to all enlist in the Army to fight for their homeland. They soon realize the horrors of war as they are fed into the meat grinder.

I appreciated how the movie also showed how politicians and military leadership can be at odds, and how losing the war prepped the German psyche to go all in with Hitler in the 40s.  The punitive nature of the treaty of Versailles just about guaranteed that Germany would have to fight another war just to ensure its own national survival.

I also couldn’t help but draw comparisons to what led us into Iraq (again), and how we overstayed in Afghanistan by twenty years.