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The Sorrow and the Pity (with all due apologies)
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.