The current generation, for which I include myself, have a little knowledge and understanding to what happened during this period and indeed even first hand contact with family or family friends who lived and served. However, as our Veterans are getting older and fewer many of my generation and the younger generations can relate little to the attitudes of the period and the experiences of our grandparents or even great grandparents. Luckily for us we shouldn't have to experience their struggle, and can rely on the pages of a book, the frames of a film or for us Collectors, the look, touch and smell of our artefacts to encourage our understanding, which still will never give us a true acceptance of it.
It is perhaps then the contrasting attitudes adopted by each major combatant in the immediate post-war years well into the 1960s that has shaped our current attitudes towards these events. Attitudes which are clearly shown through the medium of cinema, reflecting also social and cultural changes.