Fourth Generation Warfare

Wolverines! How the 1984 Classic ‘Red Dawn’ Inspired Ukraine Resistance Fighters

A classic action movie about Colorado high school students leading a guerrilla resistance against a Soviet military invasion has become an inspiration for Ukrainian citizens fighting against the current Russian invasion of their country.

In “Red Dawn,” the students adopt their high school mascot as a symbol of resistance, and both shout “Wolverines” in battle and spraypaint the name on walls and bombed-out Soviet military vehicles. Now, Task & Purpose reports that “Wolverines” graffiti is showing up painted on disabled Russian vehicles in Ukraine.

“Red Dawn” was written and directed by John Milius, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “Apocalypse Now.” He also wrote the Dirty Harry sequel, “Magnum Force,” and the Jack Ryan thriller, “Clear and Present Danger.” As a writer and director, he’s also behind “The Wind and the Lion,” “Conan the Barbarian,” World War II drama “Farewell to the King” and Vietnam War classic “Flight of the Intruder.”


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