Battles on Screen: World War II Action Movies

Battles on Screen: World War II Action Movies

by Colin M Barron


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The Second World War was one of the defining historical events of the Twentieth Century. This global conflict was responsible for enormous trials and great heroism, and the horrors and gallantry that it inspired have formed the basis of some of the most striking movies ever committed to celluloid.

From the author of Planes on Film, Battles on Screen offers both an analysis and celebration of cinema’s engagement with World War II, discussing the actors, the locations, the vehicles and the production teams responsible for bringing these epics to life. Reaching across the decades, the impact and effectiveness of many classic war films are examined in detail, complete with full listings of their cast and crew.

Ranging from the real–life figures and historical events which lay behind many of these features to the behind-the-scenes challenges that confronted the film crews at the time of their production, Battles on Screen contains facts, statistics and critical commentary to satisfy even the most stalwart fan of the war movie genre.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995589704
Publisher: Extremis Publishing Ltd.
Publication date: 11/30/2017
Pages: 514
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 1.03(d)

About the Author

Dr Colin M. Barron was born in Greenock, Scotland in 1956, and was educated at Greenock Academy (1961-74) and Glasgow University (1974-79) where he graduated in Medicine (M.B. Ch.B.) in 1979. He worked for the next five years in hospital medicine, eventually becoming a Registrar in Ophthalmology at Gartnavel General Hospital and Glasgow Eye Infirmary.

In December 1984 he left the National Health Service to set up Ashlea Nursing Home in Callander, which he established with his first wife Sandra and ran until 1999. He was the chairman of the Scottish branch of the British Federation of Care Home Proprietors (BFCHP) from 1985 to 1991, and then a founding member and chairman of the Scottish Association of Care Home Owners (SACHO) from 1991 to 1999.

Colin has a particular interest in writing - his first non-fiction book Running Your Own Private Residential and Nursing Home was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 1990. He has also written around 150 articles for various publications including This Caring Business, The Glasgow Herald, Caring Times, Care Weekly, The British Medical Journal, The Hypnotherapist, The Thought Field and many others. He was a regular columnist for This Caring Business between 1991 and 1999.

Colin has always had a special interest in hypnosis and alternative medicine. In 1999 he completed a one-year Diploma course in hypnotherapy and neuro-linguistic programming with the British Society of Clinical and Medical Ericksonian Hypnosis (BSCMEH), an organisation created by Stephen Brooks who was the first person in the UK to teach Ericksonian Hypnosis. He has also trained with the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH) and with Valerie Austin, who is a top Harley Street hypnotherapist. Colin is also a licensed NLP practitioner. In 1992 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Health (FRSH). He is a former member of various societies including the British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis - Scotland (BSMDH), the British Thought Field Therapy Association (BTFTA), the Association for Thought Field Therapy (ATFT), the British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA), and the Hypnotherapy Association.

Colin has been using TFT since early in 2000, and in November 2001 he became the first British person to qualify as a Voice Technology TFT practitioner. He used to work from home in Dunblane and at the Glasgow Nuffield Hospital. Colin has also gained 40 years of experience in public speaking, and did some training with the John May School of Public Speaking in London in January 1990. His interests include walking, cycling, military history, aviation, plastic modelling, and reading.

For more details about Colin and his work, please visit his website at:

Table of Contents

Introduction (Page 1)

1. Sink the Bismarck (1960) (Page 7)

2. The Guns of Navarone (1961) (Page 39)

3. The Longest Day (1962) (Page 83)

4. Battle of the Bulge (1965) (Page 127)

5. Where Eagles Dare (1968) (Page 175)

6. The Bridge at Remagen (1969) (Page 223)

7. Kelly’s Heroes (1970) (Page 257)

8. The Eagle Has Landed (1976) (Page 297)

9. A Bridge Too Far (1977) (Page 335)

10. Saving Private Ryan (1998) (Page 391)

Neglected World War II Classics (Page 435)

Appendix I: Military vehicles and artillery used in A Bridge Too Far (Page 451)

Appendix II: Aircraft used in A Bridge Too Far (Page 455)

Appendix III: Vehicles and artillery acquired for use in Saving Private Ryan (Page 457)

Appendix IV: Aircraft used in Saving Private Ryan (Page 461)

References (Page 463)

Index (Page 467)

About the Author (Page 489)

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