John Kettler Posted August 20, 2012 Share Posted August 20, 2012 Everyone, As you'll see from this marvel, it's the wrong theater, but the "toolbox" is right for CMFI and therefore, highly relevant. This is war seen from all sorts of unusual angles, expertly directed by one of the grand old gentlemen of Hollywood, Jack Hively, whom I was proud to call my friend many years ago when I lived aboard my boat in Marina Del Rey, California. Probably in his eighties when I met him, Jack, who directed the original "Black Beauty," had his boat on the same pier I did, and it was my privilege to know him. During the war, he was on MacArthur's staff, and he put this gem together. For reasons unknown, it's taken me decades to finally get to see this, but I give you "Attack! The Battle of New Britain." I've seen tons of WW II documentary footage, but nothing has ever brought things into quite the focus Jack manages to do here. While we assuredly get the big picture, he tells the story from the most intimate and nitty gritty level--war as seen by the participants. There is a grit and immediacy here that at times makes one cringe and the skin crawl. You can feel the jungle heat, the humidity, your waterlogged boots. You don't have to wonder any more about being under fire, for you can see it happen, flinch as it happens. There may be a Sherman as a shield, but when the MG opens up, the squad hits the deck, leaving the Sherman apparently alone in the jungle. Most of the U.S. weapons are shown in action--up through 105mm howitzer, plus all kinds of naval gunfire and rockets. The PTO modders may lose their minds! This doc is both groggy and moving. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxBHD0sjW90 Regards, John Kettler 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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