Classic War Stories (5 DVD BoxSet) The Longest Day/Sink The Bismark/The Desert Rats/Twelve OClock High/A Farewell To Arms & Classic War Movies (5 DVD BoxSet) Von Ryans Express/The Young Lions/The Hunters/The Sand Pebbles/The Desert Fox £4.95 @ Base - HotUKDeals
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The Longest Day (Dir. Ken Annakin and Andrew Marton, 1962): On June 6, 1944, the Allied Invasion of France marked the beginning of the end of Nazi domination over Europe. The attack involved 3,000,000 men, 11,000 planes and 4,000 ships, comprising the largest armada the world has ever seen.

Presented in the original black & white version, The Longest Day is a vivid, hour-by-hour re-creation of this historic event. Featuring a stellar international cast, and told from the perspectives of both sides, it is a fascinating look at the massive preparations, mistakes and random events that determined the outcome of one of the biggest battles in history.

Sink The Bismarck! (Dir. Lewis Gilbert, 1960): In the Spring of 1941, Nazi Germany's greatest battleship - the Bismarck, scourge of Atlantic shipping - is pinned down at her anchorage in Norway. Making a break for freedom and the safety of air cover from the Luftwaffe, the great ship is chased by the Royal Navy. Eventually, after heavy casualties, including the loss of HMS Hood, the Bismarck is finally trapped and sunk. Kenneth More stars as Captain Shepherd - the Admiralty's Director of Naval Operations - who, embittered by the death of his wife in an air raid, is assigned to this post just as the Bismarck makes its escape.

The Desert Rats (Dir. Robert Wise, 1953): Richard Burton stars in this exciting film about the courageous men who held off notorious German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, despite being hopelessly outnumbered. The year is 1941 and all that stands between Rommel and the Suez Canal is the fortress of Tobruk, which is manned only by a small Australian battalion, whom Captain MacRoberts (Burton) must whip into shape - fast!

James Mason co-stars in a stunning portrayal as Rommel in this stirring, action-packed story of the World War II heroes known as the Desert Rats.

Twelve O'Clock High (Dir. Henry King, 1949): Convinced an Air Force Commander is at breaking point, Brigadier General Savage (Gregory Peck) takes over his struggling bomber group. At first resentful and rebellious, the flyers gradually change as Savage guides them to amazing feats. But the stress of command soon takes its toll and the weary general reaches his own breaking point.

Authentic aerial battle footage and numerous acclaimed performances make Twelve O'Clock High a credible, stirring tale of courage and sacrifice.

A Farewell To Arms (Dir. Charles Vidor, 1957): This dense adaption of Ernest Hemingway's novel features Rock Hudson as American soldier Lt. Henry and his ill-fated love affair with British Nurse Catherine, portrayed by Jennifer Jones, during World War I.

The two lovers will stop at nothing to be together but Lt. Henry's internal struggles ultimately threaten the relationship. Hemingway's theme of questioning the nature of war and fighting is fully recognised under Charles Vidor's direction.
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Von Ryan's Express (1965): Colonel Joseph Ryan of the US Army Air Forces is shot down in Italy and taken to a prison camp populated by the Royal Army's 9th Fusiliers and run by sadistic commandant Battaglia. With the recent passing of their commanding colonel, the 9th Fusiliers under Major Eric Fincham must now answer to the new senior officer of the prisoners, Ryan. Also in the camp are several American prisoners who don't cotton to Major Fincham's stubborn passive resistance to Battaglia, passive resistance that has led to denial of clean clothes, soap, running water, and decent food. When two of the Americans are "arrested" by Fincham for trying to steal medicines being horded for escape attempts, Ryan points out the varied tunnels being built by Fincham's men to Battaglia in exchange for necessities, but is double-crossed by Battaglia. Ryan then fights back with an audacious order, which embarasses Battaglia and sends Ryan to a sweatbox to die. But Italy surrenders a few days later and Battaglia is taken prisoner and put to trial in which he will be executed, even though with Italy out of the war he is now a civilian.

Ryan disbands the trial and has Battaglia placed in the sweatbox, but a German overflight forces the battalion to flee for safety. After a day-night march, the escaped prisoners are trapped by German forces and herded onto a train, but not before their betrayer can stand and gloat at his victory, and earn Ryan seemingly permanent hatred by the British soldiers. Ryan, however, is not finished, and orchestrates an even more daring escape, seizing the train. But with German forces all around, and after escaping a bombing raid by British Lancasters, they must drive the train further north to escape the Germans and try for the only safe haven to be found.

The Young Lions (1958): Academy Award®-winning actor Marlon Brando captures the extraordinary contradictions and complexity of a decent man who winds up as a Nazi officer. The Young Lions tells the story of World War II from both sides. The American, represented by Montgomery Clift and Dean Martin. And the German, made tragically vivid by Brando....

The Hunters (1958): This classic war film features the talents of Robert Mitchum and Robert Wagner. Mitchum is Major Cleve Saville and Wagner is Lt. Ed Pell, two pilots with differing demeanors. Mitchum is more reserved, while Wagner is cockier. Amidst the drama of war, romance rears its head, giving the soldiers more than they can handle.

The Sand Pebbles (1966): It's the story of China, a slumbering giant that rouses itself to the cries of its people - and of the Americans who are caught in its bloody awakening. It's the story of Frenchy (Richard Attenborough), a crewman on the USS San Pablo who kidnaps his Chinese bride from the auction block. Most of all, it's the story of Jake Holman (Steve McQueen), a sailor who had given up trying to make peace with anything: including himself.

The Desert Fox (1951): In the early 40s, Rommel's juggernaut Afrika Korps dominated North Africa. But as the tide turned and he came to the painful realisation that his Fuhrer, to whom he had sworn allegiance, was destroying Germany, his ingrained sense of duty pushed him into a conspiracy against Hitler. Focusing on the latter part of Rommel's career, the flm portrays him as a dedicated soldier, sympathetic to his men and devoted to the art of waging war in a dignified, disciplined manner.

James Mason delivers a strong performance in the title role of this sympathetic study of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.; 'The Desert Fox' is an intimate look at one of the most respected tacticians of modern times, openly admitted by those who followed him into combat and those who faced him in the field of battle.

Edited By: andywedge on Mar 10, 2011 01:43
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Good deal andywedge
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Excellent Value!
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Excellent!

Just sent the details to a mate of mine who I know would be interested.

Thanks :)
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one long ass title lol

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