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Theirs is the Glory (October 14, 1946)

The bridge at Arnhem, Netherlands

Released on October 14, 1946: The amazing tale of the WWII battle of Arnhem, Netherlands filmed a year after the battle with the men who did the fighting and the townsfolk who lived through it.

Produced by Castleton Knight

Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst

The Actors: Stanley Maxted (himself, war correspondent), Thomas Scullion (himself, private, and man falling off roof), Allan Wood (himself, war correspondent), Geoff van Rijssel (himself), Lieutenant Colonel Richard "Dickie" Thomas Henry Lonsdale (himself), Colonel Charles Frederick Howard Gough (himself)


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The Battle of Arnhem . . .

World War II was raging in the fall of 1944, with Allied forces pushing their way into enemy held territory in Europe, and one of the boldest and courageous battles of the war was about to begin. For the first time in the history of war a major battle was fought by soldiers parachuted into enemy territory. Operation Market Basket would for the first time in the history of warfare drop thirty thousand soldiers by parachute into a battle zone, with the goal of securing 8 vital bridges in the Netherlands area. On September 17, 1944 the battle for the bridge at Arnhem, Netherlands became the scene of a fierce battle lasting until September 26, 1944. This battle would be artistically featured in the 1977 movie A Bridge Too Far, employing a lot of Hollywood re-writing of history. But in 1945, a year after the horrendous battle was won this movie was jointly produced by the J. Arthur Rank Organization and the British Army's Film and Photographic Unit, and distributed by Gaumont British Picture Corporation. Actual footage of the attack is blended with authentic reenactment of events experienced by the men who just a year earlier were facing death at every moment. The reenactment scenes were filmed at the actual locations around Arnhem and actual town citizens that lived through those battle days appeared in the scenes. Of the ten thousand fighting men involved in this battle only 2,000 survived the ten days of battle. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter and meet some of the bravest fighting men in the history of World War II.

Colonel Freddie Gough
Colonel Freddie Gough
War Correspondent Stanley Maxted
War Correspondent Stanley Maxted