In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944

In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944

| 1 h 43 min

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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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In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944, Brian McKenna, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Brian McKenna
  • producer
    Arnie Gelbart
    André Lamy
    Adam Symansky
    Darce Fardy
  • associate producer
    Roman Jarymowycz
  • script
    Brian McKenna
    Terence McKenna
    Roman Jarymowycz
  • cinematography
    Neville Ottey
  • sound
    Ian Challis
  • line producer
    Mary Armstrong
    Camelia Freiberg
  • editing
    Alfonso Peccia
  • sound editing
    Les Halman
    Don Ayer
  • re-recording
    Adrian Croll
  • narrator
    Terence McKenna
  • cast
    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
  • drlkov

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

    drlkov, 19 Apr 2010

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