Service On Celluloid
A podcast from The National WWII Museum analyzing how World War II has been depicted on film.
info_outline Host Seth Paridon Says Goodbye to The National WWII Museum 08/31/2020
Host Seth Paridon Says Goodbye to The National WWII Museum After 15 years as a historian at The National WWII Museum, Seth Paridon has accepted a position as Deputy Director of the Mississippi Armed Forces Museum at Camp Shelby.
info_outline Stalag 17 04/07/2020
Stalag 17 Adapted from a play by fellow prisoners of the camp, "Stalag 17" is dubbed as one of the most realistic portrayals of the American POW experience in Europe. Follow along as we delve into the details—set decorations, acts of deception, morale, and more—in this 1953 film.
info_outline Minisode To Flags of Our Fathers 03/30/2020
Minisode To Flags of Our Fathers The controversy of the flag raisers was more complex than an identity crisis, but did it matter to the US Marines who were fighting on Iwo Jima? Hear a firsthand account from Colonel Dave Severance of E Company, 28th Marines speak about the moment the second flag was raised.
info_outline Flags of Our Fathers 03/23/2020
Flags of Our Fathers The flag raisers on Iwo Jima helped the Seventh War Bond Drive raise $26 billion dollars for the United States in 1945. Our panelists break down "Flags of Our Fathers" and whether the film accurately portrays the drama behind the most popular photograph of World War II.
info_outline Minisode To Guadalcanal Diary 03/16/2020
Minisode To Guadalcanal Diary "You nearly starve to death on a troop ship. We were really happy to get off that thing, even if it meant we were going to be killed,” said late US Marine, Dr. Sidney “Sid” Phillips. The fighting on Guadalcanal was just one purgatory of the first offensive in the Pacific.
info_outline Cross of Iron 02/25/2020
Cross of Iron Director Sam Peckinpah paints a slow motion picture of the Eastern Front during World War II, where German Wehrmacht no longer know why they are fighting. Tune in as we discuss if Sergeant Steiner and his men accurately represent history in "Cross of Iron."
info_outline The Negro Soldier 02/11/2020
The Negro Soldier The War Department’s production of "The Negro Soldier" was culturally significant in 1944, but what is missing from this film? Listen as we discuss the US government’s first acknowledgment of African American contributions to war in this Frank Capra documentary.
info_outline Minisode To The Bridge At Remagen 02/03/2020
Minisode To The Bridge At Remagen "The Remagen bridgehead causes the Führer much anxiety,” wrote German Nazi politician Joseph Goebbels in his diary. Tune in to hear the late Sergeant Charles Hensel of the 291st Engineer Combat Battalion discuss the capture of the Ludendorff Bridge, and discover why Hitler was so anxious about the Americans entering Germany.
info_outline Hell Is For Heroes 01/14/2020
Hell Is For Heroes In our discussion of "Hell Is for Heroes" (1962), we talk about the repercussions of the “replacement soldier” during the stalemate warfare on the Siegfried Line in 1944. Listen as we discuss the accuracy of this forgotten film that depicts the overlooked 95th Infantry Division.
info_outline Minisode To Valkyrie 12/20/2019
Minisode To Valkyrie Henning von Tresckow, a plot leader in the July 1944 assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler, once said, “It is almost certain that we will fail. But how will future history judge the German people if not even a handful of men had the courage to put an end to that criminal?” Follow along in our minisode to "Valkyrie" as we reflect on the “what-ifs” of the assassination attempts on Adolf Hitler, and if they could have changed the war or saved lives.
info_outline Valkyrie 12/17/2019
Valkyrie This week our panelists are joined by critically acclaimed author and professor, Dr. Alexandra Richie, to judge the 2008 thriller "Valkyrie." Tune in as we explore the role of Claus von Stauffenberg in the last assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler, and whether the film replicates the actual attack on the Nazi régime.
info_outline Minisode To Pearl Harbor 12/09/2019
Minisode To Pearl Harbor "Pearl Harbor" (2001) may not tell the most accurate version of history, but in this minisode we tell the real stories of heroes Doris Miller, Kenneth Taylor, and George Welch. Listen to our host Seth Paridon and the voice of Roy “Swede” Boreen, a sailor who was aboard the USS Oklahoma on December 7, 1941, describe the date that will live in infamy.
info_outline Minisode To Operation Finale 11/25/2019
Minisode To Operation Finale In the minisode to “Operation Finale,” Seth Paridon explores the escapes and trials of SS officers Josef Mengele, Josef Schwammberger, and Franz Stangl. From the “Angel of Death” at Auschwitz to superintendent of the T-4 Euthanasia Program, we take a look at the Nazis’ roles in the most notorious concentration and extermination camps.
info_outline Operation Finale 11/18/2019
Operation Finale The story of Adolf Eichmann has been told and retold, but how does 2018’s “Operation Finale” compare to the past? Hear our panelists debate—in front of a live audience—the depiction of the Nazi officer responsible for Hitler’s “Final Solution” and if the film lives up to Eichmann’s truly dramatic capture.
info_outline Minisode To From Here To Eternity 10/14/2019
Minisode To From Here To Eternity Following last week’s discussion of “From Here to Eternity,” tune in this week to hear WWII veterans Clarence Herbert Weatherwax and Nolan Albarado discuss their experiences at Schofield Barracks during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
info_outline From Here To Eternity 10/07/2019
From Here To Eternity With its blockbuster cast—Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Donna Reed, Frank Sinatra, to name but a few—1953’s “From Here to Eternity” is the study of a peacetime Army. How well does this Academy Awards winner capture life in Schofield Barracks on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor?
info_outline Minisode To The Bridge On The River Kwai 09/16/2019
Minisode To The Bridge On The River Kwai Tune in to this week's minisode to hear the real story behind the construction of the Railway of Death from WWII Navy veterans Howard Brooks (pictured) and Alois Kopp. Listen to see if the movie's depiction of the Burma–Thai railway was accurately portrayed.
info_outline The Bridge On The River Kwai 09/09/2019
The Bridge On The River Kwai “The Bridge on the River Kwai” won 1958's Academy Awards for Best Picture, along with six other Oscars. Tune in to see if our panel feels that the 1957 British-American epic captured the true history of the construction of the Burma Railway.