A little off topic, but I was recently watching part of a WWII movie called 633 Squadron (which was an inspiration for Star Wars). With stirring music, genuine Mosquito aircraft and some wonderful effects using models (the part I watched) looked like a tremendously entertaining movie. Compare that with the best 'modern' movies like Dunkirk, and whilst that movie might be more realistic, it wasn't half as captivating to watch.
The Great Escape, Bridge over the River Kwai, Von Ryan's Express, Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare, The Eagle has Landed etc etc. The genre of what is probably closer to 'comic book' 'boys own' WWII movies seem to have been replaced with much more realistic, more graphic, more 'war-is-hell' type of movies. And whilst we should ever lose sight of the fact that many of these movies are based on true events, and that people died for real and that it wasn't all a 'grand adventure' to entertain us in lightweight movies, there should still be a place for these type of films. For even those 'comic book' type WWII movies tended to honour and magnify the achievements of those brave men and women.