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Old February 17th, 2017, 02:20 PM
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I'm going to offer one that isn't SPMBT oriented, but was a memorable movie from my youth. This is the British movie "The Yangtze Incident", shown in the United States titled "Battle Hell".

This is a Royal Navy movie, but details the escape of the HMS Amethyst from Communist Chinese forces on the Yangtze River in 1949. The battle sequences are fantastic and I always thought the drama of the event was riveting.

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find it in a USA format in the years intervening but if you can find it (I know it was on TCM some years ago), it's well worth the time to watch.

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Hyena Road (2015) - Canadian sniper unit in Afghanistan - great film with authentic kit.
I tried to watch that. I wanted to like it but just thought it was boring. I did like the authentic kit and parts of it was actually filmed in Afghanistan.
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I found these films interesting. But, let me say, they are not like the John Wayne, rah rah war movies of yesterday, these films are raw, and at times unnerving.

Restrapo, had me asking about hesco barriers so that I could put together a scenario.


Then the follow-up film Korengal.

These films depict fighting in the Korengal valley in Afghanistan:


A third one, is Battle for Haditha


And, finally, The Hurt Locker


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There are a lot of issues with 'The Hurt Locker' in terms of accuracy...
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Old February 20th, 2017, 12:36 AM
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There are a lot of issues with 'The Hurt Locker' in terms of accuracy...
Not withstanding questions of accuracy, it remains a good story, not much different, although I suspect in some matters of truthfulness or falsehood, a hudge difference than the "شيطان رامري" (the Devil of Ramadi) non-story in the otherwise engaging "American Sniper" film.


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Blessed_by_Fire is an interesting Argentinian film about the Falklands War, depicting events from the Argie side. The harsh discipline, the poor living conditions and the uncertainty and tension of the warfare in the Falklands are depicted in this film. I think you can find it in youtube (with subtitles), I've watched it there 5-6 years ago.
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Three movies I watched in my youth that might fit in the good, but less well known, category:

Tumbledown (1988) - Falklands
The Bridges at Toko-ri.(1954) - Korea
La 317e Section (1965) - Indochina
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My idea of 'Good' tends to be reasonably accurate in a military sense, since anything else just annoys the hell out of me.

The problem with 'The Hurt Locker' is that (leaving aside some stuff that seemed a bit unlikely, to say the least, from a 'bomb disposal' bloke) these, very brave men, are high value assets and they get protection and cover in everything they do from infantry and other soldiers. Engaging the enemy with small arms is not their job and they would not do it except in extreme exceptional emergency.

The best, and most realistic, scene in the film, in my view, is the bit in the supermarket back in the US.

A okay film/mini series is 'Bravo Two Zero' (1999) based on the fouled up first Gulf War SAS Op.
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Hyena Road (2015) - Canadian sniper unit in Afghanistan - great film with authentic kit.

Generation Kill (2008 TV mini-Series) - USMC Recon Battalion in Iraq - HBO series (7 Parts) gritty dramatisation of Rolling Stone journalist Evan Wright's experience as an embedded reporter, lots of fun!
I liked both of those. 'Hyena Road' is a bit underrated.
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'Full Metal Jacket' (1987) Excellent film. Real USMC Gunnery Sgt. Some fairly good skirmishing/fire and movement. Only thing that annoyed me was they made some big deal about killing the female enemy soldier at the end. Why? Especially after she shot their mate to bits a round in the head was rather kind.
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