War Films : What War Films Have You Seen? 2016 Edition.

Re: THE SINKING OF THE LACONIA 2010

I thought I'd seen it, when I saw Franka Potente in there, I knew I had..


Thomas Kretschmann plays German Admiral, Donitz.


coincidence, Kretchmann is a pretty big name in U-boats annals.....

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I just watched another film with Potente, RUN LOLA RUN. Excellent.

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yeah, she has a thing, actually, was the Armenian mob daughter in 'the Shield", Armenian money-train storyline..

War Tv: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Searaven" 1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Searaven" 1957

This is the 36th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the third patrol of the USS "Searaven". It is April 1942 and the "Searaven" is sent to the Japanese held island of Timor. Their assignment is to rescue 34 Australian Army and Airforce personal trapped on the island. Due to surf conditions, the only way to contact the Aussies is by a swimmer.

The man chosen, Chester Marshall, was a big time college swimmer. The first night off Timor the man swims in to make contact with the Aussies. Marshall however stumbles onto a patrol of Japanese and barely escapes with his life. The ship's Captain decides to try again the next night.

Marshall hooks up with the Australians this time. The Aussies however are so weak from a lack of food that they cannot swim out to the "Searaven". The officer assigned, Marshall, decides to go against orders and use the ship's small boat to ferry the Aussies. There is a close call when a Japanese escort vessel passes nearby. The mission is a success and all the Australians are packed below as the "Searaven" heads for Freemantle Australia. Several Navy Cross decorations were handed out for bravery on the mission.

The "Searaven" completed 13 wartime patrols. She started the conflict based in Manila on Dec 7th 1941. The submarine put in claims for over 20 enemy vessels but was only credited with 4 ships and a handful of sampans. The "Seahorse" was used as one of the target ships at the 1946 A-Bomb test at Bikini Atoll. The submarine was not damaged and was later sunk as a target in Sept 1948.

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The Silent Service (1957) - The Searaven (1957)

Bikini Atoll

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GIARABUB 1942 : War in the Desert

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Been on an Italian war film tear for the last while. Here is another new one for me.

GIARABUB 1942

This is an Italian flag-waver made in 1942 about the Dec 1940 to March 1941 defence of Giarabub oasis. The oasis is located 200 odd miles south of Tobruk. The garrison consisted of around 1,300 Italian and 600 plus Libyan soldiers.

The Italian garrison is caught behind Commonwealth lines after the collapse of the main Italian front at Tobruk. Australian mechanized troops are soon encircling the garrison. The Aussies prevent re-supply by ground.

The Aussies expecting the Italians to cave quickly try a quick assault attempting to overrun the garrison. A brisk counter-attack by the Italians takes back the lost ground. The Commonwealth forces pull back and stick to aggressive patrolling. They also whistle up the Desert Airforce to deliver a few bombs. The Airforce boys also prevent the Italians from flying in any supplies.

The Australians build up their forces before trying a few more probing attacks. The Italian officer in charge, played by Carlo Nichi, keeps a tight hand on his troops. The Italians are keeping Commonwealth troops needed on the coast busy by their stubborn resistance.

Finally the Aussies bring up a battery of 25 pounder howitzers. They slowly destroy one Italian position after another and occupy each in order. The Italian garrison is suffering from a lack of food. The Libyan troops have also deserted. The garrison finally surrenders and is bundled off to the Suez.

The Australians occupy Giarabub but evacuate after only 2 days. Rommel has launched his March counter-offensive and is rolling up the British forces. The Australians end up as part of the troops defending Tobruk during the upcoming siege by the Africa Korps.

The garrison officers and men were all hailed as heroes in Italy. (They were one of the few units at the time that held their own)The rest of the cast includes, Mario Ferrari, Doris Duranti, Carlo Romano, Elio Steiner, Ermino Spalla and Guido Notari.

The film was directed by Goffredo Alessandrini.

For a propaganda piece, this one is pretty good. There are plenty of real Italian weapons, including several Fiat Cr 42 biplane fighters on screen. The battle scenes are well handled with plenty of pyrotechnics on display. Worth hunting up if you are a WW2 war film fan.

