Sunday, March 18, 2007

Lessons In Moral Courage
That pertain to us all

My last tour of duty in the Marine Corps was as the Director of one of the NCO Leadership courses up in Camp Lejeune. I had open-forum discussions with the students on many a topic. But one of my favorites was on moral courage. I'd show one of the below listed films, and we'd discuss it afterwards.

If any of you are in a leadership position where you work, I strongly suggest you get your hands on any or all of the following films. I easily can see how they would be pertinent in any line of work... business and industry, medical, education, etc.

Fail Safe. Perhaps the best Cold War thriller ever made. A flight of Air Force bombers mistakenly get the green light to launch a nuclear strike on the Soviet Union.
Breaker Morant. Excellent Australian film telling the true story of three Aussie Officers on trial during the Boer War on trumped up charges of killing POW's.

The Beast. A sleeper that told the story of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan from the Russians point of view. A lost Soviet tank is hunted down by Afghan Mujahadeen.

The Cain Mutiny. The strain of leadership under combat. The speech that the defense attorney gives at the end turns the entire film on it's head.

The Bedford Incident. A cross between Fail Safe and The Cain Mutiny. A US Navy Destroyer's skipper pushes his can-and-mouse game with a Soviet nuclear sub a little too hard.Like I was saying... all five films are excellent studies in not only moral courage, but the human condition under stress. Each and every one is a must see.


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Here's something many don't know. The Bedford insident was based on an actual incident between us and the Soviets. I have this from a highly credible friend whgo was a sailor on board our ship (a destroyer, I think). Because it came years later when the USSR was much more powerful, the Cuban missile crisis pales in comparison in how close we came to nuclear war.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

How about some from Blighty?

In Which We Serve

The Dam Busters


The Colditz Story

Or the story of my father's regiment
Sea of sand

That's pretty much the whole of the British Armed Services covered ;-)

4:04 PM  
Blogger Simon-Peter Vickers-Buckley said...

You forgot 633 Squadron.
The Cruel Sea.
The Ship that Died of Shame.
The Immortal Battalion.
Ice Cold In Alex.
One of our Aircraft is Missing.
Western Approaches.
Cockelshell Heroes.
This Happy Breed.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Spot on, S-P

8:16 PM  

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