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Army May 26, 2011
Say again, over
If you can think of a clever, witty caption for the picture, above left, email
email@example.com with "caption competition May 26"
in the subject line. Keep entries under 25 words. Entries MUST include
sender's name, rank and unit.
May 12 winner
"I wish this suit was brown."
We also liked ...
"The Defence 'biggest loser' com-
petition just added a whole new
level of incentive."
Capt Nige Bellette
Army School of Electrical and
By Bob Dikkenberg
Pirates of the Caribbean:
On Stranger Tides
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope
Cruz, Geoffrey Rush and
I HAD all but given up on
Disney's blockbuster franchise by
the end of the third twisted, dis-
jointed mess of a film.
After 2003's brilliant The
Curse of the Black Pearl launched
Johnny Depp from his long career
as a leading man in often-good-but-
not-blockbuster films into big-time
Hollywood stardom, producer Jerry
Bruckheimer's pirate franchise sank
quickly into a tangled mess of con-
voluted plotlines and pointless jokes.
Thankfully, the fourth film has
surfaced leaner, sharper and much
more entertaining than the previous
Let's not get carried away -- it's
still not as good as the first film --
but it is an entertaining adventure
blockbuster that mostly manages to
suspend disbelief and get away with
its ludicrous action setpieces.
The basic story follows Captain
Jack Sparrow as he gets caught up
in a race between several compet-
ing parties to reach the mythical
Fountain of Youth. As expected, the
Tides turn good
If you have an interest-
ing story to tell and
you would like to see it
feature in Army, send
details to the editor by
or, for more informa-
Stories can either
be submitted or
researched and written
from scratch in-house.
If providing photos,
please ensure they are
high resolution and
include caption infor-
mation on where the
photo was taken, the
first and last names,
ranks and units
of all the people in
story mainly serves as a flimsy line
to tie together the various action
Thankfully, Orlando Bloom
doesn't even get a bit part. One
assumes he was cast in the first three
films as eye candy to attract more
viewers, but let's face it -- the Black
Pearl's wooden plank demonstrated
greater acting talent.
On Stranger Tides brings mer-
maids in as the series' newest super-
natural element and these sirens of
the deep are definitely not as sweet
and innocent as their namesake from
a certain previous Disney offering.
Ian McShane (Deadwood) brings
his usual menacing presence to the
character of Blackbeard, while series
veterans Depp and Geoffrey Rush
both play their parts to perfection.
It will be hard to ever top the
original film in the Pirates franchise,
but On Stranger Tides is definitely a
step back in the right direction and
should be enough to keep Pirates
afloat for at least one more entry.
-- John Wellfare
Strange: Johnny Depp is back as the loveable Jack Sparrow for a
refreshing improvement to the floundering Pirates franchise.
IVAN'S War is the story of the verita-
ble Red Army footslogger, nicknamed
"Ivan" by Axis and Allies alike.
The average Ivan was of peasant
stock, very young to middle aged, with
minimal education and ripe for indoctri-
nation. Ivan's view of the wider world
was heavily censored, restricted and
manipulated by the Communist regime.
The Geneva Convention Rules of War did
not apply to, nor were applied by Ivan.
The author has captured the genera-
tional essence of Ivan as born either pre
or post Russia's turbulent revolutionary
period of 1917-1923. Pre-revolutionary-
born Ivan was a little more mature and
circumspect of Communist and Red
Army ideology, doctrine and methods,
while his younger post-revolutionary
comrades tended to be more dogmatic
and "one eyed" generational differences
that would be reflected in the massive
Red Army losses of 1941-42.
Through detailed archival research
and interviews of surviving Red Army
veterans, the author has explored Ivan's
Account sheds light on
lot for Soviet soldiers
motives and actions in surrendering,
deserting or fighting the Axis foe. All
this in an environment where tank assets
were more valued than thousands of
Ivans, where casualty lists ran into the
millions, and where a suspected lapse in
loyalty to the regime risked immediate
summary execution and incarceration of
surviving family members to the Gulag.
That under such barbaric and con-
flicting circumstances Ivan could survive
(albeit millions did not) and somehow
rationalise the contradictions of his patri-
otism for the motherland under a merci-
less regime, is something for all
-- Gregory Jarosch
Ivan's War: The Red
Army at War 1939-45
By Catherine Merridale
Faber and Faber Ltd
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