But no, not a WWI buff. I really don't know much about it at all. It's just so static and just torturous and horrific it doesn't hold much intrinsic appeal. All Quiet on the Western Front is like reading the diary of someone being boiled alive very slowly.
WWII by contrast has this sort of grand theater style that's far more charismatic, for lack of a better word. Nobody could wait to come home and make movies about the Battle of the Bulge or Midway whereas almost no one came back from Europe after WWI and wanted to turn it into popular entertainment. The original film version of All Quiet is a fantastic movie epic, way ahead of it's time, but it's the movie of a scarred adult whereas most WWII movies are like kids playing at war.