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Why Otto Dix depicted the horrors of the First World War with 'robot' soldiers

The paintings of Otto Dix are an imperishable reminder that the best possible bulwark against becoming "machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts' – in Chaplin's phrase – is in not thinking like a machine. 

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Otto Dix, Assault Troops Advance under Gas (Sturmtruppe geht unter Gas vor). 1924. Tate Liverpool.

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