Warfare Historians Rate 51 Military Battles In Movies And TV | How Real Is It? | Insider



War historians and military experts rate historical battle scenes in movies and television shows for realism.

Lt. Col. Matt Ziemann, an Air Force officer, is an instructor at the Air Force’s Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base. He has been a pilot for 26 years and has experience flying World War II-era planes. He rates the realism of World War II dogfight scenes in movies, such as “Dunkirk” (2017), starring Tom Hardy, and Michael Bay’s “Pearl Harbor” (2001), starring Ben Affleck.

John Curatola is the resident historian at The National WWII Museum and a retired Marine Corps officer. He discusses the accuracy of World War II battle scenes from “Saving Private Ryan” (1998), starring Tom Hanks; “Dunkirk”; and “Band of Brothers” E3 (2001), with Damian Lewis. He also comments on the weaponry used in “Fury” (2014), with Brad Pitt.

Garry Adelman, the chief historian at the American Battlefield Trust, rates nine American Civil War battles in movies. He comments on the Civil War-era artillery and rifles on display in “Glory” (1989), starring Matthew Broderick, Morgan Freeman, and Denzel Washington; and “Lincoln” (2012), starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones.

Alexander Watson, a World War I historian and professor of history at Goldsmiths, University of London, rates First World War battle scenes from movies and TV shows for realism. He discusses the accuracy of trench warfare in “All Quiet on the Western Front” (2022), “1917” (2019), and “Paths of Glory” (1957), starring Kirk Douglas.

Bill Allison is a professor of military history at Georgia Southern University. He rates the accuracy of Vietnam War movies, such as “Apocalypse Now” (1979), starring Marlon Brando; “Full Metal Jacket” (1987); and “Platoon” (1986), featuring Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen, and Johnny Depp. Allison breaks down additional battlefield tactics used by the Viet Cong, or VC, and People’s Army of Vietnam, or PAVN, shown in “Forrest Gump” (1994); “Hamburger Hill” (1987); and “The Deer Hunter” (1978), with Christopher Walken, Robert De Niro, and Meryl Streep.

Bill Allison

Lt. Col. Matt Ziemann and Air University

John Curatola and The National WWII Museum

Garry Adelman and the American Battlefield Trust

Alexander Watson
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Warfare Historians Rate 51 Military Battles In Movies And TV | How Real Is It? | Insider

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