As a retired army officer and an adjunct history professor I thought it was important to review what I consider the best war movies depicting the challenges of leadership and the command of men.
"Gettysburg" is one of the best movies showing how leadership is displayed from some of the least likely of people, like a college professor of rhetoric! The movie follows the historical and personal events surrounding and including the decisive American civil war battle. The defense of the Little Round Top by the improbable leader Union Col. Joshua Chamberlain (Jeff Daniels),(who was recently teaching rhetoric), and Pickett's Charge are highlighted in the three day battle that was a turning point in the Civil War. The movie is shown from the perspectives of both sides. Other important leadership emphasis is on Longstreet and Lee's relationship as they have differing strategic opinions.
Another great movie showing how one man who leads his men properly can overcome insurmountable odds.
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