Trenches were the main idea for the World War I - well hidden soldiers were suppose to be safe. But the dirt, mug, rats and artillery bombardment proved this theory wrong. Also at one point the soldiers would have to leave the trenches and attack the enemy... well hidden in their trenches.
Sergeant Stryker leads his Marines platoon with iron hand, for which his men frankly hate him, but during the battles he is a leader they need.
In 1914 the brand new war has started - young men in fancy uniforms marched down the streets, the crowds were cheering. But then came the reality - gas masks, trenches full of mud, corpses lying around the fields and the generals having a time of their lives while they were sacrificing lives of the others...
Young Italian student joins the army. His naive look on war soon fades away when he clashes with the brutal reality of the war.
Young Austrian Adolf Hitler turns his anger and humiliation from German capitulation during World War I into political power that will change the world.
Canadian sergeant diagnosed with shell shock has to rejoin active service to protect younger brother of the woman he loves.
During World War I British platoon discovers abandoned German trenches, but what awaits them there is far worst than enemy soldiers.
In the dawn of World War 2 Polish outpost called Westerplatte is preparing to hold German attack for few hours before they will be reinforced, but the commander of Westerplatte has no doubts that in case of war there will be no reinforcements.
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.