Appreciate that Rat. Like most of my generation, I grew up on WWII movies, TV shows and comics. Always had a fascination for the weapons of that era.Congrats on that fine choice in American battle rifles! I think I have a bag of clean brass somewhere if your interested....just let me know
Hey, that's where I got my interest in the Thompson from as well! Used to love that show as a kid and have it on DVD now and still enjoy it a lot.yeah, I hear ya...Combat was the show that started my fascination with the Thompson and the Garand....I recently bought a M1 Carbine but I'm almost embarrassed to say what I paid. Prolly never afford a Thompson. My Department had two in their wooden boxes in their display case from the 1940's. I just traded for a 1954 M1 from a guy who took it apart and couldn't get it back together and gave up. So my collection is pretty much complete....
One other thing was, as I read later was that they "flew more low-level missions than a near-sighted crop duster", since oxygen masks cover up the actor's mugs, and we can't have that, can we?12 O' clock high was a great movie. I read they showed it to Curtiss LeMay and told him beforehand that one thing in it was not authentic but he probably wouldn't notice it. After the movie he asked what it was he didn't see anything. They told him it was the engine sounds of the German fighters which the bomber crews couldn't really hear.
I thought the CBS series JAG did a respectful enough job when it picked up the A'stan war theme early in it's 2001 season. Even one of its central characters, Bud Roberts, lost his lower right leg to a landmine trying to save a child at the end of the season.Rat, you're absolutely correct. We have been at war for 12 years now, but Hollywood has no idea how to approach this.
Most of the movies that have been made about the military and the Middle East have been anti-military and anti-war. .......
Tommy, I confess I never watched JAG, but I am a fan of NCIS. They hit the radical Islamist theme pretty hard for a few years, which was refreshing. They have backed off of that though, in favor of the big baddies being Big Business or rogue government entities the last few seasons. I think it coincides with the departure of Don Bellisario, the series creator and producer. I liked Over There and was sorry to see it cancelled so quickly.I thought the CBS series JAG did a respectful enough job when it picked up the A'stan war theme early in it's 2001 season. Even one of its central characters, Bud Roberts, lost his lower right leg to a landmine trying to save a child at the end of the season.
There were a couple of other shows. Over There was about the war, it only lasted one season if that and while respectful enough it just didn't attract enough viewers. THREAT MATRIX was very much the same dealing with the more clandestine aspects of the war, but it too failed to bring in the audience.
Yeah ... I think the Vietnam War really sorta gave the U.S. Military a "black eye." It was very hard to recover from that and maybe we're not even fully recovered.....Guess my point is that it seems it is very difficult to get a green light for pro-military projects in Hollywood, even though there is a definite market for them. The only explanation I can think of is that the powers that be, from studio directors on down, just don't like them.