The True Glory - From D-Day To The Fall Of Berlin [DVD] 
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The True Glory is widely regarded as one of the greatest war documentaries ever made. Co-directed by the legendary Carol Reed, this Oscar-winning feature length film was produced by the Allied military during 1944 and 1945 as a permanent visual record of the campaign in Europe and covers all the major engagements The DVD also includes four further full-length wartime documentaries.
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The story starts as the allied armies build up before landing on the beaches of Normandy on 6 June 1944. The Germans expect the landing to be on the narrowest part of the English Channel near Calais and they are totally unprepared when the allies chose Normandy instead. The landings succeed with far fewer casualties than expected, the allies fight their way through the bocage country of Normandy and after huge losses break out into the open country beyond. The Germans counter attack at Mortain and are cut to pieces around Falaise after which the allied armies race across France and liberate Paris. The advance slows down in Belgium and there is a frustrating stalemate in the Autumn which the allies unsuccessfully attempt to break by parachute landings in Holland. The Germans are eventually pushed back but they provide the allies with a nasty surprise by launching their last offensive just before Christmas in the Ardennes Forest. This fails to produce the breakthrough the Germans hoped for after which the allies counter attack over the Rhine, crash through a devastated Germany, join up with the Russians advancing westwards towards them and the war comes to an end in Europe in early May 1945.Read more ›