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GIARABUB 1942



what a gem...if CR42 fighters, too..

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2 prints of it on Youtube, being wartime film, no hope of s/t-s for La Inglesi, sadly..

hey, you did not tell us that there is a pretty tasty piece of Axis ass in it too, Senorina Polka Dot...or is she a local girl?

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Can't get a good enough look at the flight of fighters that Jabos them, and knocks their SM79 or SM81 down ..Sparviero, I think..

they look like inline fighters, so wondering if something as modern as 202s or 55s would have been used in the film in 1942, when Italy was already 90% defeated and in a shambles anyway..

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Right at the start about 1:08 in are several CR 42 parked on the ground. The tri motor transport sure looks like a SM 79. Not 100 % sure, it could be one of several diff marks of that SM aircraft.

The one attacking fighter looks like a captured Hurricane with the prop spinner removed. The others could be French MS fighters. The Italians used captured ones as trainers etc. I'll need to look closer at the images.

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The others could be French MS fighters.


French MS or D520 fighters is a good suggestion, actually, they never occurred to me, even though I have seen them in both RA and German markings..

I think the big trimotor is a '79, but the SM81 is actually older lower performance but same 3-engine layout and general family look, and probably the most usual RA transport hack..

I think the SM81 is the main kit used to drop mustard gas on the Abyssinians..
as with the JU52, it was sometimes used in the preWW2 30s wars as a makeshift low-tech bomber..

Re: GIARABUB 1942 : War in the Desert

it's a nice looking film, photography wise..as with those wartime Japanese air-war films, tragic that no one did a set of titles in english for it..

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The dvd I caught at a pal's had some crudely done subtitles. His girl however speaks perfect German, Italian and Polish. LOL, She gets drafted in to help keep us up to date on the dialogue. She has translated several Italian and German war films for us.

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yeah, woman I know does SRW Polish, and understand/ speak Russian but shakier on writing reading it because of the Cyrillic writing, which the Poles and Czechs don't use...

I sent her a Sopranos scene from Youtube where his Polish maid and Russian mistress exchange ethnic insults on the phone, she could identify with that, not a fan of the Russians, lol..Eastern Front movies she is impartial hates both sides, lol..(is a war movie fan too, unusual for a woman, oddly I know a Ukrainian woman I got to know on ebay who is also avid military book reader)

Polish woman is Western border Polish so speaks/understands German as well..

Re: GIARABUB 1942 : War in the Desert

Giarabub (1942)

Good work fella. I enjoyed the other review as well, I presume you read it.

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Re: GIARABUB 1942 : War in the Desert

Yes. Good review by the other guy.

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thanks re the other film..always interested in old b/w motion shots of Axis planes, or any less common planes...saw some BP Defiants taxiing in docu WW2 in colour" other day, I was stoked...an old childhood fave of mine..

TV: FLIGHT "Final Approach" 1958 B-47 in trouble

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Not a war film but of interest to the military buff.

FLIGHT "Final Approach" 1958

FLIGHT was a military television series that ran on in syndication on U.S. TV during 1958 and 1959. The series had the full cooperation of the US Airforce for the production of the 38 episode run.

In this episode, the three man crew of a Boeing B-47 Stratojet bomber is returning to base after taking part in a training run over the desert. They are coming down to land at their California base when a problem develops. The front landing gear will not deploy.

They climb back to altitude to check out the problem. They go through the various checklists trying to find the fault. The pilot, David Cross, gets on the horn to the base command. The commanding officer, Ross Elliott is called in to talk to the crew. The co-pilot is played by, Don Nagel with Jimmy Murphy as the navigator.

Elliott gets on the phone and calls in the Boeing man on base. They bang heads trying to come up with a solution. The Boeing man calls up the plant at Wichita and has the design staff go over the blueprints etc.

The Air Force sends up a tanker to top off the fuel on the B-47. The flight is into its 10th hour and crew fatigue is creeping in. Nothing the crew tries is working and everyone is starting to get worried. The pilot's wives are soon calling wondering where their husbands are.

