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on 14 December 2016
A rendition of Operation Frankton Dec 1942, when a small canoe borne force of Marines from Combined Operations, penetrated Bordeaux Harbor, with the task of maximum damage to the German Naval and Merchant shipping there. The sinkings were also intended to block the Harbor, and prevent its use against UK channel and coastal shipping and convoys. Churchill, after the War stated in his memoirs that the Raid shortened the War by 6 months with the denial of Bordeaux Harbor to the German Navy.

It is an amazing account of the Raid, and the mind boggles at the courage and determination of those who carried it out. The film is rather "gung Ho" for the first 60 mins, along the lines of "all the Chaps together having fun before bashing Jerry" ..... classic 1950s stuff for Cinema audiences of the 1950s who still had that kind of mindset about it all, never mind the realities of the Operation. Therefore take that element on the chin as the run up to the Operation in the film is a little over the top with "Gung Ho Chaps" et al lol.

However, do put that latter element to one side as Film Craft, and focus on the realities of that mission. The dangers were mind boggling, and the outcome beyond the planners hopes. The members of the Public who were alive at the time in the UK fighting the War, were not called the "Greatest Generation" for nothing. Putting. the film "glitz" to one side .... the Operation itself was astonishing, even for Commando Forces.

The Greatest Generation indeed .......
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on 11 October 2017
classic british ww2 film based on an incredible true story. the film goes part way to telling the story but still only scratches the surface of what is surely one of the most heroic raids ever. it's a pity the film didn't cover the escape story as much as the raid. it is due a re make. if they follow the story more accurately it would be an epic !!
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on 1 October 2017
Excellent film, excellent brave men of the Royal Marines and Navy. There is typical 'booty' humour... Buy and watch it to find out.
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on 21 June 2014
The DVD arrived early, packed safe and secure. If you know what this film is all about, you already know how good it is. If not, then your missing out on a true adventure. I watched this after going down to Southsea on the south coast and hearing about The Cockleshell Heroes. I had no knowledge about them, or that this film is based on what they did in 1942. I have true admiration for what these men had done. I wont tell you anymore, I don't want to spoil it for you, you'll have to watch it yourself!
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on 14 November 2014
Wonderful story. I remembered seeing the movie as a kid the best part of sixty years ago now - and just had to have it! It brought back fond memories for me, melded with the memory of a brave Royal Marines commando diver I once knew. We owe everything to men such as these. A must-see movie.
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on 5 June 2014
Highly recommendable film of a little-known facet of warfare, in its romanticized version. Touches on interesting topics such as the relationship between irregular experts and professional soldiers, leadership, and the criminal treatment of certain POWs by the Germans under orders which violated every international convention but were still obeyed.
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on 1 August 2017
For got how good this movie was just great British film making at it best
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 8 January 2017
This was purchased as a Christmas present for my dad who is really into his maritime films. He is thrilled with it so it much be good :)
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on 25 November 2017
a classic. buy it!
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on 21 January 2017
A classic war film. Would recommend it.
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