Considering I was this nearly 30 years ago...I recommend watching the special features first for a better understanding of this gigantic disastrous blunder when powers still thought wars were fought like the battle of Waterloo or the American CW. I find it sad that young people continue to do the same thing as they did 100 years ago, get all 'het up' to join the fight with so little idea of what's involved. It's even sadder to know that so few people (especially in US) even know about wars history.
The portrayal of real people needs to be kept upper most when viewing this film. The beach scene - 3/4 of all those men would be dead within hours of arrival. Horrific slaughter.