Allied forces had planned to take the French city of Caen on D-Day, but more than a month later, German troops still cling stubbornly to the critical hub, bottling up 860,000 Allied soldiers on the ...
Desperately needing men and supplies to feed the Allied advance after D-Day, the Allies target the deep water port of Brest, France occupied by the Nazis since 1940. During the month long siege, the ...
Six months after D-Day, the war in Europe reaches a stalemate. As Allied forces close in on the German border, supply lines fail to keep up and fighting conditions deteriorate as winter sets in. US ...
The documentary series presents snippets of small unit action - battalion level - from the Western Front. The first two episodes I've watched covers the assault on "Abbaye D'Ardenne" by 1st Battalion Canadian Regina Rifle Regiment and the storm on "Fort Montbarey" by a battlegroup consisting of U.S. 121st Engineer Battalion, U.S. 1st Bn, 116th under Maj Tom Dallas and the "Crocodile" tanks of B Squadron, 141st Regiment of the Royal Armoured Corps. The former is a snippet of the "Battle for Caen" and the latter "Battle of Brest".
The concept is good: Take an interesting battalion level small unit action, which by the way in both cases turn out to be an assault on a fortified position, from a larger battle and tell the story. The cases are also well chosen.
However the overall quality of reenactment is hideous. One can bear the usual low budget effects and scaled down extras, a few soldiers representing the companies, but by god acting is unbearable. The one playing the Kurt Meyer is especially annoying. The equipment is not accurate. Crocodiles represented by Shermans, British Tankers wearing American suits etc. The story telling is usually good except lausy order of battles. How many of the Germans were on those fortified positions we do not told and I had to look up internet in order to figure out "Regina Rifles" is a battalion strength unit. If you're going to tell us small unit action you have to do it properly and give us necessary details.
Overall; good concept, bad execution.
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