War

55 Days: The Fall of Saigon (2010)


I remember my mom crying when we were watching the helicopters take the last of the diplomats out of the embassy. Under the terms of the accords, all American combat troops were withdrawn by 29 March 1973. Limited fighting continued, before North Vietnam captured the province of Phuoc Long in December 1974 and started a full-scale offensive, culminating in the Fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

Army of Shadows (1969)


Philippe Gerbier is a combat engineer in WII with the French resistance. He is caught by the Germans and ends up in a concentration camp from which he escapes to find and get the traitor who betrayed him executed.

Attack Force Nam (1986)


Behind Enemy Lines is a 1986 American action film directed by Gideon Amir and starring David Carradine. It is set in the context of the Vietnam War POW/MIA issue where Colonel Cooper, an Airborne commando is sent to Vietnam to free American soldiers, caught in a Vietnamese prisoner of war camp. The film is also known as Attack Force ‘Nam and P.O.W. the Escape.

Beachhead to Berlin (1945)


Beachhead to Berlin is a 1945 film about the D-day landings shot by Coast Guard photographers. It centers on the activities of the Coast Guard on D-day and has some really good Technicolor footage of the invasion.

Black Brigade, The (1970)


A redneck officer (Stephen Boyd) is put in charge of a squad of all black troops charged with the mission of blowing up an important hydro dam in Nazi Germany.

Blood on the Sun (1945)


James Cagney plays a reporter in Tokyo before WWII. As you could imagine, he has some trouble with the Japanese government.

British Intelligence (1940)


Carpetbagger Project, The (2011)


One of the best-kept secrets of World War II was The Carpetbagger Project. The American Army Eighth Air Force 801st/492ND Bomb Group, code name ‘Carpetbaggers.

Cast a Giant Shadow (1966)


This fact-based drama chronicles Israel’s heroic struggle for independence under the leadership of the country’s first general (Kirk Douglas). Angie Dickinson, Frank Sinatra, Yul Brynner and John Wayne co-star.

Dawn Express, The (1942)


Chemists working on a super gasoline for aircraft encounter a Nazi spy ring bent on theft and murder.

Day Called X, A (1958)


A Day Called ‘X’ was a dramatized CBS documentary set in Portland, Oregon in which the entire city is evacuated in anticipation of a nuclear air raid, after Soviet bombers had been detected by radar stations to the north; it details the activation of the city’s civil defense protocols and leads up to the moment before the attack (the ending is left intentionally unknown).

Duck and Cover (1954)


I remember films like this. Of course, being a little younger than this film, the scare was more hydrogen bombs. My grade school years were in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis. By that time, thermonuclear weapons made the idea of Duck and Cover kind of silly.

Farewell to Arms, A (1932)


Set in Europe during World War I, the plot focuses on the tragic romance between Frederick Henry (Gary Cooper), an American ambulance driver serving in the Italian Army, and English Red Cross nurse Catherine Barkley (Helen Hayes).

Green Glove, The (1950)


Glenn Ford stars as an American paratrooper GI who travels to France after the end of WWII to try and recover a jewel encrusted glove that had been stolen from a country church during the war. His quest leads him to a beautiful young tour guide (Geraldine Brooks), and a Nazi collaborator (George Macready) whom he had fought during the war. The movie was shot mostly on location in France and Monaco.

I Like Ike


I wasn’t born when Ike made this speech, but we should sure be listening.

You should be rather afraid of this 63 years later. Here’s the whole thing.

Jet Pilot (1957)


Another infamous flop from the creative team of producer Howard Hughes and actor John Wayne, who had also teamed on THE CONQUEROR (also available on Google Video). This film actually went into production in 1949, but wasnt finished and ready for an official release until 1957 (the year after the release of the Genghis Khan film). Directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Co-starring Janet Leigh. Great fun for bad movie buffs!

Lady from Chunking, The (1942)


After the Japanese invade China in WW 2, a young woman (Anna May Wong) leads a band of partisans against the occupying troops.

Last Voyage of the Lusitania (2008)


Long Voyage Home, The (1940)


Working from quartet of Eugene O’Neill plays, John Ford created a hauntingly dark dramatic universe, populated with his usual stock company of players augmented by John Wayne in the role of the naïve Swedish sailor Olsen.

Man Who Saved the World, The (2011)


The order of the day was mutually assured destruction. I was 5 months old. The US Navy was adept at detecting Soviet submarines. Little did we know, his submarine had a nuclear torpedo. It was a hydrogen bomb. It had 80% odds of working. The Navy dropped some practice depth charges on it. They were just inviting it to surface. His Captain and his KGB political officer were ready for Armageddon and thought it it started.

Marie Galante (1934)


Marie Galante is a pretty French girl with a job delivering telegrams when she gets accidentally abducted by a drunk sea captain and ends up in South America. She’s trying to get home, but she runs into some really shady characters including some spies that want to sink the US fleet while it’s in the Panama canal.

