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26 January 1992 (Canada) See more »
On June 6th 1944, a combined force of American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Terence McKenna ... Narration
Simon Bradbury ... Edward Ashford
Gerry Quigley ... Viril Bartlett

Julian Richings ... John Crocker
Stephen Russell ... Dan Cunningham
Colin O'Meara ... Bruce Ducal

Stewart Arnott ... Harry Foster
Neil Munro ... Rod Keller

Nigel Bennett ... Kurt Meyer

Wayne Robson ... Donald Pearce

Adrian Hough ... German Officer

Nicholas Campbell ... Guy Simonds
Patrick Goyette ... Joseph Le Boutillier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jacques Dextraze ... Himself (Fusiliers Mont-Royal)
Roman Jarymowycz ... Himself (Canadian Staff College)
Sydney Radley-Walters ... Himself (Sherbrooke Regiment) (as Radley Walters)
H.D.G. Crerar ... Himself (leaves plane) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Matthew Halton ... Himself (CBC correspondent, D-Day) (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)
A.G.L. McNaughton ... Himself (leaves ship) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kurt Meyer ... Himself (on trial) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bernard L. Montgomery ... Himself (with reporters before Caen) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother ... Herself (inspects Black Watch, wears maple leaf) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Guy Simonds ... Himself (waits at airport for Crerar) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Brian McKenna 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Roman Jarymowycz 
Brian McKenna 
Terence McKenna 

Produced by
Mary Armstrong .... line producer
Darce Fardy .... producer
Camelia Frieberg .... line producer
Arnie Gelbart .... producer
Roman Jarymowycz .... associate producer
André Lamy .... producer
Brian McKenna .... producer
Adam Symansky .... producer
Cinematography by
Neville Ottey 
Film Editing by
Alfonso Peccia 
Art Direction by
Robert Hackborn 
Sound Department
Don Ayer .... sound
Ian Challis .... sound
Adrian Croll .... sound re-recordist
Katherine Fitzgerald .... assistant sound editor
Les Halman .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Barry Perles .... additional photographer
Susan Trow .... still photographer
Music Department
Chris Crilly .... music editor
Patrick Russell .... music consultant
Other crew
Diana Czertok .... translator
Haruko Flower .... production assistant
Roman Jarymowycz .... researcher
Susan Purcell .... researcher
Rik Walters .... researcher
John de Chastelain .... special thanks (as Gen. John de Chastelain)
John A. English .... special thanks (as Col. John English)
Sydney Radley-Walters .... special thanks (as Gen. Sydney Radley-Walters)
Armand Roy .... special thanks (as Gen. Armand Roy)

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Also Known As:
"The Valour and the Horror, Part 3" - Canada (English title) (series title)
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104 min

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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
WW II through the eyes of the 1960s, 17 May 2003
Author: madorosh from Calgary

A truly bad "documentary", well discussed in the book The Valour and the Horror Revisited. Suffice to say here that the McKennas have chosed to unfairly depict the Canadian Army in Normandy as criminally incompetent while at the same time painting the soldiers as unwitting victims. Such distractions as historically inaccurate uniforms on the re-enactors who are given screen time, as well as the truly ridiculous recreation of the Verrierres Ridge assault using Canadian Forces personnel circa 1990, do nothing to add to the film. Anyone wanting to gain a true understanding of the events in Normandy is better off consulting the various histories by Stacey, Copp, Roy, et al. Notice also the focus on eastern Canadian regiments; perhaps a coincidence, but then again, western regiments didn't charge themselves to extinction the way the Black Watch did at Verrierres Ridge, either.

The truth is that Canadian generalship in Normandy is a more complex issue than this so-called documentary would suggest. Canadian soldiers by and large were inexperienced, but did the best they could with what they had. While the McKennas are certainly correct about Canadian tanks being inferior to German tanks, nothing is said about the doctrinal and economic issues which led to these tanks being employed - or the fact that the Canadians were using an artillery-based doctrine to rather good effect on the Continent. The McKennas, in other words, have explored certain elements of this period in a vacuum in order to present "evidence" of some type of conspiracy. Viewers are advised strongly to do further research.

Good interviews with veterans of the campaign are the only notable highlight in this seriously disappointing offering. Even the newsreel footage often did not match the narration; sharp eyed viewers will see footage of the Calgary Highlanders on parade while the Black Watch are being discussed.

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