Thursday, November 26, 2015

"The Enemy Below"

An American escort destroyer and German U-Boat are locked in a life or death struggle in the warn waters of the South Atlantic.  Who will succumb to their enemy, the seamen or submariners?!  This is an excellent flick that is full of great action and drama.  Check out the trailer below and see what you think!

A killer sub, sub killer movie!

Happy Thanksgiving, Y'all!!

All of us at Weird WWII wanna wish you all a happy Thanksgiving!  May the day see you surrounded by family and friends and guts full of food, beer and happiness.

Eat to much and be merry,
The Cottrells

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Honored Allies Wednesday: Władysław A. Anders (Poland)

          Władysław Albert Anders                     Order of the White Eagle

Anders was a cavalry officer during the outbreak of war and like many units fighting against the German blitzkrieg, he retreated to the East along with what was left of his cavalry brigade.  When the Soviets invaded Eastern Poland, Anders was imprisoned and tortured by his captors.  He was then released in 1941 to command a new Polish army to fight alongside the Soviets.  Shortly after its creation, the Anders' Army would desert their Communist command and escape South through the Persian Corridor into the British-controlled Middle East.  Once reunited with the Polish government in exile in the UK, Anders' Army would form the core of the new 2nd Polish Corps that would fight extensively in the Italian Campaign.  Under his command, the 2nd Polish Corps would fight the Germans in the Battle of Monte Cassino, Battle of Ancona and Battle of Bologna.  It was under his command that the stubborn defense of Monte Cassino would finally fall.  After the war, Anders would be denied entrance to his now Soviet-controlled homeland and would live in exile in the UK for the remainder of his life.  After the collapse of Communist Poland in 1989, his citizenship and military rank were posthumously reinstated.

Another brave commander that fought against his homeland's enemies whoever they may be,

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"To Be Or Not To Be"

A predominantly Jewish musical troop is trying to escape Nazi-occupied Warsaw.  Can this band of second-rate and has-been actors dupe the Nazis and escape or will they succumb to their jackbooted occupiers?!  This is a remake of the 1942 film of the same name by the comedy genus Mel Brooks.  This is a must see for any Brooks fan and a light-hearted take on the very serous situation in war-torn Warsaw.  Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

A true classic,


A downed Aussie pilot finds himself in the canopy jungle during the Battle of Singapore.  While surviving the ordeal and dodging the Japanese, he stumbles across a Dalforce fighter doing the same.  Can these allies make it out alive or will the Japs or Mother Nature condemn them to their fate?!  This flick is very atmospheric and beautifully shot but it is a bit small in scope and everything else in my opinion.  It did make me read up on the Dalforce unit which I never knew about so it did broaden my mind on those brave men and women.  Take a gander at the trailer below an see what you think.


I really wanted to love this one but it turned out mediocre at best,

Monday, November 23, 2015

Medal of Honor Monday: Frank X. Burke

"He fought with extreme gallantry in the streets of war-torn Nuremberg, Germany, where Company D, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry, was engaged in rooting out fanatical defenders of the citadel of Nazism.  As battalion transportation officer he had gone forward to select a motor-pool site, when, in a desire to perform more than his assigned duties and participate in the fight, he advanced beyond the lines of the forward riflemen.  Detecting a group of about 10 Germans making preparations for a local counterattack, he rushed back to a nearby American company, secured a light machine gun with ammunition, and daringly opened fire on this superior force, which deployed and returned his fire with machine pistols, rifles, and rocket launchers.  From another angle a German machine gun tried to blast him from his emplacement, but 1st Lt. Burke killed this gun crew and drove off the survivors of the unit he had originally attacked.  Giving his next attention to enemy infantrymen in ruined buildings, he picked up a rifle dashed more than 100 yards through intense fire and engaged the Germans from behind an abandoned tank.  A sniper nearly hit him from a cellar only 20 yards away, but he dispatched this adversary by running directly to the basement window, firing a full clip into it and then plunging through the darkened aperture to complete the job.  He withdrew from the fight only long enough to replace his jammed rifle and secure grenades, then re-engaged the Germans.  Finding his shots ineffective, he pulled the pins from 2 grenades, and, holding 1 in each hand, rushed the enemy-held building, hurling his missiles just as the enemy threw a potato masher grenade at him.  In the triple explosion the Germans were wiped out and 1st Lt. Burke was dazed; but he emerged from the shower of debris that engulfed him, recovered his rifle, and went on to kill 3 more Germans and meet the charge of a machine pistol man, whom he cut down with 3 calmly delivered shots.  He then retired toward the American lines and there assisted a platoon in a raging, 30-minute fight against formidable armed hostile forces.  This enemy group was repulsed, and the intrepid fighter moved to another friendly group which broke the power of a German unit armed with a 20-mm gun in a fierce fire fight.  In 4 hours of heroic action, 1st Lt. Burke single-handedly killed 11 and wounded 3 enemy soldiers and took a leading role in engagements in which an additional 29 enemy were killed or wounded.  His extraordinary bravery and superb fighting skill were an inspiration to his comrades, and his entirely voluntary mission into extremely dangerous territory hastened the fall of Nuremberg, in his battalion's sector."
From 1st Lt. Frank X. Burke's Medal of Honor citation, awarded on January 9, 1946.

A hard chargin', ass-kicking GI of the highest degree!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

"The Meanderings of a Weapon Oriented Mind When Applied in a Vacuum Such as the Moon"

I guess in the 60s, the DOD put together a report on the theoretical possibility of having to wage combat in a zero-g or low-g environment like that on the Moon.  Check out the brass' take on how to give it to the Reds in the cold black of space.


It ain't Moonraker but its just as cool,

Saturday, November 21, 2015

"Heaven knows, Mr. Alison"

A jar head washes up on a deserted isle behind enemy lines only to realize that he isn't along but rather ends up sharing it with a sexy nun!  Then to make things more awkward, the Japs arrive and force the two into a cave up in the hills.  In hiding, the two form a unique relationship which will pull them through just about any challenge the Japs, mother nature or even the Almighty can throw at them.  This is a pretty good flick that is worth a once over but its not as pervy as I hoped but not everyone is as sick and twisted as myself.  Check out the trailer below and see what you think.

Devil Dogs and Nuns taking it to the Japs?!  What's not to love,
The Sister and the Gyrene?!  I'll let you find out what's going down in this scene!  Hehe.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

"H is for Hydro-Electric Diffusion"

Que fox call!

And all you Weird WWII furry fans thought I forgot about ya?

Your welcome,

Letter "H" from The ABCs of Death.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A Lethal Turd!

Read about the fate of U-1206.  It's a real shitter!

Looks like German over-engineering screwed 'em again!

Douglass Crockwell

Douglass Crockwell was another prolific American artist that created some of the most beautiful works I've seen.  His list of accolades and clients is long and distinguished so do some Google-Fu and see what masterpieces he leaves behind with us.  Below are some wartime works that hit ya in the heart strings.

A true legend in the field,

"Tutti Dentro" aka "Vendetta"

Well what we have here is another piece of Italian WWII filth but unlike Band of Bastards, this skin flick just sucks.  Since my Italian is pretty shaky, I can't really tell ya what it's about other then the main character is some kinda special agent fighting against and fucking the Nazis for some Allied cause to which I couldn't tell ya.  When I first saw the cover I though it said Asia Argento and thought that the daughter of one of my favorite horror movie directors had finally hit the hard core but its D'Argento and that was that.  Not that I think Asia Argento is a looker but she definitely falls into the "Hot Mess" category in my world.  Anyway, take a gander and see what you think.

Just more Italian trash,

                                                               Argento                                             D'Argento