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Iwo Jima - The Untold Story [DVD]
Iwo Jima - The Untold Story [DVD]
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iwo Jima Must Be Taken At All costs., 2 Dec. 2007
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From the time the first wave of marines went over to ships side and into the landing barges,they knew they must capture the island at all costs. It was imperative if the Americans were to have a landing base for their B29 Bombers.From Iwo Jima the bombers could bomb Japan and cause mass devestation,and damaged limping aircraft could make a touch down saving the air crews.Before the army airforce could get a foothold,the invading marines had to root out the entrenched Japanese and secure the island.The Japanese were equally determined to defend and hold the island,so they fought nail and tooth with Banzi attacks which was outright suicide. The Japanese methods were futile,but their Banzi attacks took their toll on the American marines,killing thousands.

When the thirty six days of fighting were over,they took time out to bury their dead.Laid out in lines and in body bags, the dead were burried with full military honors there names were were put on crosses marking their graves.A harrowing sight to behold of so many corpses,a terrible price to pay for the capture of an island.

The men that fought in the battle for Iwo Jima who are still alive,reflect of the ferocity of the battle and the price paid to secure the island. Watching the pictures of the dead brings home the fact, that they have mothers,they are the husbands of wives,the fathers of children. The untold story of the extreme price that they have paid,laying down their human life to secure an island called Iwo Jima. To eventuall secure an uncondittional surrender of Japan,to make a fanatical enemy finally give in after the droping of two atomic bombs.
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Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story
Quiet Hero: The Ira Hayes Story
by S. D. Nelson
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite unassuming Warrior, 29 Nov. 2007
Ira Hayes was a quite unassuming Indian warrior from the Puma tribe in Arizona.He as born in the Indian reservation at Sacaton. Ira was the eldest of four brothers born to poor farming people who tried desperatly to scratch a living from the soil. The American goverment made it imposible when they cut of the water supply. To use an American expression, they were dirt poor because they couldn't even feed themselves let alone sell their produce. In 1941 Ira's life changed dramatically,when on Sunday morning in 1941 Pearl Harbour was bombed in undeclared war causing devastation and terrible loss of life. Ira enlisted immediatly in United States Marine Corps along with his fellow Americans.Ira would leave the reservation for basic training as a marine,he would be earning regular pay as an enlisted marine,of which he would send money home. The life of a marine suited Ira because he now had genuine friends who's company he enjoyed.

Normally he was always a quite shy young man,but now through military training he would be looking out for them in the field of battle and they would look out for him,there was a genuine comraderie with his marine buddies. Ira would draw on that comraderie when he was going ashore on the island of Iwo Jima in a landing craft to take on the entrenched Japanese army of thousands. Ira was about to face a fanatical army who would sooner kill themselves rather than give in to the American army. Under the tenants of their Shinto religion, suicide was honorable.

Iwo Jima took thirty six days to capture and of Ira's platoon only 5 survived out of 54 maraines and out of a company of 250 only 27 survived.The bloodshed of the wounded and the death rate was terrible Thousands were wounded and thousands died.It was sickening to everybody involved in the battle of Iwo Jima.

While Ira was on the island of Iwo Jima he was involved in raising the stars and stripes of the American flag and his picture appeared in every newspaper in America. He was hailed a hero, an expression Ira hated,because as he himself said the real heros are lying dead never to come home.

By the time the war ended and Ira gor his release he was an alcoholic,and that made him drift back to his lonely drifting ways finding it hard to communicate,and unable to understand why he was called a hero,when all he was doing was his duty as an American Marine, fighting as an honorable warrior. Ira died in 1955 at the age of 33 and he was buried in Arlington Cemetary. We can call him a hero now, because he has laid down his human life from the rigors of war that he faces bravely,as a quite unassuming warrior.

Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Flags of our Fathers & Letters from Iwo Jima (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Ryan Phillippe
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars War is a dirty Business, 21 Nov. 2007
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I was pleased to say Flages Of Our Fathers wasen't gung ho,it showed what a dirty business war is.To see people you have come to know get killed in battle is a terrible shock.The American Marines were fighting a determined and ferocious enemy in the Japanses.Iwo Jima was part of their home land and they were going to defend it and keep it to the last man,they were entrenched and prepaired for the invading Americans . As the Americans tried to gain a foothold on the island they were cut down by the concealed Japanese,the loss of life and the maiming was terrible. When the film showed the four flag raisers come home and speak to the American public to encourage them to by war bonds to finance the war,they were out of their depth because they never at any time considered themselves,fund raisers or heroes.The film conveyed the fact that they were ordinary Americans fighting for their country. The real heroes were dead in body bags they had laid down their human lives. The film conveyed that there is nothing glamerous in war,war is a dirty business.Men will always fight in wars because they are told'they are told. ''you are fighting for your country'' The supreme sacrifice is always paid.Soldiers human lives.

