What film have you just watched?

He does alright for a failed porridge wog solicitor...........he always seems to stick a knife into someones skull.
That time spent in the Law Society of Scotland was well spent, then.
 

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Remember that the Germans appropriated Czech French Dutch Polish and of course Belgium weapons for redistribution

The Austrian part of the war machine had of course sauer pistols

Standardisation never really occurred when fighting everyone
Did they have many Spanish and Italian ones designed after wars end, though? I was commenting more on the "traditions" of the movie industry rather than actual history. German movie officers invariably have a Luger for that "authentic" bit of set-dressing - but if you look at a lot of period photos many officers pack a holster more suited to something PPK-sized rather than Luger or P38-sized.

In the same vein, lots of MP40 porn on show but you never see a Bergmann (except the odd naval-based movie - I vaguely recall that you see one in Above Us The Waves when the resistance guy is sneaking past the sentries on the coastal batteries). Similarly, it's rare to see a British seaman in a war movie sporting a Lanchester.

Let's not forget also that the PPSh41 was popular with German troops, too, and I can only think of one movie I've seen where that is depicted.
 
Try the Russian ones. They are different and not always what you'd expect if you're a cold War warrior.
Also the Korean ones too. Quite often they have head scratcher moments as you try to figure out why a character has done something but by and large very enjoyable, the historical Korean ones are great.
Thanks for that - I’ll give them a go. Any recommendations?
 
Did they have many Spanish and Italian ones designed after wars end, though? I was commenting more on the "traditions" of the movie industry rather than actual history. German movie officers invariably have a Luger for that "authentic" bit of set-dressing - but if you look at a lot of period photos many officers pack a holster more suited to something PPK-sized rather than Luger or P38-sized.

In the same vein, lots of MP40 porn on show but you never see a Bergmann (except the odd naval-based movie - I vaguely recall that you see one in Above Us The Waves when the resistance guy is sneaking past the sentries on the coastal batteries). Similarly, it's rare to see a British seaman in a war movie sporting a Lanchester.

Let's not forget also that the PPSh41 was popular with German troops, too, and I can only think of one movie I've seen where that is depicted.

I wasn’t critiquing merely observing that the Germans were able to use everything and anything

Who can ignore GIs in Anzio with .303s
 

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Thanks for that - I’ll give them a go. Any recommendations?

Oh, drive-by recommendation time - "White Tiger", the 2012 Russian war film. Meant to be quite good, or at least I remember being told it was.

And from its Wikipedia page it sounds madder than a box of vodka-laced chocolate frogs:

 

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I wasn’t critiquing merely observing that the Germans were able to use everything and anything

Who can ignore GIs in Anzio with .303s
It's just occurred to me that in the battle scene just before I chinned it off for a decent WWII flick a lot of the CETMEs or whatever they were didn't have mags on, even in close up. Still all furiously chattering away on full auto, though.
 

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Oh, drive-by recommendation time - "White Tiger", the 2012 Russian war film. Meant to be quite good, or at least I remember being told it was.

And from its Wikipedia page it sounds madder than a box of vodka-laced chocolate frogs:

9th Company is good, too.

Although perhaps not, if you're an Afghan veteran...
 
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Escape From Pretoria. Pretty damn good, despite Harry Potter's dodgy Sith Ifrican accent. I have to wonder at the advisability of getting into a blacks-only taxi at the end, though. With the alarm raised and the cops on alert three whites in a non-white taxi is going to attract more than a flag-down and some stern words of advice, meneer!
Did they really use wooden keys?
 
9th Company is good, too.

Although perhaps not, if you're and Afghan veteran...

I wasn't impressed by the movie but it did seem to show how poorly trained most of the Soviet troops were - limited fieldcraft skills, poor battlefield discipline (lack of sentries when in the field, discarded rubbish left outside the wire etc).

There are some better films around I but I haven't been able to find the English subtitle files.

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Try this film - generally thought to be much more accurate and apparently the Afghanstii think so too.

Afghan Breakdown


You can watch it online with subtitles but you can't download it with the subtitles (which is why I haven't seen it yet).

However, another quick Google search finally came up with the subtitle file here:

Afghan Breakdown subtitle (.srt file)

To add the subtitles make sure the film (mp4 format) and the subtitle file (.srt) are in the same directory and ensure that the filename for both files is identical (otherwise it won't work).

Edited to add:

Just watched Afghan Breakdown with the subtitles - somewhat confusing as the subtitles often don't make much sense. The wiki page explains the plot however so it is probably worth reading this first:

Afghan Breakdown plot

Having said that the film does show the decline of the Soviet forces in Afghan (the market scene is quite effective) and there is lots of tank and BMP porn for those who like that sort of thing :)
 
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Somehow got to talking about the film with a 20 something colleague today who didn’t know who they were. I guess it’s another one of those generational checks one asks of others such do they know what a Nissan hut is.
Is that a Japanese knock-off Nissen hut?
 
Did we watch the same film? I thought it was dreadful and totally pointless.

The script was shite and the cast made the best of it, but with a bottle of wine down your neck, I thought it was quite entertaining, given the alternative of recycling one of the fils you've probably watched two or three times during the last 12 months of the delightful lock-down.

Thats said, I'll tone it down from 'well worth a watch' to 'worth a watch if you've necked a bottle of wine and are looking for some entertainment playing in the background while you read a book and the mrs watches it'
 

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I wasn't impressed by the movie but it did seem to show how poorly trained most of the Soviet troops were - limited fieldcraft skills, poor battlefield discipline (lack of sentries when in the field, discarded rubbish left outside the wire etc).

There are some better films around I but I haven't been able to find the with English subtitle files.
I just like it for the airborne pornography in the battle scene.
 

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Just out of curiosity, I got hold of "White Tiger". It's a fantastic film. Pure unadulterated German, American, British and Russian tank, small-arms, uniform, towed artillery, SPG and scenery porn. (Including the two main types of T-34, SU-122 and SU-152s, and a very good field-dressed IS2 as the titular Boxhead panzer. Oh yeah, and there is a Matilda and a Lee that show up in the background as well.)

Good acting from a cast that looks spot-on for the most part in terms of general body type for tank crews of Russian origin, i.e. short, but as I said in my last post, it's madder than a box of vodka-laced chocolate frogs.

The third act, as we movie snobs call it, is rather odd, and GröFaZ shows up at the very end of the film.

I'd give it five weirdly-shaped Russian tank-crew helmets out of five, even with the weird shit.
 

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Gorky Park. SOviet-based whodunnit. Good cast, good flick - although against modern picture quality and colour depth it looks a little dated. However, that just adds to the Soviet feel, what with them lagging behind the west in development and technological advances n'all that.
 
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