Empire101 I think your memory is failing you - Pathos was one of the four musketeers....
Seriously though, great days indeed! The film was released in 69 and I remember being taken by my dad to see the film with my brother at the Odeon Hammersmith - I guess it must have been a re-run a year or so later as I would have been too young to remember otherwise.
As a kid I used to use my mums plastic laundry basket as my "cockpit" when playing Battle of Britain. I saw Waterloo around the same time - FANTASTIC - and lets face it, as a kid (apart from when kicking a football) I was rarely happier than when shooting Jerry or having a swordfight with a Frenchy!!
And what with swapping 'War Picture Library' comics in the playground, with stories about huge muscular 'Tommies' and 'Joe's' fighting huge muscular Germans,
who generally only uttered the words 'Scweinhundt', 'Gott Strafe England', and 'Kill them all' etc.
Or Japanese with huge spectacles, buck teeth etc and who were forever waving swords and running aimlessly about and only had one word, 'Banzai' in their volcabulary.
WWII looked so simple then.
And then I grew up and found out it was'nt all white hats vs black hats, the good guys were sometimes bad and the bad guys were sometimes good.
The world was a far simpler place when I was 9.
Our lives may be more boring than those who lived in apocalyptic times,
but being bored is greatly preferable to being prematurely dead because of some ideological fantasy. - Michael Burleigh