|Clooney and friends|
Judging from the trailer, the intent appears to be largely the same, only with a little more bang for your buck, as George Clooney and Matt Damon lead a "Dirty Dozen" across battle lines in an attempt to keep Europe's valuable treasures out of Nazi hands, as well as caution Allied military leaders on what to target. These actions didn't save Dresden, but that was in enemy territory, so I guess it was open season.
|The real Monuments Men|
The idea of saving Europe may have been unprecedented in modern warfare, but Napoleon similarly had a team of archeologists, art experts and the like brought along on the Egyptian front, documenting and taking many a fine treasure back to Paris, which would keep the Louvre well stocked for decades.