Military History Reader Poll – July 2010

Which war memoir most successfully transfers to the large or small screen with the best balance of historical accuracy and artistic license?

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  1. Mike

    The Pacific from Sledge’s Book – With the Old Breed

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  2. mike

    Well, Band of brothers I believe. It was complete in a way the pacific was not, as I did read “With the old breed”. Band of brothers shows more of the action they faced, real emotional and raw.

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    • krb

      Although I have yet to see ‘The Pacific’, Band of Brothers was raw and powerful…by the end of the series the viewer felt as though they had been there themselves. Great Series…perfect selection of actors to portray the actual men who lived it…powerfully moving.

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  3. krb

    “Thin Red Line” was beautifully photographed and the story was compelling yet convincing in its portrayal of the brutality of war. It captured not only the action, but the setting in which the battle was fought, and the emotions of the men doing the fighting.

    “Gettysburg” although the acting was a bit over the top and the choice of actors to portray certain characters fell short, actually did a good job of capturing the futility of the Civil War at its worst. The defense of Little Round Top, and Pickets charge were dramatically captured and portrayed as well as it could have been done on film.

    “We Were Soldiers” was one of the best portrayals of the Vietnam War in that it caught the essence of how that war was fought and demonstrated the nobility of the cause, at least in the beginning before the political machine took over and ruined it, was worth the effort.

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    • krb

      I do not mean to use this as a bully platform on the merits for or against the Vietnam war. Even so, some may argue that there was nothing noble about the War. It is difficult to argue that point one way or the other because of how badly it was mis-handled and bungled by the politicians. The men who fought it, fought as bravely and decisively as any soldiers in the history of American military History…yet they were disgracefully vilified and condemned by many mis-guided people here at home.

      Vietnam probably should never have happened, wrong war in the wrong place at the wrong time, but the way it was handled politically, militarily, and morally here at home, has proven to be one of the most disgusting era’s of our history. “We Were Soldiers” I believe attempted to set the record straight and demonstrate the nobility of the cause and the innovative resourcefulness and bravery of the men who were put in harms way…and for that, I beleive it stands apart from all other Vietnam Era war movies.

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