Series 2012 - Saving Private Ryan: The True Story

Saving Private Ryan: The True Story

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Historians, eye-witnesses, weapons and forensics experts provide compelling new insights into the facts behind the classic film.

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  • scott

    11 months ago

    scott

    Cefn Taylor your right and also in this program they used a target on level ground so the arc wouldnt be the same so shooting to a bell tower would mean the arc would be perfect to go through! why do people knock films but also get it wrong themselves!! annoying

  • eve

    over 1 year ago

    eve

    this movie is an awsome movie you should watch it

  • Mike M

    almost 2 years ago

    Mike M

    Oh my gosh. How silly. My grandad was a bren gunner on Gold Beach. He called "saving private Ryan" a comedy. Oh My God Michael, he said, it wasn't the dark ages. We had radios. They would just radio him in and instantly pull him. And the "fog" of war, says was about as big as your sergeant's boot. He says he killed women, children, dogs, cats, German slaves but virtually no actual Germans. He said the Americans buggered the thing up by being so damned slow. So to sum it up -- They had radios. In fact their airplanes had fuel injection systems comparable to today. Ridiculous folks. Wake up.

  • David Powell

    2 years ago

    David Powell

    Interesting concept. Offer people adverts without the programme. Should be popular! You'll get lots of satisfied people and lots of accolades. After all who wants to see an interesting programme when you can see the Compare the Market and TA adverts over and again!

  • Taffyw

    2 years ago

    Taffyw

    The programme still will not play/appear even when i've reduced the security and 'pop-up' settings. i've made enquiries with 'demand' and channel5 but had NO replay nor the fault fixed, this is poor service. I wonder if reporting the fault to the BBC's WATCHDOG would help? Normally i like channel5 but this treatment is a sure way to lose a loyal customer, PLEASE fix the fault.

  • Steven

    2 years ago

    Steven

    Forgot to mention the little oversight that the German units depicted in the last battle were not actually there during that time period. No SS and no Tigers.

  • luke

    2 years ago

    luke

    Download just not working ..... as reported days ago, not a problem with More4 or BBC iPlayer ...... time to get your tech support sorted out guys.

  • Cefn Taylor

    2 years ago

    Cefn Taylor

    I am writing about the documentry, you showed about the true facts of Saving Private Ryan, there one part of this program, that I have a problem with, this is the shooting of the Sniper in the Bell Tower, this could actually be true, the only problem I have with this part of the recreation is the Telescopic scope which was used was smaller than the Telescopic scope in the film, the Telescopic scope in the film, had a larger lens. Where as the one in the recreation, had a smaller lens, ie that of the modern Military Telescopic scope, if the person, who created this documentery had done his home-work properly, you would not be getting this writen note from me.

  • Cefn Taylor

    2 years ago

    Cefn Taylor

    I watched your documentry on the facts of saving Private Ryan, but I have one problem, it is about the Sniper shot through the Telescopic scope, this part could actually be true, but the recreation of this shot was wrong, for the Telescoping sights, which were used in the recreation, were of the modern type, the scope's they used in the film, Saving Private Ryan, had a larger lens, like hunting Scopes. And these are actual fact, if someone had done their homework, this would have been noticed, before it was Aired on your channel.

  • Barry

    2 years ago

    Barry

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all members of all armed services, who put their lives on the line, so we have the freedom’s to have debates like this

  • Swiftster

    2 years ago

    Swiftster

    Great premise for a show but unfortunately if I want the facts I will watch a documentary. If I want to be thrilled and entertained I watch a film and who cares if the facts are a little tainted. Not a series I will be getting in to. Imagine if EastEnders or Corrie were subjected to the same format.

  • Julie

    2 years ago

    Julie

    I found that when I used Internet Explorer my ability to view programs was hit and miss, since I changed browser to Firefox, I have no problems watching any programs. I also found lots of other things work better in Firefox.

  • peedoffviewer

    2 years ago

    peedoffviewer

    Stop removing my comments and focus your energies on FIXING the problem! NO ONE can watch the damn programme. YOur On Demand isnt working.

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  • Chris

    2 years ago

    Chris

    I Was the medic in this series. The facts are very well researched. Www.chrisnicholls.webs.com

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  • Taffyw

    2 years ago

    Taffyw

    have tried for days to watch this episode as well as the "true grit" programme, had NO luck. The page appears but the area where the programme should play is just a blank grey screen. I'm not pleased. Have reported fault more than once, got NO reply, this is sure way to encourage users to switch to other channels. I would like to support Channel 5 but because of the lack of service and help feel that i may have to give that support to an other channel. Please help me to remain a happy and content viewer.

  • David Stokes

    2 years ago

    David Stokes

    Its a lucky shot, just like the one fired from the destroyer offshore which went through a gun slit and blew a bunker to smithereens overlooking the beach. What really bothered me was that if they were going to do an analysis of the facts, what about all the stuff they didnt pick up on. The beach was far wider at that time of day (400 yards, not 100), the bluffs were much higher, no real movement off the beach in that sector for at least 2-3 hours. That's just the first few scenes. Miller's men come up against an SS panzer division in the climactic battle. Not possible given they were not in the American sector at that time. There were no tiger tanks of any division against the Americans at that time. I have no problem with the movie, I think its an awesome feat of film making. The discrepancies are ok with me, the spirit of the movie is what matters. That and the opinion of the veterans who have seen it. The problem is the documentary, its another example of selective reporting and the supposed need for audiences to see reenactments when what we want is really solid analysis and more from the people who were there. Not 3 men and a jeep running round in the woods, trying to look earnest.

  • steve

    2 years ago

    steve

    did some of the people who made ungrounded comments either watch this program or the film featured by the way i am qualified to speak about ballistics and have fired a couple of rounds!

  • Jeremy Nicholson

    2 years ago

    Jeremy Nicholson

    If you read the autobiography of gunnery sergeant carlos hathcock he performed a shot down the tube of a scope sight during the vietnam war

  • doug

    2 years ago

    doug

    Hitting a 40mm scope lens at 400+ yards with a ww2 rifle in bad visibility, pouring rain with water on your own lenses, lying shivering on a pile of bricks, is stretching credibility a little. But its a great film, and a good programme.

  • doug

    2 years ago

    doug

    Hitting a 40mm scope lens at 400+ yards with a ww2 rifle in bad visibility, pouring rain, with water on your scope lens, while lying wet & shivering on a pile of bricks, .. is stretching credabilty a little, whatever the elevation difference.

  • Michael Miles

    2 years ago

    Michael Miles

    The difference in height of the two shooters makes no difference unless it so great that gravitational force is significantly different. Then, the shooters would surely be out of range. Both the shooters will be aiming slightly above the other shooter. Both shooters will be pointing in the direction of the incoming bullet. The example in the programme shows both shooters at the same height so the bullets will follow almost identical trajectories but in reverse. The bullets would probably collide unless one shooter, as in the film, shoots first. If the feat is possible at 100m then it is possible at 400m. Just 16 times more difficult to do. This is third form physics so you don't need to be Brian Cox to work it out. Unless WW2 was conducted in a vacuum, surely none of this makes sense.

  • Matt Seiber

    2 years ago

    Matt Seiber

    I thought it was excellent, well done

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  • phillip wain

    2 years ago

    phillip wain

    Your asumption about the trajectory about the sniper is all wrong if you are fireing a gun in a straight line then you are right but if you fire at a elevated target like up at a church tower because the bullet is being fired upwards the trajectoary is flater so the shot through the scope is well possable get your fact right .By the way yes i have fired a few guns and i know the trajectoary is flater because ive fired upward at target myself.

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