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Dirty Heroes (1967)
Two soldiers from shot down allied bombers join forces with a German POW camp guard and Dutch partisans to steal jewelry from the Wermacth headquarters.

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A German assassin team is after the Allied leaders.

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Anzio (1968)
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Commandos (1968)
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British commando unit parachutes into German territory. Their mission: to destroy German planes at an airfield the British can't reach from the air because of the nearby AA guns.

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German saboteurs steal the identities of British soldiers evacuating from Dunkerque. Their aim to reach England and destroy the radar systems there in order to allow the German bombers to reach the coast without being noticed.

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War Devils (1969)
American commando group and the German forces hunting them both hide in the same cave during a large tank battle and the following sand storm. When the storm clears, they realize they are left to survive on their own in the scorching desert.

The survivors part ways but will meet again in Europe...

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Inexperienced American lieutenant (George Hilton) and two American prisoners (Klaus Kinski & Ray Saunders) are the only force standing between advancing German troops and an Italian town that was "freed" by the trio.

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Small commando group is sent far into the desert to blow up a German fuel site along with everything else there at the moment.

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A German tank platoon is destroyed in an ambush by American troops. What the Americans fail to notice is that some of the members of the tank crews survive and manages to fix one of the tanks. Trapped far behind enemy lines some of the Germans want to surrender but the lieutenant in charge of the repaired tank is determined to either reach their own lines or die trying.

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The Ravine (1969)
A female partisan sniper is causing trouble to the German troops and the Germans send one of their own snipers to take her down. Romance!

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Israeli scout troops get stranded in the desert during the Six Day War when their jeeps break and the rescue helicopter is shot down.

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Five for Hell (1969)
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Set in the Congo Crisis (1960-1966)?

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Kill Rommel! (1969)
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The Italian secret agent Riccardo Cloro is sent undercover as a Swiss businessman to Graz by train, in which he gets to know Rada, a Czech Jew. He is then informed about his mission: He is to kill Tsaimitis, head of the resistance movement in Budapest.

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After the fall of Manila, a small group of survivors in one island wage a guerrilla war against the occupying Japanese forces.

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Desert Battle (1969)
Small group of British and German soldiers are trapped in the desert and have to try to work together in order to survive back to their own lines.

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The war in Europe is ending, but the American troops have to find a scientist on the run who is also chased by some surviving SS forces.
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Corbari (1970)
Based on the true story of Italian partisan Silvio Corbari.

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A Greek-Spanish-Italian co-production set in Greece during WWII. That's basically all I know...
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Hornets' Nest (1970)
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Germans pretending to be an American commando team (through hypnosis and plastic surgery) kidnap Rommel and begin their journey into Allied lines, final objective being the assassination of Roosevelt.

But other German troops are unaware of their mission and true identities...

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Hart's War 32 years earlier.

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Overrun! (1970)
A small group of British soldiers and nurses are trapped behind the enemy lines during the North African campaign.

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British officer is given an American explosives team to lead deep into the North African desert, their objective a German fuel site. Conflicts between the officer and his men cause trouble and isn't helped by some enemy survivors and their stories of ancient gold hidden somewhere in the desert.

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An undercover nazi in Libya aims to steal fuel and deliver it to a specific location in the desert where an Italian bomber would refuel on its way to Allied target.

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Allied POWs escape and join the partisans in an operation to capture a German general.

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A Sold Life (1976)
Set during Spanish civil war. Might be too serious to belong on the list? :P
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Half nazisploitation, half war.
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I have to admit I can't remember ever hearing the term macaroni combat before Tarantino recently used it somewhere (maybe it was an interview in Severin's Inglorious Bastards release...). Supposedly the term came from the Japanese. For me these movies have always been part of Euro war but that kinda covers a lot of movies from a lot of countries. So...

Here's a list of the movies that might fit under the term macaroni combat at least the way I see it. Italian produced or co-produced war movies made in the 60s and the 70s. Made with crew and cast familiar from spaghetti westerns, and with some spaghetti western style and music included. Don't bother looking for authentic weaponry, tanks, uniforms or other equipment. Some with more serious tone and story lines, others less serious.

The movies were no doubt influenced by at least the Dirty Dozen. Italians saw the chance to make some money and took it. But unlike the spaghetti westerns, the genre basically died right after birth with only few movies made after the first years.

