Watching Battleground (1949), possibly the best cold-weather US Army infantry movie ever made. A perfect blend of combat, realisim, and classic characters from the era. Please do see it in the original B&W, it won an Oscar for Best Cinematography – deserving in most scenes, although not all.
The counterpoint in terms of hot-weather movies is A Walk In The Sun (1945), with much of the same set of characters, and several of the same actors. There are some good marine movies from the Pacific, but most of those are the rough and ready pure action movies, not the more realistic fare these offer; most items with John Wayne, for example.
There are a handful of others, but for land combat these are the two classics in my book. A very different feeling from some of the modern and attempted realistic re-makes, like Ryan and such; they’re definitely worth a watch for comparison. I love the marching songs – not as funny as Bill Murray’s Stripes but still great cadence tunes.
Normally I don’t blog on politics, although I have my favored political blog sources I keep up on sometimes. But these two snippets were just too darn funny to not link to (at least out of context, re: the recent terrorisim alert level scare tactics and being – or not being – terrorized):
Kung Fu Monkey: “Wait, Aren’t You Scared?”
FDR: Oh, I’m sorry, was wiping out our entire Pacific fleet supposed to intimidate us? We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and right now we’re coming to kick your ass with brand new destroyers riveted by waitresses. How’s that going to feel?
CHURCHILL: Yeah, you keep bombing us. We’ll be in the pub, flipping you off. I’m slapping Rolls-Royce engines into untested flying coffins to knock you out of the skies, and then I’m sending angry Welshmen to burn your country from the Rhine to the Polish border.
Must be my old WW2 history reading catching up to me, but those were almost priceless comparisons of good leadership (in public appearances) of old versus the (expletives deleted) leadership of now.