WIN: Classic WWII war movies up for grabs on Blu-ray

War epic: The Cruel Sea.

War epic: The Cruel Sea.

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CLASSIC WWII movies are out on Blu-ray on Monday and we have three copies of each to be won.

CLASSIC WWII movies are out on Blu-ray on Monday and we have three copies of each to be won.

The Cruel Sea, with Jack Hawkins, deals with epic sink or swim battles. Ice Cold In Alex has John Mills leading a desert trek with a promise of ice-cold beer in Alexandria.

The novel The Cruel Sea, by Nicholas Monserrat, was an unflinching portrayal of life at sea during WWII on a boat tasked with protecting convoys and seeking and destroying U-boats.

A runaway success, the novel had already sold over 4 million copies in just 2 years when Ealing decided to make the film version.

Filmed aboard an actual Royal Navy corvette, The Cruel Sea tells the story of the sailors aboard the HMS Compass Rose: the bonds that form between them, the daily pressures they face and their epic struggle to overcome the enemy.

Nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Film, it stars Jack Hawkins, Sir Donald Sinden and Stanley Clarke, and is a gripping insight into the lives of unsung heroes at sea during the war, and the agonizing decisions and incredible peril they faced on a daily basis.

Ice Cold In Alex is set in North Africa.

When the Germans begin an attack on the Allied held town of Tobruck in Libya, an evacuation is ordered.

A fatigued transport pool Officer Captain Anson (John Mills) and his loyal MSM Tom Pugh (Harry Andrews) commandeer a battered old ambulance, and taking aboard two nurses left behind, they decide to cross the desert back to British lines.

They soon encounter a South African officer, Captain Van der Poel (Anthony Quayle) whose two large bottles of gin persuade Anson to let him travel with them.

All manner of obstacles threaten to curtail their progress through the desert - a minefield, a broken suspension spring, some quick-sand – and Van der Poel quickly arouses suspicion with his obsessive attachment to his large and mysterious backpack, and lack of knowledge of South African tea-brewing techniques. All the while, all that sustains them is Captain Anson’s promise of the tall, frothy, ice-cold glasses of beer that await them upon their arrival in Alexandria - the “Alex” of the title.

For a chance to win a copy of one of the films - we cannot guarantee which you will receive - email your name, age and address, with War Movies Competition in the subject bar, to staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk by Friday, June 17, 10am.

Entrants must be aged 18-plus. Usual SNL rules.

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