From the current list the amount of movies released per year:

1967 2
1968 5
1969 23
1970 9
1971 3
1973 1
1974 1
1976 1
1977 1
1978 2
1979 1


Few of the movies might be too serious to be on list (haven't seen so hard to know) and I have a left a few out because they probably are a little bit different:

Un homme de trop (1967)
5th Day of Peace (1969)
Many Wars Ago (1970)
Massacre in Rome (1973)
Nothing to Report (1973)
Hitler: The Last Ten Days (1973)
Mussolini: Ultimo atto (1974)

Then again, maybe some or none of these would not exist without the others so perhaps they should be included. Oh well.

There's also two mercenary movies from 1978 but I have a feeling these would be more of exploitation than war. Still, maybe on the list?

Skin 'em Alive (1978)
Duri a morire (1978)

And what about the following four.

Appuntamento col disonore (1970) is a spy movie set in the time of WWII without any war scenes? Klaus Kinski!

The following two happen during WWI (?) but I'm not sure if there is even any war action in them at all.
Il sergente Klems (1971)
Deserto di fuoco (1971)

Situation Normal, All Fouled Up (Rosolino Paternò, soldato…) (1970) comedy anything to do with Macaroni Combat?


And I'm sure you noticed, since I mentioned it... that the list currently has movies only from the 60s and the 70s (starting from 1967). There are also several war movies from the 80s that I guess should be on the list (at least the first six listed).

Antonio Margheriti's Vietnam trilogy.
The Last Hunter (L'ultimo cacciatore) (1980)
Tiger Joe (Fuga Dall'archipelago Maledetto) (1982)
Tornado (1983)

Three WWII ones:
A Bridge to Hell (Un ponte per l'inferno) (1986) (uses battle scenes from a Yugoslavian movie)
Wartime (Tempi di guerra) (1987)
Casablanca Express (1989)

Days of Hell (I giorni dell'inferno) (1986) (This one is set in Afghanistan in the 80s, war or not...?)


And then some mercenaries:
Rolf (1983) (or maybe just exploitation... the only mercenary might be on some of the English titles)
Codename: Wild Geese (1984)
Kommando Leopard (1985)
Der Commander (1988)

Yet most if not all of the movies left outside the list certainly have some combat in them, regardless of war or no war, and were made by Italians so... macaroni combat? :P

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Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Feb 16 13:46
Wow, film italiani sulla guerra, serie B o Z?
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Feb 16 13:49
Excuse me, but macaroni means maccheroni, a type of pasta known in italy. So macaroni combat is a neologism to say "film di combattimento fatti in italia" - "combat film (on WWII) made in Italy or from italian people", and the real titles in fact are all in italian language.
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Feb 16 13:49
Excuse me, but macaroni means maccheroni, a type of pasta known in italy. So macaroni combat is a neologism to say "film di combattimento fatti in italia" - "combat film (on WWII) made in Italy or from italian people", and the real titles in fact are all in italian language.
Posted: 6 years, 5 months ago at Jul 4 13:41
complimenti x la ricerca!!!
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Feb 24 22:00
Do you know if any of these are available on DVD or to watch online?
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Mar 7 17:54
Well... Severin released Castellari's Inglorious Bastards and Eagles Over London on both DVD & Blu-Ray in the USA. Both are probably available on DVD from many other countries as well (UK as well I think).

Wild East USA has released a double feature of Salt in the Wounds & Churchill's Leopards on DVD. English audio.

Corbari exists on very pricy Japanese DVD with English audio. When Heroes Die and Battle of the Damned have been released in English audio in Czech (not sure if they can be bought anymore).

Suicide Commandos has had English language release in Czech and I think also a German DVD with English audio (under the title Burning Eagle maybe?)

Many of the others have been released on DVD in Italy, Japan or Czech, but almost always with just Italian audio + Czech/Japan subtitles/audio.

Around 20 or so don't seem to have any kind of release. :P
Posted: 5 years, 9 months ago at Mar 8 22:26
Many thanks. :)
Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Aug 27 1:09
I saw "Duri a Morire" twice, I don't know if fits war or explo, it's just a mix of various stuff from D'Amato period in Santo Domingo.
"Scorticateli vivi" had better plot and Karin Well did her best, but it's too pompous and it's full of left wing ideology.

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