Finally the higher ups tell the crew to fly out over the desert and eject. The pilot though has an idea, he asks for the landing strip to be covered its entire length with fire foam. He intends to land the bomber on the foam and hope for the best.

He brings down the Stratojet down just missing the start of the foam covered area. Sparks are soon flying but no fire catches as the planes slides onto the foam. The crew makes like the wind and run for safety once the aircraft stops.

If the viewer is a military aircraft buff, then this series is for you. There are all sort of then current aircraft on display.

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)


Colonel Bogey's Barmy Army.

OK! Lets get it out there right away, for historical facts of the real Bridge on the River Kwai story, one should research elsewhere, this film is a fictionalised account of the said events. Sadly there are those out there who simply refuse to judge this purely as a piece of cinematic art - and cinematic art it is.

A squad of British soldiers are held in a Japanese POW camp in the Burmese jungle. The respective Japanese and British leaders clash but an understanding is finally reached to build a bridge across the River Kwai. The importance of which could prove crucial in more ways than one...

It won 7 Academy Awards and 4 BAFTAS, and it was the film that saw the great David Lean enter his epic period. And what a start it is. Kwai is a masterful piece of cinema, it has a magnificently intelligent and complex screenplay - with tough edged dialogue in the script, is bursting at the seams with high quality performances, and beautifully photographed (filmed in Ceylon). Thematically it's about the folly and psychological madness of war, which in turn is ensconced in sub - plots of genuine worth. It all builds to a tremendous finale, where everything we have witnessed is realised with a deftness of talent from across the board. 10/10


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Re: The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Tick applied. Must be a good decade since last watched this. On the re-watch list it goes!!!!

SILURI UMANI aka "Human Torpedoes" 1954

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This is another of half dozen or so Italian War films I've taken in the last month or so.

SILURI UMANI aka "Human Torpedoes" 1954

This Italian war film was produced by Carlo Ponti and Dino De Laurentis and released through Paramount Pictures. The cast is led by Raf Vallone with support from Franco Fabrizi, Nerio Bernardi, Christian Marquand and Carlo (Bud Spencer) Pedersoli.

The film starts in the year before Italy joined the Second World War. At an Italian Navy base the Navy is experimenting with small explosive motor boats. The light one man craft are equipped with a powerful auto engine and loaded with a 660 lb warhead. The boats are to be driven at top speed into the side of enemy ships. While dangerous, the boats are not suicide craft. The one man crew are to lock the controls in place and then leap overboard.

The training, led by the Commanding Officer, Raf Vallone, is intense. Several men wash out and one is killed. After the war is joined, the men and their craft are transported to the island of Leros in the Aegean Sea. The Italians have decided to attack Allied shipping using Souda Bay on the Island of Crete. The crew takes full advantage of shore leave while waiting for the right weather conditions.

Raf Vallone is called back to Navy headquarters in Rome for a conference. On the way back, Vallone hops a ride on a submarine. This turns out to be a less than wise idea. The submarine is attacked just off Leros by British aircraft and sent to the bottom. Vallone and 5 others survive in a sealed compartment.

The rest of Vallone's men, all trained divers, join in the rescue attempts. The rescue is very much a touch and go matter for the men trapped. The rescuers just barely manage to get an airline attached in time. They then use a cutting torch to open the damaged escape hatch. Vallone and the others are brought up to safety.

The weather has now turned for the good and the operation is set in motion. Aerial reconnaissance shows several warships and tankers anchored in the bay. On March 25th 1941, two Italian destroyers load the small craft on board and set off. In the dead of night they approach Souda Bay and launch the motor boats, which slowly work their way into the bay. The light craft are able to go over the anti-submarine barriers covering the anchorage.

Now that the 6 boats are inside the anchorage, Vallone signals for full attack speed. The roaring engines alert the British ships and shore batteries that there is something amiss. Fire from the ships and shore destroys one of the boats and kills another of the pilots. Vallone and two other pilots lock their controls and eject into the water.

Two of the boats hit the British heavy cruiser, HMS York, while the third sinks a large tanker. The next morning Vallone and the others are picked out of the water by the British. They spend the rest of the war in POW camps.

