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#352904 12/12/2021 01:33 AM
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Well as it gets colder and darker my way! I turn to my movies!

Since I have more than enough!!!!! laugh

I just turned on Tora,Tora,Tora being Pearl Harbor was just here!


Being a collector and fan of history! Watching the war movies of all periods
is relaxing!

I like to be entertained but also puts me in the mood!

Hope many of you enjoy a good movie!


Feel free to tell us what you are watching or plan to watch!



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I have been on a roll with youtube documentaries about some facets of war that I have never explored up until now, namely, the Napoleonic campaigns and Alexander the Great.
Sure, everyone knows their names but not many can go into much detail of precisely why people still know their names after centuries have past, and there is a very good reason for this. Their campaigns were just jaw dropping in scale, duration, intensity and geography. Napoleon conquered damn near all of what now is Europe, and well into Russia. His allies of one year were enemies of the next [with the constant of England always being an enemy because the British couldn't stand up to him on land, and he could not match the British on the sea] As in WW1 & 2, the channel pretty much saved their asses from a nasty invasion., and the RN ensured this was so.
Never knew that Russia really invaded France first, never knew he actually made it to Moscow but found it barren and destroyed ,,, And thereupon embarked on his well known and disastrous retreat.
Never knew the details of Waterloo, which was his attempted comeback after months in exile after his 1st defeat - Just so many battles and details over the course of a full decade, very very brutal fighting with upwards of 1,000,000+ dead, and all of that well before the era of modern weaponry.

Alexander, hard to know where to even start, I suppose years can be devoted by historians studying his mind boggling decade long campaign and nearly innumerable battles, which stretched from eastern Europe to the mid east all the way into what is now Afghanistan/Pakistan and then into India, where he was forced by near mutiny by an exhausted army to trek back west only to die barely into his 30's of a mystery illness. Loved and hated, revered and reviled, hailed and cursed as a devil, deity and military genius, the resting place of his bones will never be known.

Crusades also very interesting and sobering, started getting into that but I feel as though I am trying to absorb too much too soon.

I like a good movie but to me, this stuff is far better than any movie could possible be. This outfit is one of the best among many top notch military history sources https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvPXiKxH-eH9xq-80vpgmKQ

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You are right on the youtube videos! So much to see! Just type in something and bam!

All you could want on any topic! Then more stuff shows up as you click on something!

You are watching and unlocking so many interesting topics!

I find my self typing anything I wish to see on a given topic!

I change up any enjoy so many topics!


It's amazing all the area's folks can look into! Its fun!


Babe Ruth one day,ww1 another,cival war battles,leaders etc!


A treasure trove of history at your finger tips!



I wonder how many do this!


Military history,hobby videos,


Anyone else diving into all the info waiting on topics you are interested in?


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I love old movies, they always show good ones at this time of year. I like new movies too but there's so few that are even worth the 2 hours to sit through them. The Youtube vids on historical topics are terrific too, I listen/watch them when doing chores and it's quite rewarding to multitask!


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Billy,

Yesterday I watched The Dirty Dozen. Tomorrow ... Quigley Down Under*

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we owe a lot to Napoleon's bad luck on the battlefields.. He' the one that sold us the Louisiana purchase deal.!

I'm a big fan of Blade Runner. Last night they showed Blade Runner 2049,,,pretty good.. Saw Dunkirk also,,kind of bad...

Dirty Dozen always good to see,,,Devils Brigade too!

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Some good ones listed. Also Where Eagles Dare, Cross of Iron, the Big Red One, To Hell and Back.


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Dave,

Saw Dirty Dozen a few weeks ago, I'm good for 2-3 times a year typically. Can't say I've seen Cross of Iron but I have to find it.


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Don't forget "Battle of the Bulge" and "Patton" wink


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I'm a bit jaded on most of the 60's-70's war movies like Eagles Dare because its too much like actually watching fiction, though granted they are not based off true stories.
Clint single handedly mowing down entire platoons of Nazis in secession was great to see as a teen, not so much now ... And when the pretty blonde starts mowing them down as well, I start to wonder why I am wasting my time watching this. Also the obligatory and highly corny love interests they always had to throw in, really can't take it anymore. In fairness, Eagles is extremely plot heavy with many twists and turns that you really have to pay attention to, now that I liked.

Dirty Dozen was Ok, probably been well more than a decade since I have seen it so I am due. The entire premise is feasible at least, as was the execution.

I liked Kellys Heros, which was an irreverent movie and made no pretext of being taken very seriously. Guns of Navarone was Ok as well.

I'd say my 2 favorites from that era, much more to my style and liking than the ego driven comic book style most of them were, is The Blue Max [granted, had a strong love interest throughout, but was actually intriguing and central to the entire movie] and ,,, Don't even remember the name but it starred Frank Sinatra of all people, trapped on an island with Japanese during WW2, started off trying to kill eachother, learned to get along and even become friends, and ended up, yep, trying to kill eachother.

Honorable mention to Hell in the Pacific, very unique in that the entire film had a cast of 2 - One of them was Lee Marvin so you know it gets pretty gritty ,,, Definetly no love interests in that one.

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Originally Posted by Gaspare
we owe a lot to Napoleon's bad luck on the battlefields.. He' the one that sold us the Louisiana purchase deal.!

True, but I think he realized that, if he didn't sell it, it would be forcibly taken - Both France and England realized that their days as overlord of the American continent were numbered, and they proceeded to concentrate on destroying each other.


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Cross of Iron was a good one!

Blue Max? Few times a yr for sure!

Missiles of October, Eickhmann,Into the Storm,Darkest Hour,The Gathering Storm Albert Finney as Winston!

I enjoy all kinds of movies!

Das Boot 1982.Apocalypse Now 1979 Marlom Brando

Full Metal Jacket 1987 R.Lee Ermey who was at a SOS show and I talked too on a smoke break!


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