A WW2 documentary on the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bomber pilots in missions (Operation Strangle) from their base in Corsica to Northern Italy in 1944, destroying railroads, bridges, trains, vehicles and hard targets.
Very few people saw this movie at the time. Because the war was almost over, the United States government decided that the depiction of the Japanese was too negative. It was not released to the general public. See more »
This film was made for troops entering battle in the searing heat of the second "world war" in just one generation. That war was started by Japan against a neutral United States. This was during the increasingly brutal butchery by the Japanese Imperial army against almost all its Asian neighbors, also neutral.
Inconsistent, blotchy and incomplete, this film is a true gem. Many historical facts are present, contemporary views of the Japanese society clearly stated, and it brings us to where the US and Japanese goals collide.
It clearly also is an ideal primer for modern day China vs the USA, the parallels are everywhere. And the ending may be even worse. If one does not know history, rinse and repeat! But very much worth watching if we are careful to remember from what time and mental space it originated.
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