The greatest generationPosted: August 6, 2014
Two images I wanted to post that came up re: Warren Bennis, yesterday. This top one, and this one:
Both these pictures I’m getting from here, they’re credited to the National Archives, and I’m prepared to take them at their word.
These pictures, combined with this article in the NYT about the upcoming Brad Pitt movie “Fury” made me think about how the dudes that won World War II weren’t all like, mature men who knew exactly the risks and stakes of what they were doing, and were therefore the greatest heroes anyone has ever conceived of. Most of them were children, doing what they were told, involved in an enterprise that was fucked up and disastrously executed in every way at every turn.
Don’t take my word for it, take the word of a guy who was there:
Or this guy, who was there on the other side:
Fussell (if I remember right) talks about how, once word of the concentration camps got out, and they realized what they’d been fighting, he wasn’t even sure that made it better, he says “it might’ve made it worse.”
(The point I took away from these books is that destroying any myth around them doesn’t make them less cool. It makes them cooler still)