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The new trailer for '1917' shows World War I like you've never seen before
It looks like World War I is finally getting the major motion picture treatment it deserves, and it's about damn time.
The new trailer for 1917 just dropped, and it's two minutes of chaos, fear, and confusion as we follow soldiers on the Western Front through trenches, underground tunnels, and across barren stretches of no-man's land — which is exactly what you expect from a drama about the first world war.
Directed by Sam Mendes (Jarhead, Skyfall, Spectre, Road to Perdition), the film takes place, not surprisingly, in 1917, and follows a pair of British soldiers played by George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, who are ordered to make their way through contested territory to deliver a message that could save 1,600 of their fellow soldiers from a deadly trap.
Should they fail, "it will be a massacre," Collin Firth in the role of a beleaguered British officer, says in the clip. In addition to stars like Firth, the cast includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong, and Richard Madden.
Given Mendes' ability to share a character's complex internal struggles — he somehow managed to make James Bond seem sympathetic in Skyfall, and with Jarhead, captured the moral complexity of what it's like to be an infantryman at war who never fired a shot in anger — we might get a film that renders a distant conflict like World War I relatable, and immediately recognizable.1917 is set to hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2019.
The U.S. military's withdrawal from northeast Syria is looking more like Dunkirk every day.
On Wednesday, the U.S. military had to call in an airstrike on one of its own ammunition dumps in northern Syria because the cargo trucks required to safely remove the ammo are needed elsewhere to support the withdrawal, Task & Purpose has learned.
Retired two-star Navy. Adm. Joe Sestak is the highest ranking — and perhaps, least known — veteran who is trying to clinch the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.
Sestak has decades of military experience, but he is not getting nearly as much media attention as fellow veterans Pete Buttigieg and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). Another veteran, Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) has dropped out of the race.
After preliminary fitness test scores leaked in September, many have voiced concerns about how women would fare in the new Army Combat Fitness Test.
The scores — which accounted for 11 of the 63 battalions that the ACFT was tested on last year — showed an overall failure rate of 84% for women, and a 70% pass rate for men.
But Army leaders aren't concerned about this in the slightest.
Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Three U.S. diplomats have been removed from a train and briefly questioned by Russian authorities in the sensitive Arctic shipyard city of Severodvinsk, near the site of a mysterious explosion in August that killed five nuclear workers.
Russia's Interfax news agency reported on October 16 that the diplomats were taken off the train that runs between Severodvinsk and Nyonoksa around 6 p.m. on October 14.
The U.S. Coast Guard had ordered the owner of an illegal 45-foot charter boat, named "Sea You Twerk," to stop operating.
He didn't, the Coast Guard said.
Now, Dallas Lad, 38, will serve 30 days in federal prison, a judge ruled Friday. When he is released, Ladd of Miami Beach, who pleaded guilty, will not be able to own or go on a boat for three years.