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Old 11th May 2004, 22:16
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Best war film

So...not sure if this has been done before but which is your favourite war film?

Dambusters
Ice Cold in Alex
Colditz Story
Battle of the Bulge
Schindlers List
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Old 11th May 2004, 22:19
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Blimey, now you have started something !

Don your flak jacket and head for the nearest shelter. The anti-war mob are on the way for you !
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The Great Escape. Every time I see it I end up with the tune in my head for days!
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None of the above:

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Old 11th May 2004, 22:27
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Memphis Belle,

Not for the tacky film, but for the thoughts and respect that it provokes.
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Old 11th May 2004, 22:34
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but for the thoughts and respect that it provokes

If memory still serves me right the film had scenes where the crew were actually fighting with one-another.

Whilst this may have been true of the USAAF, it was not for the RAF.

RAF crews were intensely loyal to one-another.

Several ex RAF aircrew I know were most upset at the impression that could have been gained that this was how it really was in the RAF.

I know you will say that it was different air forces but these days history is what is seen at the cinema.
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Platoon or Hamburger Hill.
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Old 11th May 2004, 22:47
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If memory still serves me right the film had scenes where the crew were actually fighting with one-another.
Quite right, but it had a lot of 'real' scenes of battle damaged aircraft falling out of the sky.

At the end of the day Bletchley, it was all for us, regardless of sides, scraps amongst crew and so on.

Nuff said on that ?
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Old 11th May 2004, 23:22
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You beat me to it.
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Old 11th May 2004, 23:26
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Cross of Iron
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Das Boot
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can't think of any more, not sure Shindlers List can be classed as a war movie, more a wartime movie, hell of a movie though and very Harrowing.
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Old 11th May 2004, 23:49
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Bletchley:
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If memory still serves me right the film had scenes where the crew were actually fighting with one-another.

Whilst this may have been true of the USAAF, it was not for the RAF.
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But perhaps it was.

I read not long ago a revisionist story of one eminent RAF pilot, later killed. It was thought that he did not know how to switch from one tank to another in a type unfamiliar to him, and that just before the crash he was exchanging blows with another member of the aircrew.

Since I cannot recall the exact title of the book, I shall leave it at that. From WWI there were several, perhaps many, stories of British officers on the Western Front dying from a well-aimed .303 round from a Lee-Enfield, from behind.

Some time after the war an RAF officer told me in the bar in the Mess that he was flying No 2 in FGA strafing operations in Europe. His section leader had no DFC and dearly wanted one before it was too late. He pressed his attacks beyond reason, and the wing-man collected the flak thrown up by angry Germans after the section leader had passed by. My man told him to cut it out, the war was all but over, and he wanted to survive. He did not cut it out. On the final sortie the No 1 did it once too often, and the wingman gave a little deflection, gave him a burst, and that solved the problem. Maybe he was just shooting a line, but he was in his cups and I believed him. I made very sure I forgot his name immediately.

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Old 12th May 2004, 00:08
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Wasn't there a TV series (Masterpiece Theatre in the US) a few years ago about flying Spitfires in France that caused a lot of comment because it characterised the pilots as being absolute bastards to each other? A little like school bullying taken much too far. There was a scene where someone took a spit low and fast down a canal I think.

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Oh yeah, Dirty Dozen, and To hell and back, true story of Audie Murphy
Used to be a fan of Escape to victory, with Sylvester Stallone and Pele, but I was only a whipper snapper back then!
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Paths of Glory and the original All Quiet on the Western Front.

After those two there's no more to be said about the futility of it all.
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