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(The Daily Beast)   A ragtag band of American GIs, French prisoners, and German soldiers defends an Austrian castle from the SS. Quentin Tarantino's latest script? Nope; it's an actual battle fought right after Hitler's suicide in 1945   (thedailybeast.com) divider line 112
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2013-05-13 01:13:35 AM
Someone needs to make that an Advanced Squad Leader Scenario and come up with rules for Pissed Off French Wife squads.
 
2013-05-13 01:39:05 AM
Holy crap. Looks like I've found my next book to read.
 
2013-05-13 03:40:44 AM
Wow. That would make a good movie.
 
2013-05-13 03:48:51 AM
Leo DiCaprio
Tobey Maguire
Shia LaBoeuf
Zac Efron
Taylor Lautner
Lindsay Lohan
Kristen Stewart
 
2013-05-13 03:53:03 AM
I think Jack Higgins used that (with a few literary licences) as part of his book The Valhalla Exchange.
 
2013-05-13 03:54:30 AM
I didn't know this. One more book on the list of must-reads for me.
 
2013-05-13 03:55:40 AM
Tarantino needs a role.

"You see a sign in front of my castle saying "dead Nazi storage?"
 
2013-05-13 03:56:28 AM
 My grandfather was a POW in that area, though not at that particular spot, and he said things got very weird at the end; soldiers from both sides trying to help each other get to US lines and safety, and all trying to avoid the few loyal Nazi officers still roaming about. The POW's avoiding them as the officers were under orders to execute them, the Germans as they didn't want to get rounded up for 'scorched earth' and 'last stand' suicide missions.
 All the Germans wanted to do was get to US lines to avoid the Soviets, or just to get to whatever sector their families were in before the country got carved up by all the different factions that were moving in.
 
2013-05-13 03:58:26 AM

miss diminutive: Holy crap. Looks like I've found my next book to read.


Indeed!
 
2013-05-13 04:04:40 AM
Nice find subby. This is something I'll have to read.
 
2013-05-13 04:14:56 AM

CliChe Guevara: My grandfather was a POW in that area, though not at that particular spot, and he said things got very weird at the end; soldiers from both sides trying to help each other get to US lines and safety, and all trying to avoid the few loyal Nazi officers still roaming about. The POW's avoiding them as the officers were under orders to execute them, the Germans as they didn't want to get rounded up for 'scorched earth' and 'last stand' suicide missions.
 All the Germans wanted to do was get to US lines to avoid the Soviets, or just to get to whatever sector their families were in before the country got carved up by all the different factions that were moving in.


And all this because some dickheads thought it would be good to set Germany on a course for 100 years of international anal raping.
 
2013-05-13 04:23:12 AM
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Looks like a couple of krauts are going to be dusting off the old uniforms.
 
2013-05-13 04:40:11 AM
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2013-05-13 04:49:17 AM
When this becomes a movie, it should be Tarantino.

Please don't let McG, Michael Bay or Tom Cruise near this.  Spielberg couldn't do it right either.
 
2013-05-13 04:59:13 AM

CarnySaur: Leo DiCaprio
Tobey Maguire
Shia LaBoeuf
Zac Efron
Taylor Lautner
Lindsay Lohan
Kristen Stewart


How about no? Does no work for you?

Guy Pearce
Liam Cunningham
Claudia Black
Wil Wheaton
Nolan Gerard Funk
Brian J. Smith
Dominic Zamprogna
Sandy Sidhu
Zak Santiago
 
2013-05-13 05:04:43 AM

CarnySaur: Leo DiCaprio
Tobey Maguire
Shia LaBoeuf
Zac Efron
Taylor Lautner
Lindsay Lohan
Kristen Stewart


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2013-05-13 05:07:24 AM
CarnySaur,
Leo DiCaprio
Tobey Maguire
Shia LaBoeuf
Zac Efron
Taylor Lautner
Lindsay Lohan
Kristen Stewart


If Michael Bay was the director, your version would be interesting to see.
 
