Does anyone remember that movie Glory? It starred Mathew Broderick and Denzel Washington and was about the first regiment of black troops to fight in the Civil War.
The dramatic final scene of the movie had all the members of the group running to their certain deaths as they stormed a huge Confederate fort. They were supposed to be the first wave and would be followed by wave after wave of soldiers behind them. So their death was almost guaranteed.
I saw that movie at kind of a young age and that scene made a powerful impression on we. I thought it was an incredible symbol of how silly war can be. They tossed their lives away as if they were nothing so they could have a moment of the overrated feeling of glory. Tactics like the human wave attack illustrate how little regard we have for human life sometimes, both our own and others.