Pierrepoint [DVD] [2006]
Pierrepoint [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Timothy Spall
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stoic and dignified in dealing with criminal murderers, 26 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Pierrepoint [DVD] [2006] (DVD)
Having read two books and watched the DVD on the hangman Pierrepoint.I could understand the fibre of the man,and how he was always serious calm and collected in dealing with any prisoners execution,what ever crimes they had committed.The DVD had inaccuracys in dealing with the Belsen camp guards executions.It was not a commisioned officer who was Pierrepoint's assistant,it was RSM O'Neil a warrent officer.A very able man because he spoke fluient German and was similar in manner to Pierrepoint. Irma Grese a women guard was heard screeming abuse at Pierrepoint,when in fact the only word she used was, ''schnell'' hurry up. Pierrepoint acted quickly, capped her then the noose and fly to the trap door lever,to cause instantanious death in the specified drop.The adulation Pierrepoint received on returning to his pub,after an execution would under no circumstances be tollerated.Pierrepoint is portrayed as a disturbed man,which was never the case,and his wife is shown to have access to his written records which was never true,she never at any time mentioned her husbands work as Hangman.The real Pierrepoint was a jovial man who was very cmplementary to women in particular. It is true that he did say at the end of his career as hangman.That hanging was revenge by the state,and he tendered his sesignation as the state executioner.He died at 82 years odf age and his wife lived to be 93.

The Asphalt Jungle [1950] [DVD]
The Asphalt Jungle [1950] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Sterling Hayden
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2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grafic and real, 22 Jun. 2007
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The seemy side of gangster life in America. Sam Gaffe as heir Doctor just out from the slammer wants to pull of a big diamond heist but needs money to set the deal up,he approaches a bookmaker who puts him on to a shady lawyer, played by Louise Calhern. But everything go's wrong they cant produce the money and they try and hood wink the people doing the job of stealing the diamonds, there is threats and gun play and one by one the gangsters meet their capture and for some death. Nothing is going right, until the final gengster in the robbery bleeds to death collapsing in a field with the horses he loves to play in gambling houses.Gradually they the gangsters have been brough down to nothing and It's the end.

The Rochdale Thunderbolt
The Rochdale Thunderbolt
by Jack Doughty
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective and successful as a fighter., 29 Aug. 2006
Jock McAvoy the Rochdale Thunderbolt the story of a rough tough primative fighter. he is shown as a man who feared no person in or out of the boxing ring. In Jack Doughty book Mcvoy is is shown as a man not to cross, as is recalled when he returned from America and never received the money he was expecting, he clearly had been cheated by a crooked American manager and a sports writer called Hurst. He was a man who knew fitness at the highest level, but when he caught Polio and was reduced to calipers on his legs he was devastated and became depressed and killed himself. Before he got to the stage of being reduced to a cripple, he had tasted glory in America and had trounced the world champion BABE Risko and had four fights with British champion Len Harvey. He was primative but very effective in the ring.

The Best Years Of Our Lives [VHS] [1946]
The Best Years Of Our Lives [VHS] [1946]

18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trying to Belong, 29 May 2006
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After being caught up in world war two in the services,the returning servicemen want to get jobs and pick their relationships with their wives and girl friends. They are returning to a differant atmosphere and they feel like strangers. It's tense and awkward because some hav lost limbs like Homer while serving in the navy, some have partners that have strayed into affairs, like the army air force bombadier. People of the civilian world no longer have time for them because the war is over,what they did as servicemen is now forgotten, gratatude is non exsistante. There are no special favours, like the ex sargient infantryman tries to give in his capacity as a banker. The best years of our lives are over we have to make out in the new civilian world.If this film were remade in todays world they would have spoken in a more grafic language as returning servicmen.A first class picture.

Random Harvest [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Random Harvest [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ronald Coleman
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12 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking Back In Time, 8 Jun. 2005
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A wonderful James Hilton story by the same title Random Harvest
The first world war is about to come to an end and Smith a British army officer suffereing from loss of memory is detained at the local asylum no one has come to claim him or made any inquiries abut him. In the 1918 celebrations and excitment Smith slips out the asylum doors and heads into the local town, where he is befriended by a music hall girl, they flee togeather to a cottage in Devon. They make a new life for themselves and Smithy as she calls him starts to get better,but tragedy strikes again when Smithy is knocked down by a taxi in Liverpool while going for a job interview on a newpaper. The shock of being in an accident and the blow to his head restores his memory, he remembers he is Charles Rainier a member of a wealthy industrialist family in Surrey,so he never returnes to the Devon cottage, but his wife searches for him determined to win him back as her husband, and there the story unfolds. A wonderful film of a marvelous story. I'm suprised nobody has remade this story in colour with new actors.

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