2013-05-13 05:15:45 AM

CarnySaur: Leo DiCaprio
Tobey Maguire
Shia LaBoeuf
Zac Efron
Taylor Lautner
Lindsay Lohan
Kristen Stewart

Trini Lopez

Gotta have Trini Lopez
 
2013-05-13 05:33:42 AM

Enemabag Jones: When this becomes a movie, it should be Tarantino.

Please don't let McG, Michael Bay or Tom Cruise near this.  Spielberg couldn't do it right either.


Or Peter Jackson, who would make this into a 5 part serial movie with extra slo-mo scenes, incorporate a whole host of back story and tangential story lines into the movie.
 
2013-05-13 05:37:49 AM

dericwater: Enemabag Jones: When this becomes a movie, it should be Tarantino.

Please don't let McG, Michael Bay or Tom Cruise near this.  Spielberg couldn't do it right either.

Or Peter Jackson, who would make this into a 5 part serial movie with extra slo-mo scenes, incorporate a whole host of back story and tangential story lines into the movie.


and lots of walking....lots and lots of walking (marching?)
 
2013-05-13 05:43:09 AM
Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945-five days after Hitler's suicide-three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. 'Jack' Lee Jr., Sgt "Oddball".

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/Woof
 
2013-05-13 05:49:22 AM
Gillard should declare a national holiday to celebrate it.
 
2013-05-13 05:59:22 AM
I had read a novel that had been written in the 1960's based on this story a while back.  Involved the novel use of a 17th century cannon among other things.
 
2013-05-13 06:38:34 AM
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// Loved the real VW bug in the moat.  CGI just wouldn't cut it.
 
2013-05-13 07:02:19 AM

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// Loved the real VW bug in the moat.  CGI just wouldn't cut it.


I read Patrice O'Neal !
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// See if Will Smith or Spike Lee are interested.
 
2013-05-13 07:09:29 AM

Archie Goodwin: Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945-five days after Hitler's suicide-three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. 'Jack' Lee Jr., Sgt "Oddball".



/Woof


Came here for this. Thanks.
 
2013-05-13 07:10:17 AM

Archie Goodwin: Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945-five days after Hitler's suicide-three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. 'Jack' Lee Jr., Sgt "Oddball".



/Woof


Something something negative waves.
 
2013-05-13 07:10:32 AM
Please, please don't let Tarantino produce this. He'll have Uma Thurman doing her toenails for 15 minutes while a battle is going on outside, with regular closeups of her left pinkie toe. The SS troops will be shown accompanied by The Gimp, and- ohmigod, I can't bear to think what other crap will be ejected from that warped brain.
 
2013-05-13 07:19:28 AM
Excellent, subby. To the Amazon wishlist, Batman!
 
2013-05-13 07:20:47 AM
Should be directed by Clint Eastwood. As soon as he is done lecturing the chairs of course.
 
2013-05-13 07:22:25 AM

Frothy Panties: dericwater: Enemabag Jones: When this becomes a movie, it should be Tarantino.

Please don't let McG, Michael Bay or Tom Cruise near this.  Spielberg couldn't do it right either.

Or Peter Jackson, who would make this into a 5 part serial movie with extra slo-mo scenes, incorporate a whole host of back story and tangential story lines into the movie.

and lots of walking....lots and lots of walking (marching?)


It's not about the destination, it's about the journey.
 
2013-05-13 07:46:29 AM
Thanks for posting this Subby. Next year, there's going to be a small resurgence in interest in WWI due to the centennial.

Then I'm afraid most of the documentaries will just disappear like reruns of My Mother the Car.

The Bombing of Germany is one of the better documentaries on war. It is particularly important nowadays as we seem to have no problem attacking anyone for anything and seem to be increasingly under attack. It really is fascinating to see the movement from not bombing civilians to incinerating 200,000 of them in one non-nuclear incendiary raid.
 
