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11-08-2014, 07:51 PM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
(11-08-2014 04:26 PM)Minimalist Wrote:  
(11-08-2014 02:18 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  I was never into the whole WW2 thing, but Band of Brothers was awesome.

My grandfather was in Europe from d-day...very interesting for me, since he never discussed it.

My dad was like that too, he was in Italy. Would never talk about the fighting except in unguarded moments. He would talk about the conditions they lived under...like 2+ months straight in the mountains on the Gustav Line without hot food, or a change of clothes.

(11-08-2014 06:41 PM)Sam Wrote:  
(11-08-2014 04:26 PM)Minimalist Wrote:  My dad was like that too, he was in Italy. Would never talk about the fighting except in unguarded moments. He would talk about the conditions they lived under...like 2+ months straight in the mountains on the Gustav Line without hot food, or a change of clothes.

My dad's history teacher was like that, would only speak about the down time between fighting.

Like he always talked about being in Italy during the battle for the Monty Casino monastery... Standing guard by the road in pissing rain for 7 hours, while and endless stream of tanks and trucks carrying British and American troops came by, each one splashing him with filthy water, full of oil and diesel.

My great uncle was an artillery man in North Africa with the 8th Army.... Him and his mates used to find gerbils in the desert and race them.

After Operation Torch he was medically discharged, almost totally deaf from the guns.

Much of my grandpa's war record was lost (think there was a big fire or something in the 70s). We were able to peice together most after he passed away (he did keep discharge papers and other stuff from the war -- stripes, battle commendation and battle pin things (battle of buldge -- can't recall all them).

His regiment actually followed what they showed in band of brothers...

I was completely clueless until my husband pointed it out to me.

I've given most of the stuff to my oldest son (including the flag).

Ironically today was his birthday...I miss him a lot -- he was one of those truly nice guys that everyone loved. Fun and gregarious -- always at ease with people.


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11-08-2014, 08:58 PM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
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12-08-2014, 01:42 PM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
(11-08-2014 07:51 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  
(11-08-2014 04:26 PM)Minimalist Wrote:  My dad was like that too, he was in Italy. Would never talk about the fighting except in unguarded moments. He would talk about the conditions they lived under...like 2+ months straight in the mountains on the Gustav Line without hot food, or a change of clothes.

(11-08-2014 06:41 PM)Sam Wrote:  My dad's history teacher was like that, would only speak about the down time between fighting.

Like he always talked about being in Italy during the battle for the Monty Casino monastery... Standing guard by the road in pissing rain for 7 hours, while and endless stream of tanks and trucks carrying British and American troops came by, each one splashing him with filthy water, full of oil and diesel.

My great uncle was an artillery man in North Africa with the 8th Army.... Him and his mates used to find gerbils in the desert and race them.

After Operation Torch he was medically discharged, almost totally deaf from the guns.

Much of my grandpa's war record was lost (think there was a big fire or something in the 70s). We were able to peice together most after he passed away (he did keep discharge papers and other stuff from the war -- stripes, battle commendation and battle pin things (battle of buldge -- can't recall all them).

His regiment actually followed what they showed in band of brothers...

I was completely clueless until my husband pointed it out to me.

I've given most of the stuff to my oldest son (including the flag).

Ironically today was his birthday...I miss him a lot -- he was one of those truly nice guys that everyone loved. Fun and gregarious -- always at ease with people.

Was he with the 101st Airborne?

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12-08-2014, 02:30 PM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
(12-08-2014 01:42 PM)Sam Wrote:  
(11-08-2014 07:51 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  Much of my grandpa's war record was lost (think there was a big fire or something in the 70s). We were able to peice together most after he passed away (he did keep discharge papers and other stuff from the war -- stripes, battle commendation and battle pin things (battle of buldge -- can't recall all them).

His regiment actually followed what they showed in band of brothers...

I was completely clueless until my husband pointed it out to me.

