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Offline Phil Robinson

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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2018, 12:01:09 PM »
You do realize that for any post that opens with 'Of interest?' and then goes to straight to a link to a blog there is an internetiquette rule that requires you to close with 'Amicalement'.  ;)

Actually it is quite interesting, thanks for the heads-up.
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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2018, 12:04:57 PM »
I've seen it. It is a bit too melodramatic for my test, but the CG and mass scenes are impressive.

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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2018, 12:18:05 PM »
You do realize that for any post that opens with 'Of interest?' and then goes to straight to a link to a blog there is an internetiquette rule that requires you to close with 'Amicalement'.  ;)

Actually it is quite interesting, thanks for the heads-up.

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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2018, 03:09:08 PM »
Thanks for posting that up Phil. Looks worthy enough to me.
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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2018, 07:14:23 PM »
Oh b4gger - I feel another new period coming on.....  ;)

It looks brilliant!
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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2018, 07:47:28 PM »
Looks real good.

However, given that Germany was allowed no air force after the Great War,
would the Friekorps had that many planes?

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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2018, 08:14:45 PM »
Looks real good.

However, given that Germany was allowed no air force after the Great War,
would the Friekorps had that many planes?
It could have taken a while to take effect.  These guys could have been leftover.

Or simply added for dramatic effect.

Looks like a great movie to me (I'm 1/2 Lithuanian and 1/2 German/Austrian, so anything Baltic and Germanic is interesting.)

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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2018, 08:46:25 PM »
Thank you Tango  :)

Close! The correct response is actually 'hope you liked it boys' although given the history of that particular site, it may well be a mistranlation of 'hope you like boys'.  :)

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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2018, 06:21:35 PM »
However, given that Germany was allowed no air force after the Great War,
would the Friekorps had that many planes?

Artistic licence if you want my opinion. I think the freikorps had a few airplanes but they used them mainly for observation...when they could make them fly.
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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2018, 08:46:26 PM »
I was actually reading the background on the Latvian liberation post-WWI. It's quite complicated and involves lots of parties switching sides or suffering dramatic reversals (To give you a sense of how crazy things were, the German forces in this trailer were technically "Russian" forces by the time of the attack on Riga, while there were few ACTUAL Russian forces left in Latvia at all). Not only were Latvia and Germany involved, but Russia, Poland, Estonia, Britain, and other local players. The Latvian wars of independence also sort of overlapped with the early stages of the Polish-Soviet war as well!

Apparently the Freikorps were documented as having 64 planes around the time of the film. While they might've lost some in the battles leading up to the assault on Riga, they definitely had airplanes in some numbers.  

Remember that Versailles didn't happen until 1919. As ErikB pointed out, the confiscation of war materiel took time and I doubt the Germans were very cooperative when they could get away with it (Scapa Flow, anyone?). As I recall from other reading, the disarming process continued into the early 20's (winding down around 1922 or 23, IIRC?)
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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2018, 09:58:46 PM »
I've got that one on DVD. It's more or less typical of the numerous war movies coming out of Eastern Europe over the last decade. Characters are run-of-the-mill, the plot is predictable and pathos-ridden, but it is much, much better than the Polish Warsaw 1920 movie, and the costumes and equipment looks excellent, with very decent CGI used effectively.

Better watch this one than the Warsaw film.

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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2018, 10:28:10 PM »
Ordered on dvd because it’s better than watching ‘Skating On Ice’ with the Mrs! 😩

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Re: Riga 1919
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2018, 10:50:13 PM »
I haven't seen the Warsaw film but it doesn't surprise me. I watched the onecon Westerplatte and that was so hackneyed it hurt. Nice costumes and effects though.

 

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