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  1. stgrhe

    stgrhe Active Member

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    Dunkirk is set to premiere in the US on the 21st of July.
     

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  2. ColHessler

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    I'll be going.
     
  3. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

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    Boss Lady and I will be seeing separate movies together.
     
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    rkline56 USS Oklahoma City CG5

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    With Tommy Shelby/Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy of the "Peaky Blinders". A great netflix series if anyone is interested. Manchester roaring twenties bootleggers/bookies/gun runners etc. Don't miss Solomon (Tom Hardy). Hardy developed the series Taboo and stars in an 1812 English drama. Also among the cast of The Revenant. Solomon is one of those characters for the ages.

    So far the Dunkirk trailers look awesome. murphy's character is shown in a bad light, so maybe the motor boat captain will turn him around.
     
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    My wife just ordered our tickets for the Sunday afternoon viewing. First time I've paid full price to see a new movie in a long time.

    I'm really stoked to see this. I hope I'm not setting myself up. Always get excited to see a movie with Spitfires in it.
     
  6. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

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    Ticket bought for 8:25 AM tomorrow.
     
  7. KodiakBeer

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    This gave me a chuckle! The USA Today review for Dunkirk complains about the lack of women and leading men of color in the film. Denzel Washington can improve most films and would make a terrific German general, and Oleg Kurylenko would make a dashing topless trawler skipper, but the director chose to go with mundane historical accuracy in his casting. I can live with that.

    "The trio of timelines can be jarring as you figure out how they all fit, and the fact that there are only a couple of women and no lead actors of color may rub some the wrong way."

    USA Today Complains About Lack of 'Women' and 'No Lead Actors of Color' in Movie 'Dunkirk'



     
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    That is truly ridiculous.
     
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    Headed to a Sunday matinee with the old man.
     
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    On the other hand, with the channel being as chilly as it is, Olga as a topless trawler skipper could be riveting!
     
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    Were any Senegalese, a term generally applied to black French colonial troops, evacuated at Dunkirk?

    What percentage of the French army in France were Senegalese? I have found a site that says in 1940 they were about 9% of the French army, but suspect that included troops in the colonies, not just in France. Don't know. From another site - "France sent a large portion of their colonial African soldiers to help defend the Maginot Line in May and June of 1940."

    What was their participation in holding the perimeter at Dunkirk?
     
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    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana WW2|ORG Editor

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    10% WOW!, 90% HOLY CRAP!!!!!

    Only problem I had was with the Spitfire and it's pilot at the end.
     
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    This may help: BBC - Press Office - Dunkirk facts & figures
     
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    It's possible there were some. The French forces in the perimeter were remnants of 1re and 7e Armee. 1re Armee had two "African" divisions, 2e DINA in III Corps and 5e DINA in V Corps, but most of them were lost in the attempt to breakout from the encirclement at Lille. In the DINA, two regiments were "Africans" and one was comprised from French colonists, but in reality they were pretty mixed, with both white and "African" officers and men. However, the "Africans" were actually typically Arabs and Berbers from French Morocco and Algeria and more rarely sub-Saharans.
     
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    Otto No More Half Measures WW2|ORG Editor

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    The USA today review is typical these days. Imagine how they would treat a classic film like The Great Escape? Not a single woman, not a single minority, and *gasp* the gender roles are binary!

    I'm eager to see the movie, but I'm tied up for a couple weeks and won't be able to catch it. Please post your reviews so I can enjoy it vicariously for now.
     
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    Any Kindle o ereaders, Amazon is offering
    The Miracle of Dunkirk: The True Story of Operation Dynamo ,Kindle Edition, did not mean to "shout ", on Amazon for 2 USD, today only. Tells you what size type I read !! :), it transferred here ? But first of 4 eye procedures done, successfully.

    Anything saying "The True Story" is suspect to me but it has 4.5 stars whatever that is worth.
     
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    The miracle was made possible due to the sacrifice of Molinié and his men. Churchill in his memoirs said that his epic resistance allowed 100.000 men to reembark. Another fact that is also rarely mentioned is the loss of 3000 civilian lives and 10.000 wounded. another interesting fact is the participation of 29 Dutch ships while their country wa already occupied.
     
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    Skipper, I always wondered about the fate of the French soldiers who defended the line around Dunkirk. . Did their survivors become regular POW's ? I have read somewhere, years ago, that many became virtual slave laborers. Any truth to that ? The lost of French citizens at Dunkirk and Normandy was tragic as well. But then think of all the citizens over Europe causes one to pause. I did not know about the Dutch but am nor surprised in the least, a country of fine character and bravery. I just finished reading the story of the 7 Dutch mayors of small towns taken away by the the Germans and their fate .

    I remain totally amazed that so many men survived Dunkirk, it seems impossible. Glad you noted the french and Dutch efforts.. I hope to see the movie soon and read the book above

    Sincères amitiés & vriendelijke groeten,

    Gaines

    PS, OpanaPointer, Thank you for the like .....GB
     
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    French soldiers and civilian "volunteers" were used harshly by German businesses, IIRC.
     
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    I enjoyed this movie. You just have to get used to them jumping between the land, sea and air. The Stuka sounds were really grating, as I'm sure they were in real life, and the performances were believable and not over done. Plus, it comes in at 1 hour, 45 minutes, so you don't get over tired, but it moves along at a good pace. :thumbup:
     

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