My uncle served in the 5th Army in these exact campaigns. He was shot twice on the way up the boot. His name was Dennis Pershing Stanley. He came home from the war and got a job working at a small post office as the post master. He would go to work, come home ,and except for work...he never left the house. He didn't leave the house at all after he retired ,until he died. He didn't talk to me hardly at all until I left home for 5 years during the Vietnam War. He would write me letters 2-3 times a month. When I came home after the war he was my best friend. He still stayed at home. I noticed except going to work and his house...I didn't go anywhere. I didn't really fell safe. He told me the worst thing about Italy was Monte Cassini. There was a huge Cathedral structure on top of a mountain and the Germans could see for miles around. They slaughtered the Army guys for weeks from the top of the mountain. The local people loved the place and it had been around for several hundred...
I bought this video because my husband's uncle fought in Italy during WW2, possibly with the 36th Division, 143rd Infantry Regiment, which took part in the Battle of San Pietro in Italy in 1943. We wanted to see what our "Uncle Bub" had gone through and could not have been more impressed with the work of the embedded filmographers. John Huston's team made the battle intensely personal, filming right in the middle of the action and highlighting the men who had participated with extreme close-ups and details. Even those who died in the battle were shown. The entire film, about 30-40 minutes, was very moving to us. We came away with a new respect and appreciation for our uncle (who returned safely from the war in 1945 but has since passed away). We thought the film was of reasonably good quality, considering the conditions under which it was made and the passage of time. We would very much recommend it to those interested in understanding this particular battle, troop...
I would say that this is a very dry look at this event. It's a film made by the US government perspective, very cautious and for lack of a better word, just not interesting. The narration has the potential to put one to sleep. There is little detail and or explanation of what is occurring or a larger picture view. This movie reminded me of the "History" movies they showed us in 3rd grade. No interviews with soldiers, or battle tactics - maybe I missed that?? This is about the movie-not about the veterans and the heroes that fought this battle- they are all deserving of our thanks and gratitude, they deserve to be called the greatest generation. Its just that this movie was disappointing and they deserve a better narration of events than what was shown.
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