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In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944 (1992)

On June 6th 1944, 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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Terence McKenna ...
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Simon Bradbury ...
Edward Ashford
Gerry Quigley ...
Viril Bartlett
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John Crocker
Stephen Russell ...
Dan Cunningham
Colin O'Meara ...
Bruce Ducal
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Harry Foster
Neil Munro ...
Rod Keller
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Kurt Meyer
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Donald Pearce
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Guy Simonds
Patrick Goyette ...
Joseph Le Boutillier
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Jacques Dextraze ...
Himself (Fusiliers Mont-Royal)
Roman Jarymowycz ...
Himself (Canadian Staff College)
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On June 6th 1944, 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. Canada's infantry and armored regiments were thrown against Germany's elite troops and tank divisions. The price they paid was enormous. Written by Anonymous

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26 January 1992 (Canada)  »

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La bataille de Normandie  »

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Follows Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command (1992) See more »

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Requiem, Opus 84
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Boy Soprano: Aled Jones
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The Sorrow and the Pity (with all due apologies)
8 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

My Western Canadian chum Madorosh pretty much stole my thunder, but I'd like to add a few comments. The Canadian generals, as depicted by the filmmakers, seem to be lifted from a novel by Jaroslav Hasek rather than chronicled by Stephen Ambrose or Max Hastings. At least THE GOOD SOLDIER SVEJK had the virtue of sardonic humor. In the spring of 1945, a Dutch-born friend was liberated by men from the Royal Regiment of Canada of the 2nd Canadian Division when it took the town of Groningen. Before that happy event, Canadian troops cleared the Channel ports of France and Belgium, and drove German forces from the Reichswald. By most accounts, they did so quite competently. From viewing IN DESPERATE BATTLE, one might think that First Canadian Army didn't progress beyond the second hedgerow in Normandy. It was sad to see 90s-era Canadian soldiers pressed into "service" as reenactors--I guess they were under orders. IDB is part of a series entitled THE VALOUR AND THE HORROR, and I would suggest that viewers skip the other episodes--I certainly did.


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