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The Greatest Generation Indeed .......
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 .......