Fighting On Film: When Trumpets Fade (1998)

Join us as we look at ‘When Trumpets Fade‘, John Irvin’s HBO TV movie which follows a battle-weary squad leader torn between simply staying alive and leading his new recruits into action during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest. Starring Ron Eldrad, Zak Orth, Frank Whaley, Timothy Olyphant and Bobby Cannavale the film shines a light on a largely forgotten battle and premiered just a few months before Saving Private Ryan.

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FoF Show & Tell #4 – Geronimo & Hell Is For Heroes

Join us for the fourth edition of our Show & Tell series were we discus ‘Geronimo’ (1993) which tells the story of Geronimo’s last battles and the 1962 Steve McQueen-led classic ‘Hell Is For Heroes’ following a group of US soldiers as they battle to break through the Siegfried Line.

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Fighting On Film: Last of the Mohicans (1992)

This week we make our way through the atmospheric forests of North America to take on the latest screen adaptation of ‘Last of the Mohicans’. We’re joined by special guest Jonathan Ferguson, Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the UK’s Royal Armouries, to explore Michael Mann’s 1992 epic. The film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Wes Studi, Eric Schweig, and Steven Waddington and is set during the tumultuous French & Indian War. The film offers a more historically authentic telling of James Fenimore Cooper’s most famous novel and takes us on a trek through the North American frontier of the 1750s and gives us a love story amongst desperate sieges and viscous battles.

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Here’s some stills from the film:

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Fighting On Film: Siege of Jadotville (2016)

This week we discuss 2016’s Siege of Jadotville, a film which portrays the valiant last stand of a UN contingent of Irish troops holding off an overwhelming force of mercenaries and rebels during Congo Crisis. With a veritable plethora of ally kit and guns the Siege of Jadotville is a well shot, competently made war film which tells a little known story. Starring Jamie Dornan as Commandant Pat Quinlan, alongside Mark Strong, Danny Sapani, Jason O’Mara and Guillaume Canet, the film is the first feature from director by Richie Smyth.

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Here’s some stills from the film:

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Fighting On Film: Escape To Victory (1981)

With the UEFA European Football Championship (the Euros) starting this week we thought what better time to tackle a curious John Huston film staring no less than Michael Caine, Max Von Sydow, Sylvester Stallone, Pele and half of the Ipswich Town football club! It is of course ‘Escape To Victory’, a film which mixes football with a POW escape movie! We are joined by Ipswich Town fan and host of the excellent WW2TV, Paul Woodage, who brings his expert Ipswich Town knowledge to help us breakdown this unconventional war film!

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Here’s some stills from the films:

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Fighting On Film: Channel Incident (1940)

This week marks the 81st anniversary of Operation Dynamo, the Dunkirk Evacuations, so we’re examining the very first onscreen depiction of the evacuation – Channel Incident (1940). Channel Incident is a 15 minute Ministry of Information film directed by Anthony Asquith and starring Peggy Ashcroft, Gordon Harker, Robert Newton and Kenneth Griffith.

You can watch the whole film on the IWM’s online archive here!

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Here’s some stills from the films:

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Fighting On Film: The War Game (1966)

This week we tackle a truly harrowing film. Arguably director Peter Watkins’ finest work, 1966’s ‘The War Game’. An anti-nuclear war film that takes Watkins’ pseudo-documentary style to its pinnacle to tell the story of what a Britain during a nuclear war might look like. Suppressed by the BBC and government the film still won an Oscar. We are joined by author and host of the Atomic Hobo podcast, Julie McDowall to discuss this very important film.  

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Here’s some stills from the films:

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FoF Show & Tell #2 – ‘The 12th Man’ (2017) & ‘The Outpost’ (2020)

Join us for the second edition of our Show & Tell series were we look at the escape and evasion epic ‘The 12th Man’ (2017) and a modern last stand movie ‘The Outpost’ (2020)!

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Fighting On Film: Men In War (1957)

This week we return to Korea. Following on from our look at ‘A Hill In Korea‘ a couple of weeks ago, in this episode we discuss ‘Men in War‘ (1957). Based on Van Van Praag’s 1949 novel ‘Day Without End‘ and directed by Anthony Mann, ‘Men in War‘ follows a platoon of US soldiers which have been cut off by sudden North Korean advances. They must fight their way to their objective. Starring Robert Ryan and Aldo Ray, tension rises throughout the film climaxing with a hard fought infantry battle to take an enemy held hill.

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Here’s some stills from the films:

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Fighting On Film: 633 Squadron

Join us this week as we slip on our flight suits, climb into our cockpits and fire up our Mosquitos for 1964’s 633 Squadron. The squadron is tasked with a secret mission to destroy an enemy factory. The film is based on a book by Frederick E. Smith and stars Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Harry Andrews and Angus Lennie. 

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Here’s some stills from the films:

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