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When Eagles Dared


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Preface: War and Remembrance Acknowledgements Theatres of War: An Introduction to World War II Chapter 1: The Fall of France (1940) Key films featured: The Lion Has Wings, The Battle of the River Plate, Dunkirk, Mrs Miniver, Eagles Over London Chapter 2: The War in the Skies (1940-45) Key films featured: Battle of Britain, Angels One Five, Reach for the Sky, The Way to the Stars, The Dam Busters, 633 Squadron Chapter 3: The War at Sea (1940-45) Key films featured: In Which We Serve, The Cruel Sea, Sink the Bismarck!, Above Us the Waves Chapter 4: The Pacific War (1941-42) Key films featured: Tora! Tora! Tora!, Pearl Harbor, From Here to Eternity, They Were Expendable, Midway Chapter 5: The Submarine War (1940-45) Key films featured: 49th Parallel, Crash Dive, We Dive at Dawn, The Enemy Below, Das Boot, Torpedo Run, Operation Pacific, Murphy's War Chapter 6: The War in the Med (1940-45) Key films featured: Ill Met by Moonlight, Malta Story, The Guns of Navarone, Escape to Athena, The Battle on the River Neretva, The Secret Invasion, Force 10 from Navarone Chapter 7: The Desert War (1940-43) Key films featured: The Desert Fox, Ice Cold in Alex, Tobruk, The Battle of El Alamein, Play Dirty, Commandos, Patton, The Big Red One Chapter 8: War Behind the Wire (1940-45) Key films featured: The Wooden Horse, The Colditz Story, The Great Escape, Von Ryan's Express, The One That Got Away, The McKenzie Break, Escape to Victory Chapter 9: The War in the Far East (1941-45) Key films featured: The Bridge on the River Kwai, Return from the River Kwai, King Rat, The Long and the Short and the Tall, Never So Few, Merrill's Marauders, Objective, Burma! Chapter 10: The Eastern Front (1941-45) Key films featured: Stalingrad, Come and See, Cross of Iron, The Star, Kanal Chapter 11: The Battle for Italy (1943-45) Key films featured: A Walk in the Sun, G.I. Joe, Anzio, To Hell and Back, Salt in the Wound, Rome Open City, Paisa, The Last Days of Mussolini Chapter 12: Special Ops in Europe (1940-44) Key films featured: The Cockleshell Heroes, The Heroes of Telemark, Max Manus, Flame & Citron, Operation: Daybreak, Went the Day Well?, The Eagle Has Landed, The Dirty Dozen Chapter 13: Special Ops in Europe II (1944-45) Key films featured: Where Eagles Dare, Valkyrie, Operation Crossbow, The Dirty Heroes Chapter 14: The D-Day Landings (1944) Key films featured: Overlord, D-Day the Sixth of June, The Longest Day Chapter 15: The Battle for France (1944) Key films featured: Saving Private Ryan, Is Paris Burning?, The Train, Kelly's Heroes, Days of Glory, The Inglorious Bastards, Inglourious Basterds Chapter 16: Operation Market Garden (1944) Key films featured: The Last Drop, A Bridge Too Far Chapter 17: The Pacific War II (1942-45) Key films featured: Guadalcanal Diary, The Thin Red Line, In Harm's Way, MacArthur, Sands of Iwo Jima, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters from Iwo Jima, None But the Brave, Hell in the Pacific Chapter 18: The Ardennes Offensive (1944-45) Key films featured: Hell is for Heroes, Attack, Battle of the Bulge, Battleground, The Bridge at Remagen Epilogue Key films featured: Downfall, The Fifth Day of Peace, Ashes and Diamonds, Germany Year Zero, Hiroshima Mon Amour Bibliography Index

About the Author

Filmwriter Howard Hughes is the author of Aim for the Heart: The Films of Clint Eastwood and of the Filmgoers' Guides: Stagecoach to Tombstone: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Westerns; Crime Wave: The Filmgoers' Guide to the Great Crime Movies; and Once Upon a Time in the Italian West: The Filmgoers' Guide to Spaghetti Westerns . Currently Hughes resides in Huntington, UK.


"Hughes is a fan and his enthusiasm, as well as his research, shines through." -- Keith Richmond, Tribune Magazine (UK) Praise for Stagecoach to Tombstone "Written with panache and fresh insight . . . buy it!" --Dave Worrall, Cinema Retro "A deftly written collection of essays, full of fascinating insight, this will be a must for fellow travellers on the sagebrush trail." --Howard Maxford, Film Review "Hold your horses for next month's release of Stagecoach to Tombstone: The Filmgoer's Guide to Great Westerns, author Howard Hughes' detailed tome on 27 classic films." --Newsday.com

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