This is a pretty good war film with plenty of action and real equipment on display.

A bit of history - The HMS York was badly damaged and had to be beached to prevent her sinking. The ship was scuttled by the Royal Navy two months later to prevent her capture by German paratroopers during the May 1941 invasion of Crete. The large 8,000 ton tanker was re-floated, but sank under tow to Alexandria. There was one other big use of the MT boats by the Italians. They tried an attack on the main harbour at Valletta, Malta. The attack though was spotted on radar and all the boats were destroyed.

Raf Vallone was on screen from 1942 to 2000. TWO WOMEN, EL CID, THE GODFATHER part III, THE Italian JOB, NEVADA SMITH are just a few of his films.

Re: SILURI UMANI aka "Human Torpedoes" 1954

Siluri umani (1954)

Reads as a cracker, great real life info as usual as well "Professor Gordon"

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Re: SILURI UMANI aka "Human Torpedoes" 1954

Thank you. Been a big military buff since I was a kid. All the stories my uncles, dad and grand dads who served told had a big impact on me. I always look into the background of films that are based on real incidents.

War TV: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Tang's last Shot" 1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Tang's last Shot" 1957

This is the 37th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the last patrol the USS "Tang". It is October 1944 and the "Tang" is on her fifth combat patrol of the war. The "Tang" is cruising off the island of Formosa looking for Japanese shipping.

The submarine happens upon a large group of merchant ships, tankers and escort vessels. The "Tang" closes in and sinks two of the cargo ships. Several days later the submarine does the same to a trio of Japanese tankers and a cargo ship. The "Tang" now comes up on another convoy and sinks three more freighters and a destroyer.

Down to her last two torpedoes, the submarine closes in to finish off a damaged Japanese ship. The last torpedo though malfunctions and circles back to the "Tang". The torpedo strikes amidships sending the submarine to the bottom in seconds. There are only nine survivors who are picked up by a Japanese escort.

The Captain of the "Tang" would receive a Medal of Honor after the war. The "Tang" would be credited with sinking 24 Japanese ships totalling over 90,000 tons. She did this in only five patrols. The "Tang" was the second highest scoring submarine in World War Two.

The cast is made up of Jerry Paris, George Brenlin, Don Haggerty, Alvy Moore and Bob (Gilligan's Island) Denver.

Re: War TV: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Tang's last Shot" 1957

this seems to claim that tonight 11.oo pm ,my time, about 5 hours from posting this, anyway, that this will be a stream of "Torpedo Bay" Youtube..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt9H_L1_qhc

whether it is genuine, how it works, who knows, but the movie is not on Youtube otherwise...a kind of Anglo-Italo 'the enemy Below"...have not seen it for a LONG mfen time..

Re: War TV: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Tang's last Shot" 1957

It has been on my to find list for years.

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claiming same thing here for 'the naked brigade"..an hour away..


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04aIbqU-c8Y

I think it is probably a scam, no stream takes place..

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Personally I have never used one of these sites. Do not trust them.

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if it is s straight Youtube vid,no strings attached, it can be a good thing, but many movies etc that have pages there are not even showing here, but just link-pages to the usual 'free' sites off-Youtube, that require your credit card for 'verification"...no, no way would I card any such site..

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LOL Give out my credit card over the internet! That would be the day.

Re: War TV: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Tang's last Shot" 1957

when the advertised time arrived on 'Naked Brigade", the vid screen puts up a message 'starting soon"..obviously bogus, to goad you into using the linked site...

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The Silent Service (1957) - The Tang's Last Shot (1957)

Wow! That's some serious figures she has to her name.

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Le Silence de la Mer (1949)-Blu Link.

Regions A/B/C/ Blu/Region 2 DVD

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Silence-mer-Format-Blu-ray-Masters/dp/B005SDDD1W

9

"It pains me to offend anyone,even if he is my enemy."


** This review may contain spoilers ***

Entranced by his sadly near-forgotten 1953 title When You Read This Letter,I was intrigued to find out from a fellow IMDber that DVD company Masters of Cinema had put out a DVD/Blu-Ray of auteur Jean- Pierre Melville's feature debut,which led to me listening to the silence.

