In the era of drones and satellites the watching the action that takes places thousands of miles away or attack target in a country without invading is no longer a problem. But the problem is that someone has to make the final decision and that is a problem as Colonel Katherine Powell realizes during the covert operation in Kenya.
In 2004 unit of Polish forces was sent to Karbala to guard the city hall and adjoining prison for 24 hours, which did not sounded like complicated task, especially since Bulgarian soldiers and 300 Iraqi policemen will be supporting them. But on arrival Captain Kalicki realizes that the situation in city hall is completely different and they will be facing some heavy opposition.
In 1951 the Korean War seemed to be almost over - the North Korea’s offensive that almost wiped out South Korean army took a nasty turn when United Nations have joined the conflict and in September 1950 American forces landed near Inchon. The attack on important logistics centre cut down the morale of North Korean soldiers and forced them to retreat. But when it seemed that North Korea is no longer a threat in December 1950 Communist China decided to step in and again change the balance of the conflict.
While 1960s were rather bad times for American cinema, stuck between disaster movies and musicals, war movies were doing just great, mostly due to Cold War tension and the World War 2 nostalgia. Ice Station Zebra is one of the shining examples of that theory - thriller set aboard the nuclear submarine travelling to North Pole area in secret mission.
In 1944 the war was in stalemate on the western front - the Allied offensive in Italy got stuck in the mountainous terrain, the strategic bombers were attacking the targets deep into enemy terrain, but for both sides it was obvious that the invasion on continental Europe is the next step. Germans built the Atlantic Wall from Norway to Spain, so there were plenty of spots where the attack could start. The most obviously was Calais, since it was the narrowest part of the English Channel, but British spent last year on different disinformation schemes.
Ian Fleming, later famous as creator of James Bond character and author of novel about Agent 007, during World War 2 took part in operation that was perhaps not as exciting as the adventures of the character he created, but still of equally great importance to the world. Fleming was organizing No. 30 Commando unit, later renamed into 30 Assault Unit, a commandos group that operated in Europe as part of British intelligence - from collecting pieces of information to capturing enemy bases at the end of the war. Age of Heroes tells the story of one of the operations of No. 30 Commando.
German occupation during World War 2 changed the Dutch society forever - some people just tried to survive the terror, some joined the resistance and tried to save the Jews from being sent to concentration camps, some joined the Nazi effort to clear the country of any Jewish people. This turned neighbours against each other, people simply stopped to trust each other since the only way to know who your friends is was to put your life in his hands. But there was another group of people, people like Dries Riphagen, who played by their own rules.
The problem with modern American war movies is that either they were made as adventure flicks that had very little to do with reality or they try too hard to be important, to be accurate, to be patriotic and tell the true story from war times. Flags of Our Fathers is unfortunately the shining example of trying too hard.
British war movies made during the World War 2 had rather unique approach to the conflict - while f.e. German such movies appealed to the patriotism, American were showing their brave soldiers doing the impossible things, the British productions were concentrating on the human aspect of the conflict - In Which We Serve, We Dive at Dawn or One of Our Aircraft is Missing were showing not how great the British army is, but rather on how the Britons or their allies are coping with the war. The Silver Fleet was no exception...
While World War 2 had clearly split countries on two camps - Axis and more or less rest of the world - in cinema it wasnâ€™t that clear, which is hardly surprising. After all not many people would like his own country being depicted as the bad guys, but rarely there were exceptions. The Burmese Harp deals with not World War 2 or heroism of the soldiers, but rather with what happens when the war ends.
War movies blog - the best war movies in history (or sometimes the worst). We search the war movies from around the world - not only classic American war movies or British war movies, but also those less known or just less interesting films from other countries. Each of them presents the different face of the war - some concetrate on soldiers and most important battles in history, but others present the suffering of the civilians and the trauma of the men involved in the fighting.
Story of the Zone
Wasteland - the final frontier... for logic