"In all my years as a soldier, I have never seen men fight so hard." - SS Obergruppenfuhrer Wilhelm Bittrich - Arnhem
With videogames, I can ask my students if they've ever played a specific level from a historically-accurate game and then relate that to my lesson for the day. I just have to be sure to stress that there was no such thing as super soldiers who could absorb 100 bullets at a time, or hide in a corner and have their health regenerate!
Invasion 1944 for ArmA2 Combined Operations (ArmA2+Operation Arrowhead). Take a perfect simulator used by armies, add a mod about WW2, and you have an incredible experience. The mod really needs you to concentrate on playing, as it is not your standard "pull the trigger until you have no ammo left" game, as it requires you to communicate with your team to succeed with your mission. And you really get the "I was there" feeling when during a thunderstorm your patrol gets ambushed by an enemy patrol in the forest. All you hear are the distinct sounds of weapons firing towards you, while the bullets hit the trees and bushes very close to you and your gets hit in the leg. You start to drag him behind a stone and he gets shot in the head, blood splatters around and you crawl to cover. And most likely, then you die. But its still a fun game if you have friends who have it.
Oh my god! Someone else plays Close Combat! I have been playing that game since 1998. Joe, you and I are going to have to LAN it up sometime.
Red Orchestra 2 is also very fun, as is Battlefield 1942 (if you have the Forgotten Hope mod) and the Brothers in Arms series.
Looking for WWII U.S. dog tags
People...do yourselves a GIANT favour and look into the Battlefront.com games. The latest release is 'Combat Mission: Battle for Normandy'. Trust me, if you play this game (simulation is a better term) you'll never play anything else again!
Will do that, Glenn!!