The Bloodiest Day

In the years leading up to World War I, French military thinkers had wavered back and forth over the best strategy and tactics to employ in the forthcoming struggle with Germany.  Most of them were not pushing for conflct, but there was a general feeling that war was inevitable. In 1870-71 France had lost a […]

Dropping the Atomic Bomb

From time to time scholars question President Harry Truman’s decision to use the atomic bomb in 1945. How easy it is to look backwards and see things so clearly.  There are those who maintain that Japan would have surrendered, without invasion and without the atomic bomb, prior to the end of 1945 — and probably […]

Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory was a powerful anti-war motion picture made in 1957.  It depicts the horrors of trench warfare in World War I, and it illustrates the dehumanizing effects of warfare.  The story describes the travails of members of a French battalion on the front line during the third year of the Great War.  The […]