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.
"The Longest Day" is one of the best movies showing how important it is for subordinate leaders to see the mission through when the plan falters from the start. "The Longest Day" tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are 42 stars in the movie, some seen only briefly, who together interlace the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation. Although the actual story and hardships depicted of the invasion of the movie outshines all the star power, John Wayne figures prominently as an airborne battalion commander. I always liked John Wayne in war movies more than in westerns.
This is a great movie showing the leadership challenges of conducting such a large military operation.
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