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Excellent WWII documentary: Memphis Belle

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Memphis Belle is well worth watching if you’re at all interested in technical details of US Army Air Corps bombing missions over Germany in WWII—in fact an excellent complement to the episode “Plan of Attack” in the series Foyle’s War (Season 5). Memphis Belle is an impressive movie.

UPDATE: It occurs to me that male readers in the age range 18-24 might be especially interested in the documentary since it shows what some guys your age were doing in WWII: should be easy to empathize since you can readily put yourself in their shoes: same age as you. So you can think about your doing the things depicted in the documentary.

Written by Leisureguy

10 March 2012 at 10:13 am

Posted in Military, Movies & TV

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  1. Ah, your blog is the one which must have mentioned Foyle’s War a while back. Based on your recommendation, I picked it up on Amazon Prime and enjoyed it very much. Thanks for that! I discovered that after series 3, payment was expected. Still, it was well worth buying the series as rental wasn’t an option. It was very well done and I learned a lot about wartime Britain. Have been looking for other movies, TV, etc. set in that time period, so thanks for the recommendation of Memphis Belle.

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    pwillow1

    10 March 2012 at 3:36 pm

  2. I use Netflix in addition to Amazon Prime because the charges are less with Netflix (flat rate vs. per-item pricing). I think you’ll find Memphis Belle fascinating. Curtis Le May went on to command the Strategic Air Command and was (I believe) the force behind the decision to have always aloft bombers carrying hydrogen bombs as a deterrent. After several accidents involving loss of bombs, RAND showed clearly that this was an extremely high-risk strategy, and it was discontinued and, I imagine, ended Le May’s career. (That’s all based on extremely vague recollection. The Wikipedia article on Curtis Le May will have more (and more accurate) information.)

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    LeisureGuy

    11 March 2012 at 7:03 am

  3. I watched the “Memphis Belle” documentary last night and enjoyed it, so thanks again! Years ago I had watched the Hollywood movie “Memphis Belle” with Matthew Modine and enjoyed that, too, so this documentary was a nice fill-in. I’m currently browsing through Netflix for any documentaries about WWII and found a treasure trove including “The Color of War” which has color footage from that era. I’ve just started it. (I love watching online because I can pause the action and go googling for something I want more information on. Why oh why couldn’t I have had this type of education when I was growing up?)

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    pwillow1

    11 March 2012 at 1:53 pm

  4. Two more suggestions, those mentioned in this post. I recommend the Cameron as the second in the sequence.

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    LeisureGuy

    11 March 2012 at 4:51 pm


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