Military TV & Movies

Many movies and television shows have been based on war and the military, always an engaging subject with elements of intense drama, far flung locations, and even humor.

Actress Irene Dunn with soldier at USO, World War II
Actress Irene Dunn with soldier at USO, World War II.

This page has some interesting links, but be sure to check the war movies on video listed on their own Olive-Drab.com page.

Today in WW II: 20 Sep 1943 Italy bisected as U.S and British forces meet at Eboli.   

Military TV and Movies

Actress Patricia Neal poses with soldiers during the 1950 filming of the science-fiction film classic The Day The Earth Stood Still.  Some of the military scenes in the movie were filmed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.  The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment supplied the vehicles, equipment, and soldiers for the movie segments depicting Army operations
Actress Patricia Neal poses with soldiers during the 1950 filming of the science-fiction film classic The Day The Earth Stood Still . Some of the military scenes in the movie were filmed at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment supplied the vehicles, equipment, and soldiers for the movie segments depicting Army operations.

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The Top 50 War Movies of all time, as rated by the Internet Movie Data Base, are listed on the linked page. If fifty isn't enough, this site lists their picks for the 100 Top War Movies.
The GI Film Festival will be held on Memorial Day Weekend each year in Washington, DC. The festival will honor the accomplishments and sacrifices of the American Armed Forces as recorded through the art of film. Many Hollywood celebrities and military people are taking part in the festival which will feature the work of film makers from around the world.
FutureWeapons is a Discovery Channel series that details the science behind the hardware of combat. Host Mack travels the world to reveal the weapons of the 21st Century battlefield. First show was on Monday, 15 January 2007.
Oliver North's War Stories is a combination of documentary footage, contemporary reporting, and Col. North's own personality, creating a unique and compelling TV show. Topics range from Vietnam, World War II or earlier history to issues today in the War on Terrorism. The series has spawned books and DVDs to add to other military writings by North.
Mail Call is R. Lee Ermey's award winning show on The History Channel that is full of military history and interesting facts. Each week viewers submit questions and Ermey (former Gy. Sgt., USMC) provides colorful answers backed up by film and sometimes live demonstrations. Ermey is the real Marine Sarge who played a Marine D.I. in the movie Full Metal Jacket . You can also buy the excellent Mail Call book. His website has several entrances here, here, and here. Visit them all.
M*A*S*H web site has everything you want to know (and more) about the MASH TV show. See also this page of FAQs from the alt.tv.mash news group. The real Korean War MASH units are described on this page of Olive-Drab.com. UPDATE: On 23 February 2008, there was a commemoration ceremony, marking the 25th anniversary of the M*A*S*H series finale, described on the linked page of Olive-Drab.com.
The Rat Patrol web site makes sure the popular TV show is not forgotten while the Rat Patrol Club on Yahoo provides a place to stop and chat about it.
Popeye 101. The history of Popeye -- is he Navy? Is he Coast Guard? Find out on the Popeye Fan Club web site.
The un-official Saving Private Ryan Online Encyclopedia describes the movie's characters, weapons, equipment and locations, as well as details regarding the film's authenticity. This is one of many SPR sites, so shop around for more if you are interested.
Warriors Inc advises film makers on military subjects, dedicated to achieving realism and accuracy based on the solid military experience and credentials of founder Captain Dale A. Dye, USMC (Ret.) and his cadre. Capt. Dye also hosts a radio show on the Los Angeles station KFI 640.

You can also search Amazon.comSearch Amazon.com for any military book or video, new or used, or any other Amazon item. The total number of books in existence is about 65 million, and Amazon's amazing inventory includes a lot of them plus VHS or DVD copies of most movies. Amazon.com also now includes CDs with military manuals or other government publications plus their site links to third party sellers with used copies of out of print volumes. Give Amazon.com a try, no matter what you are looking for -- you will rarely be disappointed.

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There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

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