This film tells the true story of how a bunch of writers, artists, set designers and back room technicians pooled their talents in order to outwit the German High Command and fool Hitler. Espionage, counter espionage, decoy airfields, inflatable tanks, guns and soldiers are all deployed in the run up to D Day to create a massive diversion and the strongest possible indication that the landings will be in Calais rather than Normandy. A whole invisible army is conjured up: FUSAG the First US Army Group. General Patton is placed in charge of this army, such is its importance he is detained in Britain for several weeks after the Normandy landing in order to (successfully) convince Hitler that a second and larger set of landings will be staged in Calais. A true story. Written by
Towards the end of the film one of the dummy camps is overflown by a computer generated JU87 Stuka. This clearly has no undercarriage whereas all marks of Stuka had permanently fixed down landing gear. Nor would such a slow vulnerable a/c be used for low level reconnaissance. See more »
When I saw this film I wasn't quite sure what to expect. There have been so many films made about the Second World War that it seemed there was little else to add. I'm pleased to say I was surprised and that I found myself both rooting for the characters and learning about a vital and overlooked aspect of the war.
The cast, especially Jason Durr and Richard Lintern seemed to manage that tricky balancing act of combining humour and seriousness with particular aplomb.
The film also had a definite visual style. I'm sure that there were stiff budget contraints to get such an epic tale on television but as the action mounts they are not visible. Recommended.
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