Friday, October 3, 2008

October Film Fest: Decisive Battles of History

Please join members of the Hillsboro Main Library staff for the film and discussion series, Decisive Battles of History.

The four battles are widely separated in time and geography, but all have a significance that transcends the purely military. Each can be counted as marking a psychological or social turning point in world history.

Anyone interested in history might enjoy these films and the chance to discuss them.

The series takes place at Hillsboro Main Library, 2850 NE Brookwood Parkway, in the Meeting Room every Saturday in October at 2pm.

Saturday, October 4: The Battle of Thermopylae
The Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) was fought between a small force of allied Greek soldiers (estimated to be about 6,000), against the overwhelming might of the Persian army (estimated at 300,000). The courage and determination of the outnumbered force who held out for three days before being wiped out, gave a psychological boost to the rest of the Greek allies, who ultimately drove the Persians out of their homeland. The recent film "300" deals with this battle, with some blatant historical errors.

Saturday, October 11: Battle of Waterloo
The Battle of Waterloo (1815) was Napoleon Bonaparte’s final attempt to assert French dominance over Europe. An allied force form several countries, most notably England and Prussia, defeated him, and France never again threatened to control Europe.

Saturday, October 18: Yamamato vs. Nimitz
Nimitz vs. Yamamoto was the clash of two brilliant admirals in WWII in the Pacific. When they met at the Battle of Midway (1942), the Japanese had recorded a string of victories and American morale was low. The resulting American victory meant that the Japanese could not threaten Hawaii or the U.S. mainland again.

Saturday, October 25: The Tet Offensive
The Tet Offensive (1968) was one of the most brutal engagements in the Vietnam war. The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong made a serious attempt to take over several major cities including Hue and Saigon. This effort ultimately failed to achieve its military objective, but is credited with helping to turn many Americans against the war.