Two Men Went To War Review

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Disappointed that they’re sitting out World War II on home soil with the Army Dental Corps, ageing sergeant Peter King and gormless private Leslie Cuthbertson go AWOL, steal a boat and invade Nazi-controlled France.


More Dad’s Army than Saving Private Ryan, this soft-and-gentle wallow in nostalgia fits in comfortably between a meat-and-two-veg Sunday lunch and Songs Of Praise.

Although based on a true story, its mood of fond remembrance feels more like a pensioner’s tall tale than a realistic report from the frontline. This is war as fought in a jolly English manner, where a grumpy Winston Churchill is affectionately indulged by senior officers, and bumbling heroes take on the might of the Third Reich with bravery and endearing stupidity.