2013-05-13 07:48:27 AM

vossiewulf: Someone needs to make that an Advanced Squad Leader Scenario and come up with rules for Pissed Off French Wife squads.


E144.1:  Irregular unit: Battalion Pissé Épouses Français.  This unit ignores the normal restrictions for infantry according to Chapter B's Terrain Chart.  The attack factor increasing with each step loss is intentional and is not a printing error.  Attempts to apply E133.4 ("Make Me a Sandwich" LOSS/GAIN TABLE) will result in tethered Command counters losing steps according to QRDC Close Combat Table.
 
2013-05-13 07:59:15 AM
I miss you, Lee Marvin.
 
2013-05-13 08:04:25 AM
Will definitely need some Alan Rickman.
 
2013-05-13 08:06:48 AM

cynicalbastard: Please, please don't let Tarantino produce this. He'll have Uma Thurman doing her toenails for 15 minutes while a battle is going on outside, with regular closeups of her left pinkie toe. The SS troops will be shown accompanied by The Gimp, and- ohmigod, I can't bear to think what other crap will be ejected from that warped brain.


It'll just be more bits ripped off, I mean in homage to, original and creative works.
 
2013-05-13 08:16:28 AM
I miss Col. Klink.
 
2013-05-13 08:19:35 AM
HOOOOOOOGAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNN!
 
2013-05-13 08:29:59 AM

El Pachuco: The SS troops will be shown accompanied by The Gimp,


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What a Nazi Gimp might look like.
 
2013-05-13 08:31:01 AM

Deep Contact: I miss Col. Klink.


You should spend more time on the range.  Maybe check to make sure the bases for your scope mount aren't loose.
 
2013-05-13 08:31:59 AM

vossiewulf: Someone needs to make that an Advanced Squad Leader Scenario and come up with rules for Pissed Off French Wife squads.


They don't already exist?

I remember walking out of Saving Private Ryan and someone observing that the bridge battle is a really hard scenario to win as the Americans in ASL.
 
2013-05-13 08:35:30 AM

CliChe Guevara: My grandfather was a POW in that area, though not at that particular spot, and he said things got very weird at the end; soldiers from both sides trying to help each other get to US lines and safety, and all trying to avoid the few loyal Nazi officers still roaming about. The POW's avoiding them as the officers were under orders to execute them, the Germans as they didn't want to get rounded up for 'scorched earth' and 'last stand' suicide missions.
 All the Germans wanted to do was get to US lines to avoid the Soviets, or just to get to whatever sector their families were in before the country got carved up by all the different factions that were moving in.


There was some Army captain whose MoH citation got me to read his bio. Near the end of the war, he went scouting in a jeep, contrary to orders, and ran smack-dab into an armored column. He got out of the jeep and walked up to the lead tank, and the officer popped the hatch. The captain said, "I accept your surrender." The German replied, "You've got a driver an a jeep." The captain said, "The Soviets are there, we're here. This is Germany. To whom do you want to surrender?"

The German surrendered the column.
 
2013-05-13 08:39:01 AM

Public Savant: CarnySaur: Leo DiCaprio
Tobey Maguire
Shia LaBoeuf
Zac Efron
Taylor Lautner
Lindsay Lohan
Kristen Stewart

How about no? Does no work for you?

Guy Pearce
Liam Cunningham
Claudia Black
Wil Wheaton
Nolan Gerard Funk
Brian J. Smith
Dominic Zamprogna
Sandy Sidhu
Zak Santiago


Michael Fassbender
Til Schweiger
Ulrich Matthes
Christian Berkel
Thomas Kretschmann
 
2013-05-13 08:44:20 AM

vygramul: CliChe Guevara: My grandfather was a POW in that area, though not at that particular spot, and he said things got very weird at the end; soldiers from both sides trying to help each other get to US lines and safety, and all trying to avoid the few loyal Nazi officers still roaming about. The POW's avoiding them as the officers were under orders to execute them, the Germans as they didn't want to get rounded up for 'scorched earth' and 'last stand' suicide missions.
 All the Germans wanted to do was get to US lines to avoid the Soviets, or just to get to whatever sector their families were in before the country got carved up by all the different factions that were moving in.

