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Action Scenes from 'Saving Private Ryan' Scene 1 - The Captain I look around at my men all swaying in the boat, all wet and windswept. We have been on this landing craft 10 maybe 12 hours, "Almost there now!" I say to my men. I can tell they are all tired; we have been sailing over night which means no sleep unless you can sleep standing up. My men about 30 of them, brave for standing up for their country. Probably never been to war before, whereas I'm more experienced, that's why I'm captain. The smell is putrid; it stinks of stale sick, the sea water smell of salt getting up my nose. How I long for the smell of food again, real food not the food we have to eat at the moment, slush as everyone calls it. All we have to drink is a small flask of water that just lasted the whole of the journey here. I look around again at all the men in the boat some being sick over the side, some clutching hold of crosses round their necks, praying maybe. ...read more.


I knew barely half of these men would survive the fatal bullets shooting out of the German guns. I blew my whistle, it was time. "GO, GO, GO!" I screamed. And down went the ramp. Scene 2 - The Soldier "Go, Go, Go!" shouted the captain as the ramp went down. This was it I thought; this could be the end of my life. I jumped out of the boat and into the cold, murky water; swimming as well as I could with all my equipment acting like an anchor dragging me down to the seabed. As I reach the shore all I could sea were dead men all around me, murdered by the enemy. I reach the end of the water spluttering, l had survived the first bit, fear ran through my body. Why was I doing this? I could be at home with my wife and children. But I had to be here it was my duty. The water around me was turning red, from all my fellow friends and soldiers' blood. ...read more.


My wife, my children, gone. Sinking slowly to the bottom of the seabed, the last thing I see is the black shadow of the German gun that murdered me. Scene 3 - German Soldier Down at the bottom of the cliff blood is splattering everywhere, the water has turned bright, pillar box red. I'm on the top of the cliff standing at my post, behind the gun. Suddenly the Americans start running towards the bottom of the cliff. It's my job to shoot them when they get off the landing crafts. But with the sudden surprise of movement I start to shoot at anything moving. The feel of the gun against my shoulder as I fire, drumming painfully, my shoulder feels numb it hurts so much. Screams of the American soldiers as they get shot, sounding like cats being strangled. More landing crafts still arrived. The smell of us Germans on the top of the cliff in all our gear, guns and ammunition, sweating. The sea thrashing about at the bottom of each landing craft, like a lion. "Aaaaah" screamed the soldier next to me, he had been shot. Omaha beach, 6th June 1944, approximately 12 thousand casualties. By Rachel Marshall 10BN ...read more.

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