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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 1:58 p.m. PST

"One of the all time great stories of war is that of soldiers facing a foe many times their size in fighting strength. One of the first appearances in human history of such a lopsided battle is the Battle of Thermopylae where 7,000 Greeks faced off against what is now estimated by historians to have been 100,000 to 150,000 Persians. This is such a prevalent type of war film, that I listed it as one of the central war film archetypes. In this week's article, I take a look at soldiers that fought to the end, against overwhelming odds, examining the odds of survival in each battle, and whether or not they survived (they live a surprising percentage of the time!)
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Legion 411 Jun 2018 2:30 p.m. PST

Last Stands are a bad thing for the defenders generally. But it makes a good movie … evil grin

BrockLanders Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 2:48 p.m. PST

"An older WW2 version of an RPG". I think it would've been pretty easy to just google it to see what the Germans called it

JimSelzer Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 3:00 p.m. PST

I really wish the was an accurate Little Big Horn movie in the works

Battle of the Teutoburg Forest was close to a last stand would be nice to see this as well

Minibeady11 Jun 2018 4:07 p.m. PST


Just didn't go like most last stands.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 4:23 p.m. PST

13th Warrior
The John Wayne Alamo

whill411 Jun 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

The Last Samurai

rvandusen11 Jun 2018 5:21 p.m. PST

Gallipoli is a weird one to add since it is not a last stand. The Australians are the attackers trying to storm a Turkish trench line.

Black Hawk Down was not really a last stand either, though there is the final scenes where the Rangers are surrounded until the air support arrives.

Now I have to watch 13 Hours and Lone Survivor.

What about Zulu Dawn? Or fictional last stands like The Wild Geese?

Personal logo Narratio Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2018 7:00 p.m. PST

I'd go black and white with Errol Flynn as George Custer. Of course it was "Rah-Rah!" Hollywood biopic. Covers the war college days and the civil war but the last stand scenes were rather epic.

jurgenation Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 2:20 a.m. PST


Bismarck12 Jun 2018 5:41 a.m. PST

One I am surprised that missed this list was the made for tV movie of The Lost Battalion from the World War I account.

khanscom12 Jun 2018 6:31 a.m. PST

"Zulu" has got to rate #1; 2 from Vietnam-- "Go Tell the Spartans" and "Siege of Firebase Gloria" ('Zulu" in SEA).

Personal logo brass1 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 6:59 a.m. PST

The defenders won in "Zulu". What about "Zulu Dawn"?

+1 for the TV version of The Lost Battalion.


Major Mike12 Jun 2018 7:47 a.m. PST

Saving Private Ryan
Wake Island
Letters from Iwo Jima

Phil DAmato12 Jun 2018 8:26 a.m. PST

Wake Island
Pride of the Marines


Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 8:33 a.m. PST

I think Star Wars: A New Hope qualifies for that definition.

I haven't seen The Beast yet, but I from what I understand it qualifies and is pretty highly thought of.

Allen5712 Jun 2018 9:52 a.m. PST

Zulu Dawn, The 300 Spartans, and Wake Island. They Died With Their Boots On is OK but there has to be a better movie on Custers Last Stand.

Not really a last stand but Charge of the Light Brigade.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2018 10:15 a.m. PST

Many good movies here…

I recomended 13 hours… my friend.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 10:38 a.m. PST


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP13 Jun 2018 8:25 p.m. PST

John Wayne, Alamo.
Wake Island.
The Bunker.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek
Bunker Talk blog


CSherrange14 Jun 2018 3:52 a.m. PST


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