Dad’s Army (1971, dir. Norman Cohen)

The formation and later misadventures of a Kent coastal village’s Home Guard platoon during WWII. Opened-out version of the BBC sitcom (filmed between series 3 and 4): while not as subtle as the TV version, nevertheless an affectionate portrait of class in wartime with a peerless cast of character actors.

[no trailer online that I can find!]

Midway (2019, dir. Roland Emmerich)

Six months after the Pearl Harbour attack, the Japanese and US navies battle in the Pacific. Clunkily-scripted military action-drama that doesn’t have quite the effects budget needed to pull off its ambitious visual ideas. Poor lighting of greenscreen work doesn’t help. A decent cast of hunks and character actors do what they can.

The Haunting of Borley Rectory (2019, dir. Steven M Smith)

In 1944, an invalided US radio operator working in the English countryside is troubled by nightmarish visions. A semi-pro production, limited by budget, script and acting issues. A couple of OK scares, but this is really a ripoff of The Nun padded out to feature-length with flashbacks and a convoluted time-travel element.

Overlord (2018, dir. Julius Avery)

1944 France. A US squad behind German lines encounter a supersoldier programme. Well-mounted horror/military action hybrid that doesn’t quite make the most of its well-worn B-movie premise, but is great to look at and has an appealing young cast.

And here’s Lemonsquirtle’s POV.

Zone Troopers (1985, dir. Danny Bilson)

In 1944 Italy, a US army troop behind enemy lines find a crashed spaceship. Engaging-enough low-budget SF/horror/war hybrid, with a witty script and a keen sense of its modest production values.

Dunkirk (2017, dir. Christopher Nolan)

Three linked stories, told in different timescales, related to the Allied retreat from Dunkirk. Equal parts puzzle, technical marvel, victory-from-defeat drama, disaster movie and arthouse flick, Nolan’s film is a thing of bleak and understated beauty. Highly recommended.

Want another 255 view? Here’s Xussia’s perspective.