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‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ – World War I Classic Gets New Look From Netflix

Netflix’s remake of “All Quiet on the Western Front” is coming to the streaming platform on Friday, 28 October. The film tells the story of a young German soldier on the Western Front of World War I. Paul and his comrades experience first-hand how the initial euphoria of war turns …

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When the KGB Took on the Soviet Police

by Boris Egorov At the end of 1980, just before New Year, on the outskirts of Moscow, a number of Soviet policemen picked an argument with a KGB major. They had no idea what dire consequences the encounter would have for them and the entire Soviet police force.  On the …

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‘They Were a Brotherhood’: Working With Mercenaries in the Congo

 by William Boudreau    Editor’s note: Former American diplomat William Boudreau encountered mercenaries during his career with the Foreign Service. Here are his recollections and observations about them. I will not advocate for a humanitarian award for any mercenary I have known. However, they embrace humanity. My point is they …

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‘The Deer Hunter’ Came to Town on a Cold Night in Denver

by Jack Hawkins Released in Los Angeles in 1978, The Deer Hunter was already becoming a legendary film by the time it hit “flyover country” a few months later. I was between girlfriends, a gung-ho “seventies copper” usually “drunk on adrenaline” from the endless barfight calls (or still depressed over …

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We Attacked the Jungle With Flamethrowers and Explosives

by Marvin J. Wolf, The War Horse Tall, muscular, broad-shouldered, with a full head of white hair, Brig. Gen. John M. Wright Jr. scrambled up a termite mound, some 30 feet wide at the base and seven or eight feet high, and gestured for us to draw into a semicircle. …

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When the Lance Corporal Met His Match Against Gummy Bears

by Mitchell “Taco” Bell Back in 2005, I spent a tour living in an old Iraq bathroom in the control tower on Al Taqqadum airbase.  Great place, you get a bit smell tone deaf to the room, but it was better than tent living. We received a ton of care …

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‘Pyro’ Was Famous for Sprinting Through the O-Club With a Flaming Newspaper Tucked In His Butt; And Then Came the In-Flight Emergency

by Mitch “Taco” Bell The Marine KC-130 was flying over the chilly North Atlantic at 25,000 feet, taking my crew to Keflavik, Iceland. There was a layer of clouds about 10,000 feet below us hiding the cold water and howling winds. This was a milk run from Mildenhall, England, to …

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Former Green Beret and NFL Player Nate Boyer Talks to Soldier of Fortune About Directing His New Movie

by Susan Katz Keating Nate Boyer served six tours of duty as a Green Beret in Iraq and Afghanistan, and later became a long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks. But one of the hardest things he has done is making sure he does right by the people who are portrayed …

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