Announcing the WW2 Blogathon

This year is the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War. To mark this important anniversary, myself and my friend, Jay from Cinema Essentials, are teaming up together to host a WW2 themed blogathon.    

ww2 2For this blogathon you can write about any film or TV series set during WW2. You can also write about any WW2 documentaries. You can also write about the experiences of actors or filmmakers who served during the war. You can write more than one entry if you wish to do so.

We are not going to allow any duplicates. However, if a film or series has already been claimed for a full review, there is nothing to stop someone else writing briefly about it in a list/article of favourite/best WW2 films or series. 

The blogathon will run between the 1st and the 3rd of September, 2019. I will be your hostess on the 1st. Jay will be your host on the 2nd and 3rd. Please have your posts ready on or before those dates. 

Please take one of Jay’s awesome banners from below to put on your site to help advertise the event. Check the participation list to see who is writing about what. 

Participation List

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films: Danger UXB (TV series) 

Cinema Essentials: The Eagle Has Landed, Hurricane, Bridge On The River Kwai

Palewriter: Mrs. Miniver and O.S.S

Vinnieh: Carve Her Name With Pride

Thoughts All Sorts: Kelly’s Heroes

Back Story Classic: Demi-Paradise

The Stop Button: The Big Red One

Poppity Talks Classic Film: La Grande Vadrouille

MovieMovieBlogII: Schindler’s List

Realweegiemidgetreviews: Where Eagles Dare

Cinematic Scribblings: Army Of Shadows

Down These Mean Streets: Hangmen Also Die

Back To Golden Days: Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and The Great Escape

dbmoviesblog: Letters From Iwo Jima

Make Mine Film Noir: Cornered

Caftan Woman: Corvette K-225

Silver Screenings: Tora Tora Tora!

Critica Retro: The Seventh Cross 

The Midnite Drive-In: Patton, Von Ryan’s Express & Five Came Back: A Story Of Hollywood And The Second World War

In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Without Love

Mike’s Take On The Movies: Counterpoint

Dubsism: Fighter Squadron

Pop Culture Reverie: The Dirty Dozen

Taking Up Room: So Proudly We Hail, In Which We Serve & Wake Island

Overturebooksandfilms: The Hollywood Canteen

Love Letters To Old Hollywood: The Best Years Of Our Lives

Silver Screen Classics: Stalag 17

RetroMovieBuff: A Canterbury Tale

Just A Cineast: Millions Like Us

Moon In Gemini: The Mortal Storm

The lonely Critic: The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp

Wolfman’s Cult Film Club: The Way Ahead

18 Cinema Lane: In Love And War

Sean Munger: Downfall

Movie Rob: The Sea Wolves and Anne Frank Remembered

Oscars And I: 49th Parallel 

Pure Entertainment Preservation Society: Destination Tokyo 

Stars And Letters: A letter about WW2 

Diary Of A Movie Maniac: The Secret Of Santa Vittoria


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114 thoughts on “Announcing the WW2 Blogathon

      1. thoughtsallsorts

        Hi Maddy. All good…just got so much on the go with work at the moment…not enough hours in the day 🙂 And just been busy…early mornings, late nights…but trying to be at least a little active here…for me…


  1. dbmoviesblog

    That’s a great idea. Will it be “appropriate” for me to review Clint Eastwood’s “Letters from Iwo Jima” (2006)? I know it is a film from the perspectives of the Japanese, but I guess Eastwood wanted to make an anti-war movie about the futility of wars in general no matter what side one fights on.


  2. Marianne

    Would it be possible to write an entry for the World War II Blogathon that discusses a film like Cornered (1945), about the immediate aftermath of the war as experienced by Dick Powell’s character Laurence Gerard? And if I need to pick a date, can it be September 3? (I left this same request at Cinema Essentials.)

    Many thanks for hosting!
    Make Mine Film Noir


  3. WinthropJQuiggy

    The problem is narrowing it down to three! (one each day…) OK. The first one has to be “Patton”. I finally got to see that on the big screen this year, but haven’t written it up yet. That covers the fighting theater. For a POW movie I’d like “Von Ryan’s Express” (my second favorite POW movie, behind “The Great Escape” which I’ve already done as a post). Third I’d like to get a little light-hearted and do a piece about the home front and cover Steven Spielberg’s somewhat mis-maligned “1941”.

    Quiggy (The Midnite Drive-In)


      1. WinthropJQuiggy

        Would it be possible to alter that entry to allow for a book report instead? I’m reading a fine book on the war experiences of five directors: Frank Capra, John Ford, John Huston, George Stevens and William Wyler. The title is “Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the second World War” by Mark Harris. I’d substitute it for “1941”….


  4. Wolfman's Cult Film Club

    Awesome idea Maddy and Jay. It’s a bit way off to commit myself just now but I’m sure I’ll join in later if you’ll have me. I have a list of WW2 films I need to get to so I’m sure I’ll find one which hasn’t been taken yet. All the best Mikey


  5. In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood

    Hi Maddy. I’ve just returned from my vacation, and one of the first things I saw was this announcement. Could I please write about “From Here To Eternity” ( 1953 ) please? During my stay in Hawaii, I visited Hanoma Beach Cove and Blowhole, where Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster filmed the iconic kissing scene on the beach. I also went to Pearl Harbour on the same day, so I think its rather fitting that I claim that. Thanks in advance.


  6. J-Dub

    There’s so much to choose from on this topic, but this seems like a great chance to do a deep dive on a 1948 Edmund O’Brien vehicle “Fighter Squadron.”


  7. Michaela

    Would The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) be okay? I’m kind of shocked no one else has taken it, but their loss is my gain, I guess. 😉


  8. Edirin Oputu

    Hello Maddy, could I write about ‘A Canterbury Tale’, please for Retro Movie Buff ( Thank you!


      1. 18cinemalane

        You’re welcome! That’s ok if you don’t want to participate in the award, as it’s completely optional. Looking forward to talking about “In Love and War” in September!


  9. Sean Munger

    I know I am super late to the party! Not too late, I hope? I would like to do “Downfall” (“Der Untergang” in German) from 2004. Though it will primarily be about that film, I may compare it to other depictions of “the bunker” in movies.

    My blog is:

    Also, I have a blogathon of my own running at the same time! Hope it is okay to mention it here:

    Thanks, and I look forward to participating!


  10. cottagecaretakersyahoocom

    Dear Maddy,

    This looks like a great blogathon! I am a huge supporter of World War II films, especially those made during the war, since I think they tell viewers more about the real history of the war than textbooks. I would like to participate with an article about “Destination Tokyo” from 1943, if that hasn’t been claimed yet.

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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      1. cottagecaretakersyahoocom

        Dear Maddy,

        Thank you! I am looking forward to this.

        By the way, I would like to invite you to a blogathon my sister is hosting, “The Phantom of the Opera Blogathon.” Taking place on September 23-25, it will be dedicated to all things “phantom.” I don’t know if you are a “phan,” but we would love to have you join us!

        Yours Hopefully,

        Tiffany Brannan


    1. maddylovesherclassicfilms Post author

      Great review, Quiggy. I have only seen this once and on the strength of your review I will be sure to check it out again. This one doesn’t always get a lot of attention, so many thanks for shining the spotlight on it. Thank you so much for joining us.



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