It is incredible that the U.S. and Germany, in between two Great World Wars, would simultaneously produce two very similarly-themed films - this one, and "All Quiet on the Western Front" (1930). The sounds of war are eerily alike - relentless, disturbing, horrifying
"Westfront 1918" is less drama, and more documentary-style than its cousin. The war scenes are remarkable; but so is an interlude when Gustav Diessl (as Karl) goes on leave, expertly directed by G.W. Pabst. This part is slightly better than the Lew Ayres (as Paul) leave in "All Quiet on the Western Front"; and, it is more realistic. However, "Westfront 1918" is less memorable in its final "emotion grabbing" scene (and, overall). Still, it's an excellent film.
******** Westfront 1918 (1930) G.W. Pabst ~ Gustav Diessl, Fritz Kampers, Hans-Joachim Moebis