I've been watching "Band of Brothers" for the first time (actually, I just finished it). The 2nd World War is a great "war movie" war and a lousy "war song" war, because even at its bleakest it can still be cast as a clash between good and evil, and that's rousing in a movie and horrid and saccharine in a song. The 1st World War is the opposite - a lousy "war movie" war but a great "war song" war. There are a few great WW1 movies but there just aren't that many WW1 movies in general, because the war doesn't provide a rooting interest so you have to kind of make one up. But songs (and novels) - brutal, all-encompassing and so supremely unnecessary, WW1 serves the pathos up on a silver platter for writers.