Battle fatigue: will British cinema’s second world war obsession ever end?

Battle fatigue: will British cinema’s second world war obsession ever end?
Two more war film are about to hit our screens, and while we can’t seem to wean ourselves off them, the best capture a complex reality

Are you British and reading this piece at the age of 94? If so, as you will know, you may actually have fought in the second world war. Widen the metric to anyone born by the end of the conflict, and the demographic swells: 76 and up. Even so, the greater part of the country could only know the era through parents, grandparents or grandparents’ parents. Yet January has still begun with two new depictions of wartime Blighty. Such is British film. Whatever year the calendar says it is, the nation’s cinema is always here to put an arm a little too tightly around your shoulder and pull you into a fusty back room to look at its Airfix Lancaster Bombers.

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