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There are several good free-to-watch movies on YouTube. I just watched "HMS Defiant," a 1962 movie starring Alec Guinness set during the later years of the French Revolution. It deals with the Spithead Mutiny, where British sailors successfully petitioned the Admiralty for redress of the poor food, low pay, bad officers, and arbitrary punishments aboard Royal Navy ships. It's a bit hokey in parts, as movies of that time oftentimes were, but it is still pretty good and worth a look-see on a slow Sunday afternoon.

Link below only because it's age restricted, probably because of scenes of floggings and war violence.



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The classic movie, Midway. Fun fact: Glen Ford was an actual Naval Reserve Captain. This is not a Hollywood costume. He also served stateside in the US Coast Guard and the USMC during WWII and continued his Naval service into the Vietnam War.


Henry Fonda also served in the Navy in WWII, both as an enlisted man and as an officer. He served on the USS Satterlee (DD-626) as a quartermaster and as an officer in Naval intelligence.


Christopher George, also in the movie, served as a US Marine sergeant during the Korean War. This picture is from The Rat Patrol:


Other military veterans in the film:

Charlton Heston -- US Army Air Force

Hal Holbrook -- US Army

Cliff Roberston -- US Merchant Marine

Robert Webber -- US Marines

Screenwriter Donald S Sanford -- US Navy

Director Jack Smight -- US Army Air Force


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This WWII naval comedy is in the same vein as "Down Periscope" but a bit more realistic as it has a good mix of humor, sailing-vessel seamanship, and combat scenes. The Echo was an actual ship that was used to place and supply coast watchers and US Army units in the South Pacific during WWII. Its crew received a meritorious unit commendation from the US Army. Jack Lemon, the lead actor, was commissioned as a US Navy ensign during WWII and served on the Essex-class carrier USS Lake Champlain, which was used to transport troops back from the war. Link only because this fairly mild movie is age restricted on YouTube, probably because of the "woke" nonsense of some YouTube censors who who think it's "cultural appropriation" for US sailors on a clandestine mission to dye their skin and dress in native garb and heaven forbid that a WWII sailor would smoke a pipe or a cigarette. Interestingly, they use the phrase "Stone the Crows" once. That's the only time I've heard it outside of WOWS.




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The Sea Wolves is the true story of Operation Creek, which was a covert military operation undertaken by Britain's Special Operations Executive to stop German radio transmissions originating from interred merchant ships in the neutral Portuguese territory of Goa. These transmissions were leading U-boats to Allied convoys.

David Niven graduated from Sandhurst, the British equivalent of West Point, was commissioned as an officer, and served in the early 1930s. He rejoined the military when WWII broke out, the only British actor to return home to do so, He faked a communication from the British government in order to fool the local authorities into letting him return. He served in several several different roles in the military, including making war morale films and in training soldiers. He also served as a liaison officer with the American 1st Infantry Division in Germany. By the war’s end, he had attained the rank of lieutenant colonel and was awarded the US Legion of Merit medal. Roger Moore served in a post-WWII army entertainment unit as a captain. Trevor Howard served briefly during WWII as a lieutenant but was discharged for being too psychotic. Gregory Peck was exempted from military service due to a back injury he got while dancing. This fortuitous injury allowed him to make a lot of money in “leading man” roles back home while Jimmy Stewart and other actors were serving in combat units.


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