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Krieg’s 15 Favorite British War Movies
This is a list of British war movies that I found interesting. They are mostly not in the literary film genre, but I like them in many cases because they touch on war in unlikely locales. A few are spy/military combos. It is not a "Best British War Films" list; it is an eccentric sampler of British war films that curious TLMers might explore.
A few (Dam Busters, Bridge Too Far, Zulu) are standbys that everybody knows. I tried, however, to avoid the Hollywood-esque UK films like Bridge over the River Kwai and Guns of Navarone. While technically British, they were produced as though they were American films.
- The Flag Lieutenant (cowardice, 1932)
- The Way Ahead(north Africa WW II, gritty other ranks perspective)
- Undercover (Yugoslav guerillas WWII)
- The Guns at Batasi
- The Battle of the River Plate (naval, WWII, South America)
- The Man Who Never Was (spy/war)
- Khartoum (Gen Gordon etc)
- The Planter's Wife (Malay emergency)
- The Cruel Sea
- Ice Cold in Alex
- A Bridge Too Far
- The Dam Busters
- Against the Wind (SOE ops in Belgium)
- The Battle of Britain
‘Kriegsakademie’ is the nom de guerre of a longstanding Anglo-American participant in The Best Defense and Long March discussion who has shaken more sand (and Laotian biting insects) out of his shorts that most of us have walked on. He looks forward to Kahiko’s additional thoughts on the subject of British war films.
She's photographed every major war of the last 20 years. Marine Corps boot camp was something else entirely
Conflict photographer Lynsey Addario's seen a hell of a lot of combat over the past twenty years. She patrolled Afghanistan's Helmand Province with the Marines, accompanied the Army on night raids in Baghdad, took artillery fire with rebel fighters in Libya and has taken photos in countless other wars and humanitarian disasters around the world.
Along the way, Addario captured images of plenty of women serving with pride in uniform, not only in the U.S. armed forces, but also on the battlefields of Syria, Colombia, South Sudan and Israel. Her photographs are the subject of a new article in the November 2019 special issue of National Geographic, "Women: A Century of Change," the magazine's first-ever edition written and photographed exclusively by women.
The photos showcase the wide range of goals and ideals for which these women took up arms. Addario's work includes captivating vignettes of a seasoned guerrilla fighter in the jungles of Colombia; a team of Israeli military police patrolling the streets of Jerusalem; and a unit of Kurdish women guarding ISIS refugees in Syria. Some fight to prove themselves, others seek to ignite social change in their home country, and others do it to liberate other women from the grip of ISIS.
Addario visited several active war zones for the piece, but she found herself shaken by something much closer to home: the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina.
Addario discussed her visit to boot camp and her other travels in an interview with Task & Purpose, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
An Army staff sergeant who "represents the very best of the 101st Airborne Division" has finally received a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Battle of the Bulge after a 75-year delay.
On Sunday, Staff Sgt. Edmund "Eddie" Sternot was posthumously awarded with a Silver Star for his heroics while leading a machine gun team in the Ardennes Forest. The award, along with Sternot's Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was presented to his only living relative, Sternot's first cousin, 80-year-old Delores Sternot.
U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.
The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.