Krieg’s 15 Favorite British War Movies

Here is a list of British war films that I have found interesting. They’re mostly not in the literary film genre, but I like them in many cases because they conjure up war in unlikely places. A few are spy / military combos. This is not a “Best British War Movies” list; it’s an eccentric sampler of British war films that curious TLMers might explore.

A few (Dam Busters, Bridge Too Far, Zulu) are vigils that everyone knows. I tried, however, to avoid British Hollywood films like Bridge over the River Kwai and Guns of Navarone. Although technically British, they were produced as if they were American films.

  • The flag lieutenant (cowardice, 1932)
  • The path to follow(North Africa WWII, serious perspective of other ranks)
  • Sheltered (Yugoslav guerrillas WWII)
  • The cannons in Batasi
  • The Battle of River Plate (navy, WWII, South America)
  • The man who never was (spy / war)
  • Khartoum (Gen Gordon, etc.)
  • The planter’s wife (emergency malaise)
  • Zulu
  • The Cruel Sea
  • Ice cold to Alex
  • A bridge too far
  • Dam breakers
  • Against the wind (SOE ops in Belgium)
  • The battle of Britain

‘Kriegsakademie’ is the nom de guerre of a longtime Anglo-American participant in The best defense and Long walk discussion that shook more sand (and Laotian biting bugs) from his shorts than most of us walked. He looks forward to Kahiko’s further thoughts on the subject of British war films.

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