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.
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.
Jeremy Cuellar, left, and Kemia Hassel face life in prison if convicted of murdering Army Sgt. Tyrone Hassel III in Berrien County Dec. 31, 2018. (Courtesy of Berrien County Sheriff's Dept.)
BERRIEN COUNTY, MI -- The wife of an Army sergeant killed in December admitted that she planned his killing together with another man, communicating on Snapchat in an attempt to hide their communications, according to statements she made to police.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
A photo shared by Hoda Muthana on her now-closed @ZumarulJannaTwitter account. (Twitter/ZumarulJannah)
The State Department announced Wednesday that notorious ISIS bride Hoda Muthana, a U.S.-born woman who left Alabama to join ISIS but began begging to return to the U.S. after recently deserting the terror group, is not a U.S. citizen and will not be allowed to return home.