Friday, September 26, 2008

New trailer for Valkyrie

@ Yahoo! Movies. (via AICN)

official website

Will it be as good as Downfall for those who like looking at costumes (or Germany military uniforms)? But what of the story and the acting? I still think that the movie will not satisfy Catholics who wish to see von Stauffenberg's faith shown as being central to his life, or his motivation. And I don't think the movie will capture the spirit of the German aristocracy.

A photo of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. German Resistance Memorial biography.

In Honor of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg by Jørn K. Baltzersen

The beginning of the movie puts one in the mood for another movie about the North Africa campaign--apparently Steven Pressfield's Killing Rommel is being turned into a movie.

Killing Rommel by Steve Pressfield

William Lind's latest, On War #275: Van Creveld Writes Another Big Book, is a review of Martin Creveld's latest book, The Culture of War.

Creveld’s second example is today’s German military, the Bundeswehr. Germany’s politicians have demanded the Bundeswehr be stripped of all German military traditions, not just those of the Nazi period. Creveld notes that

At first, only the years 1933-1945 were exorcised. From 1968 on, however, there was a growing tendency to extend the shadows until they covered previous periods. Not only the Panzer leader Heinz Guderian, not only the desert fox Erwin Rommel, but Hans von Seekt, Paul von Hindenburg, Erich Ludendorff, Alfred von Schieffen, and Helmut von Moltke disappeared. From heroes who had served their country, they were turned into “militarist,” “reactionary,” and “imperialist” villains; in today’s casernes, it is in vain that one looks for their names or their portraits…

In comparison with similar institutions in other countries, German military academies, staff colleges, and other educational institutions have an empty, bare, functional, and soulless appearance. The relics of the “wars of liberation” apart, almost the only items on display pertain to the Bundeswehr’s own history. However, since the Bundeswehr has never gone to war, the ability of those items to excite and inspire is limited…

Given the terrible historical background, all this is perfectly understandable. On the other hand, it is indisputable that an armed force, if its members are to fight and die for their country, must have a culture of war…

One does not have to be a “militarist” or a right-wing extremist to note the peculiar smell that prevails throughout the Bundeswehr. That smell is made up of impersonal bureaucratic procedures, political correctness, and the obsequiousness that results when people worry lest speaking up will lead to bad consequences.

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