Since movies first started being made, we have always tried to tell stories about wars and armies. While in the make-believe world of cinema we have heroes and villains fighting each other, the army or military are people who actually lay down their lives for their jobs. They live lives way more dangerous than the heroes of our films. Thus, it has always been a desire among men to portray military and army lives on the silver screen. Their real-life stories are far more shocking than any fiction we can come up with. We have seen many movies, TV shows, and documentaries on war and the effects of war. Some of the best war movies surely include names like ‘Where Eagles Dare’ (1968), ‘The Guns Of Navarone’ (1961), ‘Apocalypse Now‘ (1979), ‘Saving Private Ryan‘ (1998) and ‘Full Metal Jacket‘ (1987).
Most war movies have anti-war messages that acknowledge the sheer horror and brutalities that men involved in it are forced to face. They tell the world how war has ravaged and plundered the lives of many. The futility of so many sacrifices is laid bare in truly great war movies. On a similar vein, numerous TV shows have also been made on the army or military. These shows, while showing us the true nature of war, also try to explore the lives of the men and women who are soldiers and would do anything to protect their country. We understand what they do when they are not fighting. The rigorous training, discipline, and struggle is something to learn from. With that said, here’s the list of really good army shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now:
7. Our World War (2014)
‘Our World War’ is a British television series written by Joe Barton and it depicts the first-hand experiences of many British soldiers who fought in the First World War. The entire show is divided into three episodes. The first episode follows a battalion called The Royal Fusiliers as they prepare to cross a Belgian town. However, they are unaware that the town has already been captured by the Germans. The second episode depicts the conditions of the British soldiers during the Battle Of Somme. The Battle of Amiens is the focus of the third episode of the series. In each episode, what is common is the fear of death. When a soldier is so close to his enemies, the first thought that flashes through his mind is that he may not be able to make it out of it alive. This first-hand portrayal of such a situation during war is what makes this series stand out.
6. 21 Sarfarosh – Saragarhi 1897 (2018)
This is a story of extraordinary courage. The story is based on a true event called The Battle of Saragarhi. In this battle, 21 Sikh soldiers of the British Indian Army defended a fort against 10,000 Afghan tribals. It is believed that the 21 soldiers managed to kill 600 enemies before the fort was breached and all of them were killed. The series initially ran on Discovery Jeet before it became available to stream on Netflix. It is one of the best Indian TV shows based on military personnel.