Couldn't agree more. Typically BBC luvvies unceremoniously dropped it into the schedule the other week in the small hours. And, when first released, in the US it went straight to video/disc - film was accurately nothing to do with Septics and wasn't contaminated with a pointless Septic in the cast, winning the war of course.
fresh faced trainee pilot KAREL VOJTISEK (Krystof Hadek), for passing his flying test. Soon afterwards, Franta and Karel escape Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and reach England, where they join the RAF. Both men fall in love with the same woman, SUSAN (Tara Fitzgerald). For Karel, Susan is his first love and the men's friendship is tested to its limit.
I had forgotten about this film - will order it from amazon as I missed the TV showing. I visited the War Museum in Prague couple of years ago - quite a lot of RAF stuff there but unfortunately all in Czech
The Germans had M47s, while the Yanks had M24 Chaffees. The latter were actually in use in limited numbers by the US Army at that time, so not too inaccurate. Also seen are M37 self-propelled howitzers, based on the M24 chassis. All vehicles were courtesy of the Spanish Army.
I remember that you said you liked Pearl Harbor from the WWFE thread, but I doubt that Dark Blue World is a rip-off as its release date was actually 4 days before that execrable film.
The writer/director and father/son team of Zdenek and Jan Sverak are well respected film-makers in their native Czech Republic. As well as using some of the same footage that BoB did, and some CGI, there was a huge amount of new material shot using the aeroplanes of the Old Flying Machine Company, which used to be run by the late Ray Hanna, one of the first leaders of the Red Arrows. His son, Mark, was killed flying one of the last remaining Me109s during the making of the film.
You can think what you like about the story, this film is worth watching for the flying sequences alone.