I have been interested in the Great War of 1914-1918 for a very long time. I think it was reading about war poets like Wilfred Owen that have always led me to read or watch anything to do with the war that they said would be over by Christmas.
Last night I flicked through the British Films on Netflix and found The War Below. I remember that I had read a short story by Alan Sillitoe (I think🤔?) many moons ago about some Nottinghamshire miners digging tunnels under no man's land and laying explosives under the occupied German trenches.
The miners in the film come from Yorkshire. It's been made for only 500000 Pounds.
It's a good film with some very good acting. It champions ordinary people like the miners who sweat and toiled and risked their lives for King and for Country. They listen to the hyperbole that their efforts will make a difference and end the war.
The film highlights social class. Thankfully not something I notice here in Ireland. Yes I have met ignorant people and people in work places that seem to think they are superior and they will walk past me without even acknowledging me. But that's life isn't it? I would talk to a scarecrow if it spoke to me.
It's a good film and shows how brave these men were. Here's a trailer for your perusal: