The German soldier [http://savingprivateryan.wikia.com/wiki/Steamboat_Willie] Upham befriends and later shoots and the soldier [http://savingprivateryan.wikia.com/wiki/Waffen_SS_Soldier] that stabs Mellish (The Jewish-American) are two different characters.Sniper Team 4 said:SNIP
Yep, that movie was fantastic.Redlin5 said:The single most effective war movie I've watched so far was Stalingrad (1993). A look at the 'rat war' from the German perspective had the best ending illustrating the futility of war as a means of making 'a man' out of anyone. There was no glory for anyone in that city, the hunger, cold and bullets almost claimed every character you see during the run time.
Flip the nationalities for a minute, or imagine it somewhere else with other armies entirely. Imagine it was Germans holding you prisoner and having you dig your own grave. One of them bravely stands up to them and guilts them into letting you go on the agreement that you find a German unit and turn yourself in as a POW as soon as you are able... But the US army finds you first. Are you saying that you, as an American soldier, wouldn't rejoin the Army? And if you got into combat with Germans who were doing a fighting withdrawal, killing many Americans as they advance, then pulling back to avoid being flanked, you wouldn't shoot at them while they reposition to a fresh foxhole? If the enemy were surrendering, then maybe you'd be a bad guy, but preserving your company's strength by giving up ground when flanked is a standard tactic of the day and the way to attack it is to shoot the enemy while they're falling back to their next defensive line.Sniper Team 4 said:Alas, as we see later, it was a mistake sparring him. [...]we later see him gleefully picking off retreating Americans at the bridge. Such is war.
Oh wow. I had no idea. Oops. I guess I fall into the group that commonly mistakes them as the same person. I wonder why they chose to make it two different people. Now that scene is even harder to deal with.ChupathingyX said:The German soldier [http://savingprivateryan.wikia.com/wiki/Steamboat_Willie] Upham befriends and later shoots and the soldier [http://savingprivateryan.wikia.com/wiki/Waffen_SS_Soldier] that stabs Mellish (The Jewish-American) are two different characters.Sniper Team 4 said:SNIP