War Movie Recommendations

Thanks for the book recommendation, it seems interesting.
Now just those episodes of WW2 channel came to my mind when Indy told about Wehrmacht officers who complained about the brutal massacre of civilians by the SS and the negative impact of it on Whermacht soldiers. So you’re right, they knew about it, they just didn’t like it. However, I absolutely can beleive that as the war went on, the regular soldier got more accustomed to this and might had become even the one who committed those crimes.

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Not a movie, but I really recommend the amazing work by Paralight Worx, which can be seen on YouTube. Really excellent short films from the view of ordinary soldiers in the Wehrmacht.


Having been on Norway on vacation i saw the movie called The King Choice, it is a great one showing the decision on whether Norway went Denmark and allowed the Germans in ore go to War.

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I will add one recommendation for a movie about the Chinese Civil War in 1948 (so I guess spoiler alert from the perspective of this locale :slight_smile: )

There is a lot of politics involved especially in the second half of the movie, but it somehow spoke to me, and I think not many people have actually seen this.

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And a few more recommendations all over the place:
Flags of Our Fathers / Letters from Iwo Jima

It’s basically the same narrative shot by two camera sets, it’s a Clint Eastwood production, but it’s not full out Hollywood. The American side is focused on the post-war psychological side and the Japanese side is focused on the downfall of the Japanese army as the first piece of home Japanese soil was taken.

Grave of the Fireflies

It’s anime, but don’t for one second be fooled by that. It’s about the civilian life in Japan in the 40s and it’s deeply psychological and I don’t recommend this to sensitive types. We watched this with a group of friends and were stunned in silence for like 15 minutes after the movie.


Russian produced bio of Alexander Kolchak, first Russian president and leader of the White Army as the Russian Civil War breaks out and plays out. My take on historical accuracy is that the Czechoslovak legions actually speak Czech :smiley: (not to be taken for granted)

The Man With an Iron Heart

Something from the (well, mine anyway :wink: )homefront, it portrays the rise to prominence of Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich and his assassination by the Czechoslovak paratroopers in Prague. (here the Czechoslovaks are south slavic for example, and when they sang the Czechoslovak national anthem I couldn’t help but cringe)

And honorary mention for two Czech movies, if you can manage to get a hold of them and some decent subtitles:
Lida Baarova https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0281961 about the actress who was Goebels’ lover
The Last of the Cyclists https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3037036/ viewing the war years from the perspective of a young Jewish-raised girl and the fall of the family from prominence down to the end of the war.


For an interesting Soviet perspective of a Bielorussia youth in 1943 there is Come and See. It is very impressive, but not an easy watch. The movie is based on Soviet propaganda reels showing the atrocities committed in Bielorussia.

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Hi, I would like to inform you that the Italian movie Il Primo Re about the story of Romulus and Remus has been released in Blue-Ray in North America if anyone’s curious. Here’s the final scene and the beautiful end credits (don’t forget to put the English sub on).

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