Oh, the 1940s, the glory days of military training videos: Back when PME's were produced with a Hollywood director's panache, and a cast of leading men were brought in to break down fourth walls with a devilish wink and a nod to the camera before dispensing some sage advice, like how to crack a tank.

While not every pearl of wisdom from retro military training videos withstands the test of time — see the Navy's 1967 video: How To Succeed With Brunettes — a recently resurfaced clip from a 1943 training video starring Burgess Meredith of Rocky fame seems to stand up in a few parts, but not all (more on that later.)

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U.S. Marine Crops photo by Cpl. Melanye Martinez

An elephant

Serving in the Indian military is an adventure, even if you end up working in the chow hall. Earlier this week, a video surfaced of an elephant wandering through the dining facility, much to the chagrin of the local troops.

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Imperial War Museums

They’re cheap to support, but even so, they’ll still have to justify their inexpensive, cheese-paring existence by training foreign forces, it appears. “This would lead to improvements in partner force proficiency, which would facilitate their employment with British mechanised and armoured battlegroups to clear ground,” avers the cheeky “Wavell Room.” Thanks, mates! Now to the side of the road, please.  No hitchhikers!

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Screenshot via Calgary Global News

Dressed in a suit adorned with military medals and awards, Ken Sturdy, a 97-year-old World War II veteran, sat in a crowded movie theater in Calgary, Alberta, on July 21 and watched Dunkirk — a war drama about a real-life battle he survived.

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Image via EA games.

It’s 1918, and a young British soldier named Arthur Morehouse is sprinting through the bombed-out remnants of a building in France. German rifle fire kicks up around him, and as he turns a corner, a gout of fire from a flamethrower consumes him. He’s 19. Cut to Hugh Steele who is manning a side gun in a British tank. When an artillery round lands a direct hit, he dies. He is 23.

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

On July 27, 2016, a Korean War hero was posthumously awarded for battlefield bravery. The Marine honored by British and American military personnel in London was a horse named Sgt. Reckless.

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