The plot-

France 1941:

Wanting to not get too caught up in the Resistance battle against the Nazi Occupation,a man and his grown-up niece try to follow their daily routines. Crushing their will,the Nazi generals order them to take Werner von Ebrennac in as a "guest" who will come home after a long day working for the Führer. Whilst they have no say in him staying there,the man and the woman decide to stage a silent protest against him,which leads to Ebrennac filling the silence by exploring his most intimate feelings on the war and his love of the occupied country.

View on the film:

Offering an interesting booklet and detailed docs as extras,Masters of Cinema give an amazing transfer,with the audio and the visuals being pin-sharp,whilst retaining the natural grit from the film.

Saying just a handful of words over 90 minutes,the alluring Nicole Stéphane gives an incredible performance as the niece, drawing in the most subtle change of facial and body language,from looking down at the floor like a statue,to longing close-ups letting Stéphane crack the ice from the niece's eyes. Bringing attention to detail in his smoke-hued performance, Jean-Marie Robain gives a haunting performance as the uncle,whose low shoulders and endless pipe smoking gives the uncle an unassuming appearance,which Robain cleverly uses to give the uncle's pragmatic mind-set a left-field mood. Holding his head high on the first night in the house, Howard Vernon gives a delicate performance as Ebrennac,whose Nazi uniform Vernon peels away to reveal the thoughtful,considerate man hidden under the beast.

Made when feelings on the Occupation were still raw, Jean-Pierre Melville's adaptation of "Vercors" (real name Jean Bruller,who based the story on real events) underground short story delivers a message of understanding the individual,but finely not understanding/reasoning with the enemy. Sitting in silence, Melville takes advantage of the situation by giving the uncle a poetic narration expressing how deep his understanding of Ebrennac goes,and giving Ebrennac a blank canvas,which gets painted with the discovery that all of his optimistic beliefs are fatally wrong. Unafraid to open up feelings on the Occupation, Melville presents the uncle and nieces rebellion in a detached, passive manner,with neither of them looking outside the window for a Hollywood (in terms of heroics) resistance.

Going French New Wave almost a decade before the movement existed, Melville went in an indie mode made visible by two non-union cinematographers quitting over his style,the production taking a year due to Melville's cash limits,and most of the movie being shot at Vercors own house. Largely keeping the screen limited to the three in the house, Melville breaks the theatrical trappings of the real location with deep,rich shadows and charcoal (natural) low- lighting casting a ghostly atmosphere over the title. Making his debut, Melville displays signs of the auteur vision that was to arrive with beautiful close-ups capturing the moment when the restrained emotion silently pours out.

Re: Le Silence de la Mer (1949)-Blu Link.

Thanks. Tick was sent.

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Le silence de la mer (1949)

Brill read! Fascinating back story as well. This is definitely one I'd watch for sure.

Tick away of course and apologies for late response, real life chaos has kept me away.



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War TV: "The Loss of the Perch" 1957 Early Jack Lord

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Loss of the Perch" 1957

This is the 38th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the last patrol the USS "Perch". This submarine was the first submarine of this name to serve in WW2. The "Perch" was undergoing repair work at Manila when the Japanese attack happened. She was forced to submerge and wait out the air attack on the city.

Two weeks later, now in fighting trim the "Perch" heads out to hunt Japanese shipping. Off of Formosa, the submarine sights a Japanese merchant ship. The "Perch" closes in and fires four torpedoes. The first three miss the target while the fourth circles back and just misses sinking the "Perch". Several nights later the "Perch" manages to sink a cargo ship but is forced under by the escort.

After a quick trip to Darwin for fuel and torpedoes, the "Perch" is soon back on patrol. On this patrol, after an attack on a large merchantman the "Perch" is hit in the conning tower by a round. The round wreaks the periscope gear and destroys the radio antenna.

The "Perch" has to dive when two prowling Japanese destroyer appear. The submarine hits bottom causing further damage to the ship. The ship is taking on water, leaking oil and the batteries have shorted out. The men manage to make enough repairs to surface that night.

