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What do you call a war drama where a real soldier plays himself and troops video their own invasion? Welcome to Generation Kill

It was WG Sebald who observed that Germans, in their art and literature, took a very long time to come to terms with the second world war. It took them almost 40 years to make Das Boot and 60 years to produce Downfall, neither of which tackled the big subject, the Holocaust. The Holocaust, of course, gave the conflict such moral probity that there has been little anti-war work from the Allied side (though Catch 22 tried). Nothing to rival The Good Soldier Schweik, All Quiet on the Western Front, Journey’s End, Mash or Apocalypse Now. You could argue, then,…

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