Dear tplan, I can understand that not everyone is interested in WWI or WWII. It's gone, it is the past. My daughter asks me sometimes about some things, when she has looked at the WWI chests (they contained my dad's belongings) I allowed her to take from the cellar. Even in my twenthies I was to young to get an answer from an old dog of war. I said it before ... I would give a fortune to have one day (only one!) of conversation with my late dad about his adventures, his sorrows, his fallen comrades, his joys in Paris, his WWI-life when he was young. My beloved wife calls me an adventurer, I admit that I am somewhat like this but realize that she would have taken a great step backwards if ever she could have looked in my dad's eyes.
This is a collectors board, it interests me and I realize that the only thing I can offer to all of you is my interest in old German texts.
Big Commander, even of you had that day with your Dad, unless you have been to war yourself, it is unlikely he'd be enthusiastic about discussing the war, nor would you, probably, really understand the real issues if he did. There are things that happen that cannot really be explained or understood unless you've been there. And it is my opinion it is better if you manage to avoid that particular understanding if possible and can do so without dishonor. I know for sure I never really understood until I'd been in Southeast Asia for a while. And if i could forget that part of my life, I might or might not. be more comfortable if I could, i guess. But I'd also be be amputating a part of myself and i guess i wouldn't want to do that. Besides - it makes me more cautious about wanting to resort to armed force than might otherwise be the case, and that is a good thing I do believe...
And WWI, especially in the line, was MUCH worse than the war i had. Much worse, unbelievably worse.