Matter of Life and Death, A (1946)


If you haven’t, you should watch A Matter of Life and Death. It was released in the US under the title of Stairway to Heaven. It’s a charming story about a pilot who dies after being shot down in a plane and whether love can save him. It’s got David Niven and a very cute Kim Hunter. This is a charming story. One interesting thing is that like the Wizard of Oz, it’s shot in color and black and white, but the scenes on Earth are in color and heaven is in black and white.

Memorial Day (2011)


Nazis and Blondes (2008)


What was the role of the Baltic film actors in creating the figure of the enemy in the Soviet time cinema? Many generations of Soviet people were raised in the spirit of Soviet war films. It is a fact that most Nazi villains in Soviet war movies were played by Baltic actors. This film follows the development of the enemy’s figure in the Soviet film and in the role of Baltic actors in creating it.

Nova – Battle of the X Planes (2002)


From 1996 to 2001, Boeing and Lockheed Martin produced rival designs and prototypes for the Joint Strike Fighter, a stealthy, affordable combat plane intended for the 21st century needs of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, and Marines. In “Battle of the X-Planes,” NOVA goes behind the scenes to show the world’s newest fighter taking shape, as Boeing and Lockheed Martin compete to win the largest contract in military history.

Prisoners of War Betrayed (2007)


The fate of prisoners of war and missing in action is one of the darkest chapters of the Cold War. Tens of thousands of American soldiers European survivors were sent to unknown destinations during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War

Project Kill (1976)


In the film, Nielsen plays John Trevor, a military agent who escapes from a secret government base where he had been the subject of various mind-control experiments. However, withdrawal from the mind-control drugs turn Trevor violent and dangerous, and now the military must find him before he can do any real damage.

Red Nightmare (1962)


Jack Webb hosts this anti-Soviet, anti-communist movie about a man who finds himself living in a Communist America.

Saints and Soldiers (2004)


A small group of soldiers who are trapped deep behind enemy lines following the infamous Malmedy massacre that took place during World War II’s Battle of the Bulge. The soldiers have vital enemy intelligence in their possession and decide to deliver it to the front lines, over 20 miles away.

Sante Fe Trail (1940)


Sante Fe Trail is a 1940 movie starring Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan and Olivia de Havilland. The movie details the conflicts that puts the north and south at odds prior to the civil war.

Sea Patrol (2007-2011)


This was recommended by a viewer and I liked it. This is an Australian made TV series about the adventures of the crew of the HMAS Hammerly, a Fremantle class patrol cutter. It’s never been shown on network television in the United States. Since we visited this show last time at Retrovision, Hulu has added Season 2.

Secrets of the Dead – Japanese Supersubmarine (2010)


Secrets of War – Brezhnev’s Kremlin


Before Leonid Brezhnev signed nuclear arms reduction agreements with the West, he led the Soviets into one conflict after another.

Secrets of War – Cold War: Khrushchev’s Regime


Although he tried to distance himself from Stalin’s ruthless regime, Khrushchev brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

Secrets of War – Cold War: Nixon’s Secrets


The story behind Richard Nixon’s resounding triumphs and crushing defeats.

Secrets of War – Cold War: The Kennedy Years


This youngest of American presidents took over in the most tense period of the Cold War. The stories from within the White House, on the front lines of CIA operations in Cuba and in the espionage capital of Berlin.

Shadows Over Shanghai (1938)


Pilot Peter Roma carries a precious amulet, but is shot down over China by a Russian agent who also wants the amulet.

Submarine Base (1943)


Jim Taggert, a ships engineered is rescued from a torpedoed tramp steamer by Joe Morgan, a gangster who was running away from trouble at home. Jim finds out Morgan is in league with the Nazis and he’s been selling them weapons.

The World’s Biggest Bomb (2011)


Beginning in the 1950s, American and Soviet scientists embarked on a perilous race to see who could build and detonate the world’s largest bomb. The results exceeded all expectations about how big a bomb could be built.

To the Shores of Iwo Jima (1945)


67 years ago today, Marines took Surubachi and got the upper hand in the battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. This is a 1945 Technicolor film by the US government about the events of that day. Four of the cameramen that shot this film died, including Bill Genaust who shot the famous flag raising.

Train, The (1964)


Burt Lancaster plays resistance member Labishe, who in 1944 wants to stop Colonel von Waldheim from shipping rare French masterpieces to Germany.

Tunisian Victory (1944)


Tunisian Victory is an Anglo-American propaganda film about the victories in the North Africa Campaign.

We Dive at Dawn (1943)


The British submarine Sea Tiger docks after an unsuccessful patrol and the skipper (John Mills) and his crew are given a week’s leave. They each head off for their chosen destination. However, all arrangements are cancelled as a recall order is issued to return to the sub. Back at sea, the crew find out that the Sea Tiger is on a top secret mission to find and destroy Nazi Germany’s latest battleship, the Brandenburg.

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