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Never Seen Anything Like It In All Me Life!!,
This review is from: They Were Not Divided [DVD]  (DVD)
Based mainly around the experiences of three men (an Englishman, an Irishmean and a Yank) who join the Welsh Guards Regiment shortly after Dunkirk The film follows their day to day lives through the rest of the war until the Ardennes offensive in late 1944.
The scenes at the Training Depot are, to say the least, some of the best and most realistic that I have ever seen. This is in no small part due to the inclusion of the real life RSM Brittain as the depot RSM. I suspect also that real guardsmen were also used in a lot of the scenes as the standard of close order footdrill was amongst the best that I have ever seen. RSM Brittain, who was still a legend in the British Army when I was serving in 1970 is an absolute joy to watch and to listen to.
I suspect that the film was meant to follow the same lines as films such as The Way To The Stars which was produced as a propoganda film to show how well the Brits and Yanks got on together. The story shows army life as it really was, 5% excitement 90% boredom and the last 5% in the glasshouse, and during the first half deals mainly with training, training and more training. This improves when they are shipped to France as part of the Guard's Armoured Regiment with many of the scenes being actual war documentaries shot at the time. The manner in which these shots have been included is very good. It follows their experiences through France, the push to Arnhem (Operation Market Garden which the GAR sppearheaded on the ground) and then to Belgium and the German border where the film reaches it's climax.
I thought, when I purchased the film, that it would be mediocre, it was not. It will now go into my library and I look forward to watching it again with the same amount of pleasure as I experienced when I initially watched it
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Initial post: 7 Jan 2012 15:28:11 GMT
M. J. Wallace says:
Great review my friend and after watching the film lately ,I have to agree with you .
I went through the Guards Depot in 1970 as well, which was then in Pirbright , Surrey . the discipline was just as tough as was shown in the film , and I have heard horror stories about RSM Brittan
A great deal of nostalgia watching this film and many good memories .
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