In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944

This documentary looks at the events of June 6, 1944, when a combined force of American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. The Allied invasion of occupied France was a turning point in the war against Hitler's Germany. From a tactical view, Canada's role was limited; strategically, it was pivotal. Part of the 3-part series The Valour and the Horror.

This film contains scenes of violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

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Brian McKenna
Arnie Gelbart
André Lamy
Adam Symansky
Darce Fardy
associate producer
Roman Jarymowycz
Brian McKenna
Terence McKenna
Roman Jarymowycz
Neville Ottey
Ian Challis
Alfonso Peccia
sound editing
Les Halman
Don Ayer
Adrian Croll
Terence McKenna
Simon Bradbury
Gerry Quigley
Julian Richings
Stephen Russell
Colin O'Meara
Stewart Arnott
Neil Munro
Nigel Bennett
Wayne Robson
Adrian Hough


  • Brasstacks

    “What an excellent film. Once again the horror of war and the murder of POW´s by all armies is exposed. Man´s inhumanity against man is fully explored as well as inept leadership. However, there is one flaw to the film. The enactments were just supreme, but most battle footage was borrowed from the Italian Front of the war. Further, the aircraft depicted did not have Canadian markings. Great film!!!!! A must see!” — Brasstacks, 7 Nov 2013

  • Ponting

    “It is an informative video. The Battle Of Normandy was fought during world war 2 in the summer of 1944, between the Allied nations and German forces occupying Western Europe. The Battle was fought in the following phases, Operation overlord, the Invasion of Normandy or operation Neptune, Normandy Landings and Operation Cobre. The Military Intelligence was an important part of the Normandy invasion. It is estimated that more than 425000 Allied and German troops were killed, wounded, or went missing during the battle. That figure includes more than 209000 Allied casualties.” — Ponting, 31 Jan 2011


    “God Bless all those who fought and died on our behalf, and continue to do so today. You are appreciated and thought of often.” —, 19 Apr 2010

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