The following is a guest post by Charles Holmes, an Army MAJ-turned-civilian and creator of Part-Time-Commander.com
I’m a big military movie buff. I love watching movies from many different time periods. While the WW2 Movies are normally my favorite type of war movies, I’m also a big fan of WW1 Movies. In the paragraphs below, I want to share my top 5 WW1 Military Movies of all time.
# 5 Sergeant York
This great movie covers the story of Sergeant Alvin C. York, one of the most decorated Soldiers during WW1. Sergeant York received the Congressional Medal of Honor for almost single-handedly capturing 32 machine guns, killing 28 German Soldiers, and taking 132 German prisoners. The movie was first released in 1941 and stars Gary Hooper, who won an Oscar® for his role.
# 4 The Last Voices of WW1: A Generation Lost
This movie is a six part documentary featuring interviews and stories from more than 100 WW1 veterans. It also provides some amazing footage from the war. This series won several awards and was released sometime around 2008. While it isn’t as “exciting” as some of the other Hollywood titles on this list, the interviews and footage are absolutely amazing. If you are a history buff, or really want to learn what WW1 was like, this is the movie for you.
# 3 War Horse
This Steven Spielberg movie War Horse was released in 2012 and stars Jeremy Irvine and Peter Mullan. It highlights a story of a horse brought into battle during WW1. The movie is emotional and captivating. I watched it in the movie theater and thoroughly enjoyed it.
# 2 The Red Baron
If you like airplanes and fight scenes, you will love The Red Baron. Released in 2008, this great WW1 Aviation Movie highlights German fighter pilot Manfred von Richthofen’s battles in the sky. While the acting and dialogue aren’t the best, the fight scenes are what make this movie my # 2 pick.
# 1 The Lost Battalion
This masterpiece covers the men of the 308th Infantry Battalion of the 77th Infantry Division. Surrounded by troop in the Argonne Forest, the battalion must fight or die! Fighting for five days with no food, water, communication or re-supply the battalion holds off the Germans. I’ve watched this movie several times now and enjoy it immensely.
Thanks for checking out my top 5 WW1 Military Movies of all time. If you have a favorite WW1 Movie that isn’t on this list, please leave a comment and tell me about it.
Charles Holmes is a former Army Major. He is the author of 12 books and creator of the popular website Part-Time-Commander.com. His website provides helpful leadership tips and training advice for Soldiers in the Army National Guard and Army Reserves. Charles spent 15 years in the Army as an enlisted man and officer. He served on Active Duty, in the Army National Guard and in the Army Reserves. Some of his previous duty assignments include Platoon Leader, Company XO, Battalion S4, Shop Officer, G4 Plans Officer, Fuels Officer, Company Commander, Brigade S4 and Brigade S3. He is currently the owner of Holmes Internet Marketing, a company that specializes in internet marketing and affiliate marketing.