The submarine is a mess with only one engine working. The Captain orders the ship to head to Java hoping to make emergency repairs there. This plan goes sideways as several Japanese heavy cruisers show. The Japanese quickly shell the "Perch" which is soon on her way to the bottom.

The crew is picked up by the Japanese destroyer "Ushio". The 54 men and 5 officers ended up in Japanese POW camps. All but five survived the war.

On November 23rd, 2006, the wreck of "Perch" was located by accident by divers off the coast of Java. The divers had been looking for the wreck of HMS "Exeter" which had been sunk in 1942 during the Battle of the Java Sea.

The Japanese destroyer, "Ushio", which had picked up the "Perch" crew, was the only Japanese vessel involved in the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor to survive the war.

The cast includes, Jack Lord, Ron Foster, Ray Montgomery and Eric Morris.

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FLAT TOP



now there is a long losty...

Re: War TV: "The Loss of the Perch" 1957 Early Jack Lord

I have it somewhere in my storage locker. I'll add it to the list to dig out next time I go there.

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The Silent Service (1957) - The Loss of the Perch (1957)

The bad luck ship

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Re: What War Films Have You Seen? May/Jun/Jul/Aug - 2016 Edition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gUSq7pxux4

pretty good extended docu which explains Long Tan..

at @1100 hrs, Aug 18 1966, the 108 strong D-company, 6RAR on patrol outside of firebases in Long Tan plantation Phuoc Tuy province Republic of Vietnam, ran into an ambush involving VC Local and main force elements thought to be backed up by NVA, an estimated c 2000 enemy...in pouring rain, a desperate battle developed through the afternoon, within actual loudspeaker earshot of a rock concert in progress at one of the firebases..

at the battles end, an estimated 250-500 enemy had been killed, and around 19 Australian troops were KIAs..

Re: What War Films Have You Seen? May/Jun/Jul/Aug - 2016 Edition.

I read somewhere a while back that they are making a film of the battle. I think that might of been a few years ago.

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I'm not sure if it was ever made...it was always talked about...if it has been done, I have not seen it..

Long Tan - Link

Super stuff.

Sam Worthington was actually born in the UK but raised as an Aussie, so he's a good choice for narration.

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War Tv: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Guardfish" 1957

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Guardfish" 1957

This is the 39th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the first patrol the USS "Guardfish". It is July 1942 and the submarine "Guardfish" heads out for the Japanese home island of Honshu. Early in August they attack a cargo ship but have no luck. All the torpedoes explode before reaching the target. The Captain decides to change the torpedoes to contact fuses instead of the magnetic ones.

Several days later the submarine sinks a small trawler with gunfire. They then run into a small convoy and dispatch several to Davey Jones Locker. They then sink a freighter anchored in a port with a near record long shot. Their streak keeps going with several more Japanese cargo ships being destroyed. By the time the patrol is finished they have sank 7 Japanese ships.

The "Guardfish" would complete 12 patrols over the course of the war. The submarine received two Presidential Citations for her efforts during the war. The ship served till 1960 when she was used as a target for the next generation of torpedoes.

The cast includes, Paul Pecerni, James Dobson, Ross Ford, Don Kelly and Dick Kaiser.

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The Silent Service (1957) - The Guardfish (1957)

Thanks Gord

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CARICA EROICA aka (HEROIC CHARGE) 1952 The Last Cavalry Charge

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CARICA EROICA aka (HEROIC CHARGE) 1952

This is an Italian war film from 1952. It is the tale of one part of the Italian Army that was sent to the Russian Front in 1942. The Italian cavalry regiment Savoia Cavalleria is part of the 1942 summer offensive of the Axis forces against the Soviet Red Army.

The film follows the regiment as they advance through the vast hinterland of the Russian steppes. There is the odd scrap with Red partisans, but for the most part the days are filled with dust and boredom. The men are billeted in a small Russian village not far from the Don River. The men get along with the locals and life seems not so bad.

This all changes when the Red Army launches an attack in late August 1942. The assault overruns an Italian Infantry Division. The only troops handy to plug the gap are the Savoia Cavalry. Their German Allies are not all that happy with the idea of sending in a single regiment.

