Chestnut Lodge Wargames Group

Movies: Age of Imperialism 1800AD –1914AD



Crimean War 1853-56

Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) (Peter Merritt)

A major countermands orders and attacks to avenge a previous massacre of men, women, and children.


American Civil War 1861-1865

Glory (1989) (Deborah Southwell)

Col. Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.


Red Badge of Courage. (Brian Cameron)

Truncated adaptation of Stephen Crane’s novel about a Civil War Union soldier who struggles to find the courage to fight in the heat of battle.


Gettysburg (Dave Boundy)

In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.


The Outlaw Josey Wales (Jonathon Pickles)

Missouri farmer Josey Wales joins a Confederate guerrilla unit and winds up on the run from the Union soldiers who murdered his family.


Gone with the Wind (1939) (Deborah Southwell)

The manipulative daughter of a Georgia plantation owner conducts a turbulent romance with a roguish profiteer during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.


Zulu War 1879

Zulu (1964)

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke’s Drift.


Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902

Breaker Morant (1980) (Deborah Southwell)

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialled for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.


First Russian Revolution 1905

Battleship Potemkin (1925) (Dave Boundy)

During the Russian Revolution of 1905, the crew of the battleship Potemkin mutiny against the brutal, tyrannical regime of the vessel’s officers. The resulting street demonstration in Odessa brings on a police massacre.



One Comment
  1. The description and link to ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ is to the 1936 Errol Flynn version, which conflated both Crimean War and some semi-Mutiny pre-story as context – despite the Mutiny being in 1857.

    Great filming using professional riders in Mexico with near-zero animal/actor welfare rules, and it features perhaps the only occurance of Lord Raglan as a wiley tactician/strategist… Perhaps move this into the ‘Fantasy’ list, if there will be one?!

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