There was some Army captain whose MoH citation got me to read his bio. Near the end of the war, he went scouting in a jeep, contrary to orders, and ran smack-dab into an armored column. He got out of the jeep and walked up to the lead tank, and the officer popped the hatch. The captain said, "I accept your surrender." The German replied, "You've got a driver an a jeep." The captain said, "The Soviets are there, we're here. This is Germany. To whom do you want to surrender?"

The German surrendered the column.


Happen to remember his name?
 
2013-05-13 08:44:33 AM
By Beyonce's Sparkling Nipplesyou shall be avenged!
 
2013-05-13 08:46:59 AM
Wasn't this already done?

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2013-05-13 08:58:53 AM

liam76: vygramul: CliChe Guevara: My grandfather was a POW in that area, though not at that particular spot, and he said things got very weird at the end; soldiers from both sides trying to help each other get to US lines and safety, and all trying to avoid the few loyal Nazi officers still roaming about. The POW's avoiding them as the officers were under orders to execute them, the Germans as they didn't want to get rounded up for 'scorched earth' and 'last stand' suicide missions.
 All the Germans wanted to do was get to US lines to avoid the Soviets, or just to get to whatever sector their families were in before the country got carved up by all the different factions that were moving in.

There was some Army captain whose MoH citation got me to read his bio. Near the end of the war, he went scouting in a jeep, contrary to orders, and ran smack-dab into an armored column. He got out of the jeep and walked up to the lead tank, and the officer popped the hatch. The captain said, "I accept your surrender." The German replied, "You've got a driver an a jeep." The captain said, "The Soviets are there, we're here. This is Germany. To whom do you want to surrender?"

The German surrendered the column.

Happen to remember his name?


No, actually. I'm not even certain he was still a captain a the time of the incident. (I think he was a captain when he got his MoH, which I think happened in Italy.)
 
2013-05-13 09:11:22 AM
A few French people stopped bickering long enough to fight the Nazis?  That  is news.
 
2013-05-13 09:15:03 AM

liam76: vygramul: CliChe Guevara: My grandfather was a POW in that area, though not at that particular spot, and he said things got very weird at the end; soldiers from both sides trying to help each other get to US lines and safety, and all trying to avoid the few loyal Nazi officers still roaming about. The POW's avoiding them as the officers were under orders to execute them, the Germans as they didn't want to get rounded up for 'scorched earth' and 'last stand' suicide missions.
 All the Germans wanted to do was get to US lines to avoid the Soviets, or just to get to whatever sector their families were in before the country got carved up by all the different factions that were moving in.

There was some Army captain whose MoH citation got me to read his bio. Near the end of the war, he went scouting in a jeep, contrary to orders, and ran smack-dab into an armored column. He got out of the jeep and walked up to the lead tank, and the officer popped the hatch. The captain said, "I accept your surrender." The German replied, "You've got a driver an a jeep." The captain said, "The Soviets are there, we're here. This is Germany. To whom do you want to surrender?"

The German surrendered the column.

Happen to remember his name?


Trying to find it, I came across this gem about another MoH winner:

Dunham returned to the front before his wounds healed. On January 22 his battalion was surrounded by tanks, forcing most of the men to surrender. The following morning, two German soldiers discovered Dunham hiding in a sauerkraut barrel outside a barn. When their search of his pockets turned up a pack of cigarettes, they fought over it, overlooking his pistol in a shoulder holster. Later that day as he was being transported toward German lines, the driver stopped in a bar, giving Dunham the opportunity to shoot his other captor in the head and set off toward the American lines. Dunham suffered severe frostbite while completing his escape.
 
2013-05-13 09:15:14 AM
How is this obscure, for farks sake? This is the plot of Castle Wolfenstein.
 
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