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Posted on Mar 11, 2009 in Armchair Reading

May 2009 Issue – Ike’s Warriors

Gerald D. Swick


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In this issue, you’ll learn

  • What karaoke and an NFL Pro Bowler have to do with helping vets and their familes
  • How an "incorrigible rogue" inspired his unit in World War I
  • Who were Eisenhower’s battle-winning generals (besides Bradley and Patton)
  • What Russian military genius changed the course of Western history

PLUS

  • Eavesdrop on General Dwight Eisenhower during the Battle of the Bulge
  • Test your own decision-making skills with interactive features set in Burma and on Tarawa
  • Reviews of six PC war games
  • Hidden Gems: War movies on DVD that might not be on your radar
  • Play It! Play the history you read
  • Command Decision # 32: Marines at Tarawa, 1943
  • Command Decision # 31: German Glider Assault Crete, 1941, Outcome and Analysis
  • Mailbag
  • ONLINE EXTRA: Sgt. Alvin York Commemorative photos of ceremony and artifacts from battle site

 

    
       
 
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3 Comments

  1. i WAS SO GLAD TO SEE THAT”ATTACK” WAS REVIEWED BECAUSE OF THE SUBJECT MATTER IT GOT NO COOPERATION WHATSOVER FROM THE ARMY, WHICH IS WHY YOU SEE THE GERMANS WITH WATER-COOLED MACHINE GUNS AND STUART TANKS (FILMED AT LOW ANGLES TO MAKE THEM LOOK BIGGER) AS PANZERS. THE PERFORMANCES MAKE THIS FILM-IY MAY BE JACK PALANCE’S BEST PERFORMANCE AS THE FATALISTIC, SARDONIC LT. JOE COSTA, DEFINITELY A MAN YOU WANT IN YOUR FOXHOLE, BUT VERY MUCH ON THE EDGE OF MADNESS, A ROLE PALANCE COULD DEFINITELY PLAY. EDDIE ALBERT, USUALLY CONSIDERED A LIGHTWEIGHT ACTOR HAS HIS CHOICEST ROLE HERE AS THE INCOMPETENT, COWARDLY, ALCOHOLIC CPT ERSKINE COONEY. ALBERT ELICITS SHEER CONTEMPT FROM THE VIEWER. THIS PERFORMANCE BOOKENDS WITH HIS COL BLISS IN CPT NEWMAN MD. LEE MARVIN AS COL CLYDE BARTLETT, A CONNIVING MANIPULATIVE GOOD OL BOY FROM RIVERVIEW WITH A TASTE FOR CIGARS AND BONDED LIQUOR-HE IS COMPARABLE TO FRED MACMURRAY’S CHARACTER IN TEH CAINE MUTINY. BUDDY EBSEN IS GREAT AS PALANCES’S PLATOON SGT. RICHARD JAECKEL MAKES HIS UMPYEENTH APPEARANCE IN COMBAT FATIGUES. RICHARD STRAUSS REPRISES HIS ROLE OF ANIMAL IN STALAG 17, BUT IT’S NEEDED HERE AS EVERYONE ELSE IS SO GRIM BEST SCENES: THE DETERIORATION OF THE CARD GAME BETWEEN COSTA, COONEY, BARTLETT AND WOODRUFF(THE CO EXEC, AND THE ACTUAL ISHMAEL OF THIS STORY, PLAYED BY AN UNKNOWN),EBSEN TELLING COONEY THAT A MAN DON’T DRINK WITH SOMEONE IF HE DON’T RESPECT HIM, COSTA THREATENING TO SHOVE A GRENADE DOWN COONEY’S THROAT IF HE LOSES ANOTHER MAN ON ACCOUNT OF HIM, COSTA PRAYING BEFORE HE FALLS BACK WHILE UNDER FIRE, BARTLETT MOCKING COONEY ” CLYDE, I TRIED ” WHEN THE GERMANS BREAK THROUGH, AND THE LOOK ON COONEY’S FACE WHEN HE ATTEMPTS TO SURRENDER AND LOOKS UP THE STAIRS-WHAT’S THERE IS WHO HE FEARS MORE THAN CLYDE OR THE ENEMY!!!

  2. For my part, I was glad to see the inclusion of “Saints and Soldiers” in the article on five lesser-known WWII movies. I haven’t seen that movie yet but from what I heard it is very good.

    Regards,
    Alex Wilson

  3. “Ike’s Warriors” was as appalling and dishonest an article on General Eisenhower as any I’ve read.

    It’s yet another puff piece, in a seemingly endless series of puff pieces written by American historians, that tries to portray Eisenhower, one of the most inept and incompetent military commanders of WWII, as the second coming of Alexander the Great.

    I gave the article zero marks.

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