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  • War Movie Leadership Watchalong 2013

    I'm inviting anyone interested to join in watching some war movies that feature leadership. One per month in the year 2013. We'll discuss leadership traits exemplified by characters in the films. Here is the tentative list:

    Zulu
    Patton
    Platoon (Elias vs. Barnes)
    Glory
    We Were Soldiers
    Cross of Iron (Steiner vs. Stransky)
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Pork Chop Hill
    12 O'Clock High
    Henry V
    The Desert Fox
    Das Boot

    I am open to suggestions. Please help.

  • #2
    Gettysburg.
    Band of Brothers
    "The blade itself incites to deeds of violence".

    Homer


    BoRG

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    • #3
      Flight of the Intruders
      Apocalypse Now
      Full Metal Jacket
      Stalingrad
      Enemy at the Gates
      A Bridge to Far

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      • #4
        What? No "Operation Petticoat" on the list?

        It is a comedy, but Carry Grant, who plays the sub's captain, demonstrates great leadership in keeping his boat fighting fit, despite all the out-of-the-ordinary - and comical - circumstances that he must deal with.

        Great movie about leadership, with the added chuckles.

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        • #5
          Battle of Britain
          Longest Day
          Saving Private Ryan
          Hunt For Red October
          Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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          • #6
            Thanks for the great suggestions. I need to clarify a bit. I am looking for movies that have one predominant leader or two contrasting leaders. This is why I do not think movies like The Longest Day or Battle of Britain fit. Band of Brothers is excellent with the dynamic of Sobel vs. Winters but I do not want a miniseries.

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            • #7
              This sounds fun. My dad and brothers were big wargame nuts and always dragged me in and we would discuss the whys and hows of what happened. Then, as a ROTC kid we would read a book and discuss the same. I remember one thing where we read the Killer Angels and then visited Gettysburg and discussed the leadership issues.

              I think Battle of Britain may be in good in contrasting Hugh Dowding and Leigh Mallory vs. Goering.
              TTFN

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              • #8
                The Crossing (American Revolution)
                Midway
                Waterloo
                Black Hawk Down
                TTFN

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                • #9
                  For small unit leadership,
                  "The Cockleshell Heroes" (1955) is second to none IMO.
                  I especially liked the part where the methods of the unorthodox officer to train the marines are not working
                  and he seeks advice from his more traditional oriented 2IC.
                  BoRG

                  You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Major Sennef View Post
                    For small unit leadership,
                    "The Cockleshell Heroes" (1955) is second to none IMO.
                    I especially liked the part where the methods of the unorthodox officer to train the marines are not working
                    and he seeks advice from his more traditional oriented 2IC.
                    Excellent choice. I watched it in class during my infantry officer training for class discussion about leadership following the movie.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Capt AFB View Post
                      Excellent choice. I watched it in class during my infantry officer training for class discussion about leadership following the movie.
                      I wish I had undergone an as imaginative selection process as the one shown in this movie
                      BoRG

                      You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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