“Very good people. As you know, at the beginning of the war they weren’t too enamored by the Yanks comin’ over. They said we were “overpaid, oversexed and over here”. [chuckles] I remember that.” – V.G. Alexander
Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Apr 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Documentary about the brave men who served in the US Air Force during World War II and participating in the extremely dangerous bombing raids over Germany.
My Take on it – This is a documentary that I came across by accident.
I have always been a fan of the history of World War II and this film’s premise was right up my alley.
They do an amazing job here telling the story of some of the men who fought in the air battles over Germany during World War II, most notably during the mass bombing raids.
The unique aspect of this movie is the fact that they are able to take footage filmed at the time to be used as war propaganda and integrate interviews with some of the men who fought in those battles in order for us t get a much broader perspective on things.
Love the way that they are able to show us the different aspects of war that these men needed to deal with on a regular basis.
In addition, they touch upon many issues and themes that were quite pertinent to the kind of warfare that these men were involved in.
This helps us get a much clearer perspective on everything that these men and their comrades needed to deal with on a daily basis.
The footage used is unbelievable to watch and it gives us so much more insight into the kind of things that these men faced during this very difficult time in history.
The interviews are quite intriguing and in some instances get quite emotionally charged as these men discuss some of their lost comrades with whom they were quite close with during these combat situations three quarters of a Century ago.
It’s so enjoyable to see that these stories are being chronicled because these men who are still living are quite elderly and within a few more years, there will be no one around to recount these important tales first hand.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that is able to use real footage of the soldiers and pilots along with their missions with interviews with some of the surviving men who are able to tell us their perspective on things. The film does a great job showing us so many different aspects of this kind of war and touches upon so many subjects that allow for us to get a real idea of the kind of things these men and their comrades needed to go through on a daily basis. The footage shot was used as a moral booster back during the war but now serves as a great way to see the kind of lives and combat that these men were faced with during this very trying time. Some of these interviews get quite emotional as the men talk about long lost comrades who they spent so much time with 75 years ago. It’s great getting these stories chronicled because the men who fought back them are quite elderly and within a few more years there wont be anyone to tell us these stories first hand. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The Air Force has gone by a number of names since it’s creation in 1907. In 1926 it was designated as the US Army Air Corps / USAAC. That name was changed 20 June 1941 to US Army Air Forces / USAAF, simply known as the Army Air Forces. The Air Force retained the USAAF name through out WWII until as mentioned above it became a separate branch of the military in 1947, the US Air Force. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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