The subject of the US Civil War is somehow lost on our European friends. The loses were brutal and the scars exist to this day. Pretty much every town or City east of the Mississippi River has a Civil War monument. Debates over Confederate monuments cause civil unrest and protests. Did you not see the Confederate flags flying at the US Capital on Jan 6th?
IMO a lot of Russian look at this conflict as their Civil War to reunite the Union - the USSR
Long gone from living memory though hasn’t it?
Almost the first modern industrial war though that really came to pass with WW1, hence how that became such a bloody slugging match due to the new technology not keeping up with tactics.
The German myth of being not beaten but being ‘stabbed in the back” only lasted from 1918 to 1945, even this century you see the same in certain parts of the US, the Swastika was banned in Germany after WW2, not the US version though. Statues of traitor commanders were being put up as late as the 1960’s, funnily enough around the time the US at last was becoming a representive democracy not based on race (and one party is working hard, for years now, to reverse that), major bases still named after them.
I agree that civil wars are the worst, the US one however predated recognisable modern artillery, recognisable automatic weapons, air power.
Luckily the US has never had the last inflicted on it, (a military base in a then colony half way across the Pacific however historically significant is not the same as large scale bombing of cities for extended periods).
The reason Ukraine has such resonance in Europe, which has made in German defence and foreign policy doing what everyone thought politically impossible two months ago, smears saying “they are not really doing anything” are not only disproved by actual footage from Ukraine, though such a huge u-turn will involve inevitably a lot of gear grinding, what with the long established restrictions on military supplies involving multiple government agencies.
Not all European nations experienced war on their land then, even the ‘lucky’ ones that only had large scale bombing are still marked by it, my Mother remembers seeing V-1 Cruise Missiles overhead dreading the engine cut out, then just hearing the aftermath of a V-2 ballistic missile, or as it’s makers called it the A-4.
The under development A-9 would have, had it been used, been as military useless and as resource hungry as it’s smaller cousin, however had it happened you can bet Von Braun would never have got US citizenship, he instead would have had his SS rank used against him and he’d have ended up in Nuremberg too.