A very happy Independence Day to you, and Treason Day to my friends from across the pond. Who knew that a bunch of hot-headed vandals from Boston would create all of this by throwing some tea in Boston Harbor. Sounds like the guys I grew up with.
We’re celebrating our 243rd year of independence from Great Britain. My erstwhile rucking partner and buddy—my English Bulldog, who was born on the 4th of July—and I will get an early start and binge a bunch of military films. Since we recently celebrated the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings less than a month ago, we decided this year will be a strictly World War II binge affair.
And yes, there are tons of great period war films, so to narrow it down to just five is tough, but here’s what’s playing at our hacienda this year. Feel free to come over and enjoy them with us, but knock loud—the surround sound will be cranked up to drown out the bulldog’s snoring.
5. “The Great Raid” (2002)
A well-made and underrated film that never had a chance with audiences after Miramax sat on it for over a year and gave it little fanfare when it was finally released. It’s a true story of the 6th Ranger Battalion that rescued more than 500 prisoners from the Bataan Death March in the Philippines. As the Japanese were forced back across their shrinking empire, they were killing POWs. The Rangers were tasked with getting into position at the POW camp in Cabanatuan far behind Japanese lines and get the prisoners out before they could be executed.