I thought computer games might be a good place to begin.
Recently there was a discussion on the email forum of the International Society for First World War Studies (ISFWWS) about the relative absence of First World War related computer games. The Second World War has always been fertile ground for computer game designers because deep down most people want to shoot Nazi soldiers in the face.
During the teaching for my course (Time and Place: 1916: The Somme) I gave my students a link to this computer game on the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/worldwarone/hq/trenchwarfare.shtml
It's clearly aimed at school children and, as such, shouldn't be viewed as 'deep history' but at the same time I (and after I brought it to their attention) the ISFWWS found it rather troubling.
The game presents a fairly cliched view of the war (hardly unusual, I blame A J P Taylor) but there are several subversive aspects to it that carry it beyond the traditional 'mud, blood and death' view of war in the trenches.
First of all the actual tactics you are able to employ don't properly match their real world equivalents. The notion of a 'creeping barrage' is well documented in historical terms but the order and implementation of the various aspects within the game often results in you losing the battle and all your men being killed. Even when it comes to employing sound defensive tactics (artillery, machine guns, infantry) the game seems to take a contrary view of such decisions and informs you that you have chosen unwisely. After encountering this response numerous times my eventual reaction was; 'No I bloody have not!'
Most concerning though is that the game cannot actually be 'won'. There are only 4 levels and the 4th (a reproduction apparently designed to mirror the Passchendaele offensive of 1917) is impossible to complete. After trying once the game informs you that to continue attacking in these circumstances would be tantamount to murder and that you should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself (or words to that effect).
How do we reconcile the idea that trench warfare could not be mastered and that, to attempt to, robs you of your humanity? Particularly considering the fact that the war in the trenches was, eventually, won by the Entente powers?
Whose history are we supposed to be teaching our children?