World War 2 Films That Can Be a Historical Learning Materials

War should never be used as a way out, but there are always those who make it the only choice. Some even consider war as a way to build a new civilization.

Two major wars that have taken place are not widely known in detail by the world community. Especially World War II. This is where World War 2 films act as one of the right media to convey these details from another perspective.

Combined with fiction and additional stories that are deliberately inserted, it’s very interesting to watch World War 2 films. Here it is the recommendation!

1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan is a film made by director Steven Spielberg who adapted it from a true story. This best world war-themed film depicts the events of World War II, precisely D-day Invasion.

The best scene in Saving Private Ryan is the battle at Omaha Beach. The place is very describing the visualization of war as the “hell” of the world.

Not only that, but you will also be touched by Ryan’s search mission. The soldier had to go home for the mother who had been abandoned by all her children on the battlefield.

2. Pearl Harbor (2001)

Pearl Harbor
The bombings of Nagasaki City and Hiroshima will never be forgotten by the world. The conflict around this incident was finally raised to the big screen through a film called Pearl Harbor.

This best world war-themed film portrays a major event in history. This war killed many US soldiers and civilians. You will be emotionally touched when watching Pearl Harbor.

Not to mention the romantic and touching love story between the characters Refe, Evelyn, and Danny. Your feelings can be mixed when you see Refe, who was declared dead, turned out to be alive and come to Evelyn again.

3. American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper
American Sniper is one of the best world war-themed films ever made. Narrated about a Navy SEALS soldier named Chris Kyle, played by Bradley Cooper.

Kyle is a great marksman and is known for his accuracy in aiming at enemies on the battlefield. Thanks to this ability, Chris Kyle became a legend in US history. This American Sniper movie will really surprise you with the ending!

4.The Imitation Game (2014)

Imitation Game
The big screen that took Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the best world war-themed films. The Imitation Game tells the life of Alan Turing, a British scientist who is known for his problem-solving skills with codes.

The film is set in 1939 when Turing was employed by MI6 (British Intelligence Agency). He was asked to break the telegram code from the Nazis. Although there are not many displays of war action, The Imitation Game is a must-watch because there is important information that is missing written in history books.

5.Fury (2014)

Fury is one of the best world war-themed films. Narrated a group of US soldiers who were fighting in German territory. Fury itself is the name of the tank used by Brad Pitt and his friends during the war.

This film depicts well the lives of US soldiers. Clearly illustrated various kinds of pressure that occurred during World War II took place. If you idolize Brad Pitt, you have to prepare a tissue because of a dramatic and moving ending!

Japan After World War II: Nuclear, Democracy, and Demilitarized

That summer morning should be the same as other mornings. People carry out their activities as usual, even though World War is raging out there. Children go to school, mothers do household chores at home, while fathers go to factories or other places to make a living. On that sunny morning, no one would have thought that their lives would stop at 8:15.

That day, August 6, 1945, history recorded the first use of the atomic bomb in war.

Hiroshima, a large city in the southern part of Japan’s main island, Honshu, became its first victim. The bomb, which had an explosive power equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT, destroyed about 70% of the building and killed around 140,000 people, tens of thousands of them died instantly. Temperatures at the center of the bomb reached 7,000 degrees Celsius with a blast radius of 5 km. The explosion, which resembled a giant mushroom, caused a massive shock wave and instantaneous air expansion, which caused a large number of deaths. Some people yawn without a trace while others die crushed by building rubble or broken pieces.

Most of the victims on that day were civilians, and “only” around 20,000 people were from the military. Ninety percent of doctors and nurses died or suffered injuries because the bombs that were originally going to be taken down on an important bridge in the city reportedly missed so that it exploded above the hospital. 42 of the 45 hospitals in the city were destroyed or badly damaged so that most of the victims died without having the opportunity to get first treatment.

After facing the destruction of the city and the deaths of most of its citizens, residents of Hiroshima still have to face the effects of radiation from this bomb. Acute radiation symptoms such as vomiting, headaches, nausea, diarrhea, hair loss, until bleeding are experienced by residents affected by this radiation. This radiation sickness can cause death several weeks to several years afterward. The long-term effects experienced by victims include an increased risk of thyroid cancer and leukemia.

When the citizens of Hiroshima were still grieving, the second atomic bomb was dropped again by the United States. This time the target is not located on the main island, but in a small town in the south of Japan’s third-largest island, Nagasaki. August 9, 1945, one of the largest port cities in southern Japan, also experienced the same thing with Hiroshima. Although the bomb on Nagasaki is stronger than the Hiroshima bomb, the impact experienced by this city is not as big as Hiroshima, because the bomb fell some distance from the city center in a hilly and humid area. If added together, there were more than 200,000 deaths from the two bombs in the two cities above.

Six days later, on August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced that Japan surrendered, and on September 2, 1945, Japan’s defeat in World War II was officially signed. After the war, there were two important things that must be done by the United States and its allies, namely the demilitarization and democratization of Japan. The Japanese armed forces were disbanded in November 1946, and through the formation of article 9 of the Japanese constitution, Japan would not take part in the war anymore.

After the war, the United States and its allies called for a major change in October 1945, which guaranteed freedom of expression, the press, and association as well as the right to form a union of workers and peasants. Through this step, the United States clearly called for democracy in Japan. Subsequently, a law was formed which reduced the power of the emperor as the highest monarchal government to “symbol of the state and the unity of society.” Postwar Japan became part of a capitalist world that glorified the understanding of peace in the midst of modern world society.

The atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki changed not only Japan but also the world. This humanitarian tragedy is celebrated annually on August 6 and 9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The ground zero where the atomic bomb first fell was made a memorial to peace, and tens of thousands of people gather here every year to commemorate the atrocities of war. This year too, the 74th anniversary of the bombing in Hiroshima was held at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and was attended by around fifty thousand people from various countries. Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, in his speech, hoped to create a world without nuclear weapons even though Japan rejected the UN agreement on nuclear which was inaugurated last month and was on the side of nuclear-armed countries such as Britain, France, and the United States.