'Twas the night before D-Day. One ship, carrying Special Force Six, leaves ahead of the main invasion on a dangerous mission. On board are British Colonel Wynter and American Captain Parker, who each, in flashback, reminisce about their separate involvements with beauteous Valerie Russell. Will the coming battle (confined to the film's last fifteen minutes) determine which one comes home to her? Written by
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For the D-Day landing, director Henry Koster used only eighty soldiers and two LCVPs (Higgins Boats aka Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel landing craft). See more »
When the US soldiers are mocking a Home Guard unit drilling nearby they say things like "they haven't even got uniforms". This would appear to be the case as you can see them wearing only LDV (Local Defence Volunteers) armbands on top of their "civvies". This was the case when the force was first formed early in the war (1940) well before the US entered the war after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7th 1941. But by the time the GIs arrived in Britain in 1942 all units of the Home Guard were fully equipped with uniforms, weapons etc. See more »
This movie is on my list of ones not to bother with. Among my many peeves are movies that are mislabeled, that use an enticing title-"Battle of the Bulge" is another-and then portray little if any of the events the title implies. "Lafayette Escadrille" is another. Saw this one 40 years ago on the tube, as a 14 year old I was annoyed at the lack of action and real history. One incident stands out in my memory. At the end when the landings finally occur and newsreel footage is spliced in, the soundtracks plays the songs of the various armed forces, the Marine Corps hymn is played, my mother (born in 1913) said to me (the precocious history buff) "They didn't have Marines at D-Day, did they?" The answer of course is no, the ETO was a strict Army-Navy operation. I would call this a "bait and switch" movie, you are lured in by an enticing title, the actual movie is a scam.
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