The Italians though are up to the task and launch a ferocious counter-attack into the flank of the Soviets. They charge with drawn sabres and bags of hand-grenades. They suffer heavy losses but manage to drive off the Reds. Their action stabilizes the front line.

(A bit of history) The use of cavalry had ended in the west with the slaughter of the Polish Cavalry in 1939. On the Eastern front it was a different matter. The Soviets, Germans, Italians and Romanians all used cavalry units. Cossack companies were used by both the Soviets and Germans. Because of the sheer amount of area in the east, mounted troops were found useful in scouting, recon and patrol duties. The attack depicted in the film is thought to be the last mass cavalry attack in history.

The film was directed by Francesco De Robertis, who also wrote the screenplay. The only members of the cast I recognized were, Franco Fabrizi and Dario Michaelis. This is an interesting film about a rather unknown incident from World War Two history.

Re: CARICA EROICA aka (HEROIC CHARGE) 1952 The Last Cavalry Charge

I still like that dark-haired Axis trim in that one in the desert that we discussed the French airplanes and SM79 on..

Re: CARICA EROICA aka (HEROIC CHARGE) 1952 The Last Cavalry Charge

Apparently she was involved with Mussolini's son, Bruno, and several other high ranking Italian types.

Re: CARICA EROICA aka (HEROIC CHARGE) 1952 The Last Cavalry Charge

Carica eroica (1952)

Interesting, from a filmic point and of history.

Gord

The Spikeopath - Hospital Number 217

War Tv: THE SILENT SERVICE "The Archerfish Spits Straight" 1958

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THE SILENT SERVICE "The Archerfish Spits Straight" 1958

This is the 40th episode of the U.S. war series, "The Silent Service". The series was about the exploits of the U.S. Navy's submarine fleet. Each episode is a stand-alone tale of the actions of a particular submarine. Most of the stories are about actions against the Japanese Navy and merchant fleet in the Pacific. There is also the odd tale from the Korean conflict. The series ran for 78 episodes during 1957 and 1958. The stories were all based on actual events. Some pretty good attention to detail here with the U.S Navy allowing filming on several WW 2 era Gato class subs.

Each episode started and ended with retired Real Admiral Thomas M. Dykers giving a breakdown of the action. Dykers became a writer, producer and technical adviser after leaving the service. He worked on films such as, TORPEDO ALLEY, FLAT TOP, THE FROGMEN, HELL AND HIGH WATER and SUBMARINE COMMAND.

This episode is about the USS "Archerfish". The "Archerfish" entered service in 1943 and started her first patrol in December of that year. The "Archerfish" completed four patrols without any success against the Japanese.

On November 11th 1944 the submarine set out on her fifth patrol after being assigned patrol duty off Tokyo Bay. Her job was to look for any B-29 bombers which might need to ditch. On November 28th she sighted a large ship she took as a large tanker. The target was being escorted by four Japanese escort vessels.

The "Archerfish" worked its way into the best possible attack position before launching 6 torpedoes. The target was hit by 4 of these torpedoes and sank in about 45 minutes. The "tanker' was actually the Japanese aircraft carrier, "Shinano". The 72,000 ton "Shinano" was the largest carrier launched in WW2. She was to be the third of the massive "Yamato" class battleships. She was converted on the slip to a carrier after the Japanese carrier losses at the Battle of Midway. The "Shinano" was the largest ship ever sank by a submarine.

The "Archerfish" only scored one more time, sending a Japanese submarine to the bottom. The submarine was one of 12 other U.S. Navy submarines in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender.

The "Archerfish" would remain in service in various capacities until October 19th, 1968. On that date she was sunk off San Diego as a target for the submarine, USS "Snook".

The "Archerfish" lives on as one of three submarines used in the 1959 film, OPERATION PETTICOAT, which starred Cary Grant and Tony Curtis. The three submarines in that production were, "Archerfish", "Queenfish" and "Balao".

The cast features DeForest Kelly, Robert Christopher, William Boyett and Ron Foster.
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