I've given most of the stuff to my oldest son (including the flag).

Ironically today was his birthday...I miss him a lot -- he was one of those truly nice guys that everyone loved. Fun and gregarious -- always at ease with people.

Was he with the 101st Airborne?

No.. He was in an engineer unit that was huge. They got often sent ahead to build bridges or blow them up (most often it was build then blow up) -- according to the man who served with him. He recieved a purple heart before he got to Normandy -- for a serious accident that happened in England (some sort of huge explosion that killed a bunch of soldiers). Obviously his injury wasn't very serious...

Another thing he never spoke about.


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13-08-2014, 01:45 AM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
I loved 300. They got a few things wrong, but they justified every part of the movie. I remember Zack Snyder saying it was told form the perspective of a Spartan soldier who was purposely embellishing everything. Perfect.

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13-08-2014, 07:44 AM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
(12-08-2014 02:30 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  
(12-08-2014 01:42 PM)Sam Wrote:  Was he with the 101st Airborne?

No.. He was in an engineer unit that was huge. They got often sent ahead to build bridges or blow them up (most often it was build then blow up) -- according to the man who served with him. He recieved a purple heart before he got to Normandy -- for a serious accident that happened in England (some sort of huge explosion that killed a bunch of soldiers). Obviously his injury wasn't very serious...

Another thing he never spoke about.

I had a great uncle who was exactly the same. I think he was in a bridge building unit that worked on the Burma Road. He got blown up on one, and would never talk of it. My great granny was from Germany, and she loved the older war movies when the pilots and some others talked German .. and she would always translate, proudly, (my grandpa used to say, when he watched them when he was little with her). Then I think he worked on the Al-Can Highway in Alaska. Our house has been enlarged and re-constructed, but essentially the old dining room is still recognizable. My grandma's sisters used to tell of the day when my great grandma stood at the dining room windows, and watched her 5 sons leave for the war, tears streaming down her face, assuming some of them would not be coming back. They were lucky. They all did come back.

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13-08-2014, 08:15 AM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
(13-08-2014 07:44 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  
(12-08-2014 02:30 PM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  No.. He was in an engineer unit that was huge. They got often sent ahead to build bridges or blow them up (most often it was build then blow up) -- according to the man who served with him. He recieved a purple heart before he got to Normandy -- for a serious accident that happened in England (some sort of huge explosion that killed a bunch of soldiers). Obviously his injury wasn't very serious...

Another thing he never spoke about.

I had a great uncle who was exactly the same. I think he was in a bridge building unit that worked on the Burma Road. He got blown up on one, and would never talk of it. My great granny was from Germany, and she loved the older war movies when the pilots and some others talked German .. and she would always translate, proudly, (my grandpa used to say, when he watched them when he was little with her). Then I think he worked on the Al-Can Highway in Alaska. Our house has been enlarged and re-constructed, but essentially the old dining room is still recognizable. My grandma's sisters used to tell of the day when my great grandma stood at the dining room windows, and watched her 5 sons leave for the war, tears streaming down her face, assuming some of them would not be coming back. They were lucky. They all did come back.

I've got a relative who was on the Burma Railway. He died of malaria I think...

It's shameful that the fighting in Burma tends to be forgotten. They fought in horrendous conditions.

In the UK they're known as the 'Forgotten Army'.

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13-08-2014, 09:49 PM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
Only movie that comes to mind right now is 300.


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14-08-2014, 08:52 AM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
Just a few:
Amadeus
Girl With The Pearl Earring
Cleopatra
The Pianist
Forrest Gump
Dances with Wolves
Elizabeth pt 1 and 2
Artemisia
300

I know there are others....

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15-08-2014, 08:47 PM
RE: Your Favorite History Based Movies
The Pianist
Schindler's List
The Other Boleyn Girl
Born on Fourth of July
Elephant Man
Blood Diamond (ongoing, but historic)

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