66 Years Ago
66 years ago today was D-Day. Thanks Guys
Good time to watch Saving Private Ryan. In my opinion, the best war film ever made. Tom Hanks' most unrecognized great performance, his best in my view.
You know, it's funny, growing up in the 60's and early 70's we were fed a steady diet of lame American made WWII movies that portrayed the German Wehrmacht as bumbling fools. The reality was they were the hardest core, smartest, most experienced combat troops in modern history, and the main reason that it took so long after D-Day for the Allies to conquer Germany. The Germans were outmanned, outgunned, out-bombed, out-everything-ed. They persevered. It's an insult to the brave Americans, Brits and other Allies who fought them to portray them as anything but the fiercest adversary.
One of the most compelling scenes in any war film comes at the end of Band of Brothers. A defeated German officer is addressing his troops in Austria as they surrender to the Americans. His speech is interpreted for the American troops listening nearby, and it is quite poignant. It underscores that for the most part, German boys were just fighting and dying for their homeland, no matter how twisted the German leadership at the time.