Thursday, September 02, 2010

War and Military According To Hollywood!


Hollywood : The Enigma coding machine was captured by the US Navy using a disguised submarine.
Real Life : The first naval enigma machine was captured when destroyer HMS Bulldog forces the surrender of U-110 in 1941. Of the 15 Naval Enigma machines captured during the war, only ONE was by the US 1944!

Hollywood: The disguised USS S-33 was sunk by the German Type XIV Milchkuh re-supply U-Boat.
Real Life : Type XIV U-Boat is unarmed!

Hollywood : The captured U-571 was attacked first by an aircraft and then a destroyer.
Real Life : The only German surface warships venturing far out into the Atlantic are the capital ships and auxiliary cruisers. As for the plane, no WW2 destroyers from both sides ever carried a plane!

Rambo III
Hollywood : Rambo managed to drive AND shoot the gun of a Soviet tank (see also Goldeneye)
Real Life : There is a reason why a tank have at least 3 crewmembers, right?

Black Hawk Down
Hollywood : The Battle of Mogadishu was single-handedly won by the US Rangers.
Real Life : There was a significant contribution by the Malaysian and Pakistani Army in extracting the trapped Rangers.

Battle Of The Bulge
Hollywood : The Ardennes was a flat wide plains and the tanks have free movement and that it was sunny in the middle of December 1944.
Real life : The Ardennes is hilly and forested and that the winter of 1944/1945 was one of the worst up to that time.....

Hollywood : A single man can handle the M134 Minigun with no difficulty.
Real Life : The recoil would throw Jesse Ventura off balance especially when firing at even the 'slow' setting of 3000 rounds per minute. Plus he must have superhuman strength to carry the gun, its ammo and the battery pack,which could weigh as much as hundreds of pounds!

Hollywood : The same Minigun can fire for minutes, spewing thousands of rounds.
Real Life : Unless they carry an ammo box the size of a filing cabinet, the backpack ammo box would be empty in probably 1-2 seconds of firing!

Tomorrow Never Dies
Hollywood : The British Type 23 frigate carries Tomahawk missiles to attack targets in Central Asia.
Real Life : As of 1997, no British surface warfare ships carry anything more powerful than the Harpoon missile

Hollywood : The PLAAF fighters were alleged to attack the HMS Devonshire using torpedoes.
Real life : anti-surface ship, air-launched torpedoes went extinct with Avengers, Kates and Swordfishes....

Starship Troopers
Hollywood : The military of the future goes to war in almost a throwback of pre-industrial revolution battle tactics - mainly using infantry; no tanks, no APCs not even CAS aircraft!
Real life : Even when fighting in low-intensity conflicts, the modern military try to use as much technological advantage over their enemy...and that's just in the 20th Century.....

1 comment:

Hairil Rizal said...

Haha.. very true indeed.

That's why sometimes people say that we are just being fooled by these Hollywood movie makers.