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Three of the greatest battles of the Second World War, Kursk, Crete & Midway
In ‘Remembering Arnhem’ we have recorded the memoirs and personal accounts of a few selected combatants, men that took part in the il-fated ‘Operation Market Garden’. They tell their own personal stories and recollect their own individual experiences. The men we have chosen for this account were all recorded in their twilight years; and for many this film is probably their last public account of their experiences and memories of the ill-fated battle..’Their Last Post’.
A film documenting the biggest battles fought during the Second World War, between the Carrier Fleets of the US and Japanese Navies.
In December 1941, the Japanese invasion of Burma opened what would be the longest land campaign for Britain of the entire war. It began with defeat and pell-mell retreat, as Rangoon fell to the invader in March 1942. British, Indian and Chinese forces were driven back into India. The fighting would stretch on, over a varied terrain of jungles, mountains, plains and wide rivers, stopping only for the monsoon, until Japanese surrender in 1945.
France had fallen. Britain, its children evacuated to safety, its armies defeated in Dunkirk, stood alone.
The only defence the country had against Hitler’s Luftwaffe was a handful of brave young men and the fledgling RAF Fighter Command.
The Battle of Crete was unprecedented in many respects: it was not only the first battle where the German paratroops were used on a massive scale, but also the first mainly airborne invasion in military history. It was also the first time the Allies made significant use of intelligence from the deciphered German Enigma code; and also the first time invading German troops encountered mass resistance from a civilian population.
The Battle of France, also known as the Fall of France, was the German invasion of France and the Low Countries during the Second World War. Beginning on 10 May 1940, German forces defeated Allied forces in a series of mobile operations, eventually leading to the conquest of France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, bringing land operations on the Western Front to an end until 1944.
The Battle of Kursk remains to this day, the largest ever tank battle; and the costliest day of aerial warfare in history.
The battle took place 280 miles south of Moscow during July and August 1943. Code-named ‘Operation Zitadelle’ this was Hitler’s final strategic offensive mounted on the Eastern Front during the Second World War. Their ultimate defeat gave the Soviet Red Army the strategic initiative for the rest of the war.
‘This offensive is of decisive importance. It must end in swift and decisive success. Every commander, every private soldier, must be indoctrinated with awareness of the decisive importance of this offensive. Victory at Kursk will be a beacon for the whole world’
The Battle of Midway, fought in June 1942, must be considered one of the most decisive battles of World War Two. The Battle of Midway effectively destroyed Japan’s naval strength when the Americans destroyed four of its aircraft carriers. Japan’s navy never recovered from its mauling at Midway and it was on the defensive after this battle.
The Battle of the Atlantic played a very significant part in World War Two. After the escape at Dunkirk and the inspiration of the Battle of Britain, the Battle of the Atlantic was Britain’s next nightmare.