History Film / WeWereSoldiers

20th Sep '17 10:33:56 AM AFP
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* GenreSavvy: Colonel Moore and Sergeant Major Plumley are both [[OldSoldier seasoned veterans]], having served in Korea and World War II. Much of their work before deploying to Vietnam is impressing upon their inexperienced soldiers the importance of preparing for the worst. They also consistently manage to predict where and how the NVA troopers will attack them, and {{lampshade}} the occasions where going into obvious ambushes is unavoidable while still accomplishing their mission.
13th Jun '17 10:02:34 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Double subverted. The film is set in the Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam, but was shot in northern California, which in turn is a dead ringer for the Ia Drang Valley. Not all of Vietnam was jungle or city.
21st May '17 12:30:59 PM AFP
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* AgonyOfTheFeet: Private Godbolt ends up with some nasty blisters on his feet during training.

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* AgonyOfTheFeet: Private Godbolt ends up with some nasty blisters on his feet during training. LT Geoghegan orders his men to check each other for foot injuries regularly after seeing Godbolt's injuries.
21st May '17 12:28:36 PM AFP
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* AFriendInNeed: DiscussedTrope: Colonel Moore makes a point of visiting Major Crandall's squadron and introducing himself, reasoning that pilots won't fly into a dangerous situation for someone they don't know. [[spoiler: As discussed above, Crandall and his men later on [[{{Determinator}} tenaciously support Moore and his troops]] when they are fighting for their lives at LZ X-Ray]]
21st May '17 12:23:45 PM AFP
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* RaisedHandOfSurvival: When friendly reinforcements finally reach the Lost Platoon, SGT Savage raises his hand so the American troopers could see where he was (they had previously been covered by dirt and foliage after calling artillery strikes down near their own position to fend off NVA attack).
17th Mar '17 7:53:02 AM AFP
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* UsefulNotes/TheSeventhCavalry: The characters {{lampshade}} the fact that the 1st Battallion is part of the same cavalry unit that Custer infamously lead at Little Big Horn. Colonel Moore, a [[FanOfThePast history enthusiast]], can't help but dwell on the similarities between his unit's situation and that of Custer's men, although Sergeant Major Plumley rather bluntly points out their differences as well.
14th Mar '17 8:48:36 AM Mdumas43073
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A 2002 movie set in the Vietnam War focusing on the RealLife campaign of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (cavalry with helicopters not horses that is) in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Creator/MelGibson) has to lead a battalion of 400 American soldiers against a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Notable in that, unlike most films about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, it portrays both sides sympathetically and nobly.

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A 2002 movie war drama directed by Randall Wallace, set in the Vietnam War UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar and focusing on the RealLife campaign of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (cavalry with helicopters not horses that is) in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnam. Vietnam.

Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Creator/MelGibson) has to lead a battalion of 400 American soldiers against a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Notable troops.

Adapted from the 1992 nonfiction book ''We Were Soldiers Once... and Young'', the film is notable
in that, unlike most films works about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, the Vietnam War, it portrays both sides sympathetically and nobly.



* AcePilot: Major Bruce "Snake Shit" Crandall and his right-hand man, Ed "Too Tall" Freeman, are UH-1 Huey pilots, who fly in and out of heavily contested landing zones to drop off troops and supplies, and to collect the wounded. In RealLife, both men received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle.

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* AcePilot: Major Bruce "Snake Shit" Crandall and his right-hand man, Ed "Too Tall" Freeman, are UH-1 Huey pilots, who fly in and out of heavily contested landing contestelanding zones to drop off troops and supplies, and to collect the wounded. In RealLife, both men received the Medal of Honor for their actions during the battle.
24th Nov '16 12:38:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheSeventhCavalry: Due to the ways military heraldry works, Colonel Moore's unit is a descendant of the TropeNamer. This does inspire a bit of [[DiscussedTrope discussion]] on the parallels, leading to the quote for RousingSpeech.
10th Sep '16 2:32:53 AM Morgenthaler
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28th Aug '16 3:41:28 AM Morgenthaler
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A 2002 movie set in the VietnamWar focusing on the RealLife campaign of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (cavalry with helicopters not horses that is) in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Creator/MelGibson) has to lead a battalion of 400 American soldiers against a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Notable in that, unlike most films about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, it portrays both sides sympathetically and nobly.

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A 2002 movie set in the VietnamWar Vietnam War focusing on the RealLife campaign of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry (cavalry with helicopters not horses that is) in the Ia Drang valley in 1965, the first major battle between the United States and North Vietnam. Lieutenant Colonel Hal Moore (Creator/MelGibson) has to lead a battalion of 400 American soldiers against a force of 2,000 North Vietnamese troops. Notable in that, unlike most films about UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar, it portrays both sides sympathetically and nobly.




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