Theirs is the Glory
In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem 17–26 September 1944
WITH FREE UK POSTAGE
Run Time: 79 minutes mins approx
1 Disc |Year: 1946 | Black and White
Director: Brian Desmond Hurst
Cast: Stanley Maxted, Thomas Scullion, Allan Wood, Leo Genn, Geoff van Rijssel
This film is a tribute to every man who fought at Arnhem and an everlasting memorial to those who gave their lives. This digitally re-mastered version of the classic World War II film tells the story of the Battle of Arnhem in 1944. The film was produced in 1945 and is unique amongst war films in that it was filmed entirely without the use of studios, sets or actors. Original footage is cleverly interwoven with re-enactments shot on location in Arnhem, featuring the men from the Airbourne Regiment who actually fought in the Battle.
After sweeping through France and Belgium in the summer of 1944 the allies were poised to enter Holland. Field Marshall Montgomery favoured a single thrust north over the Rhine to attack the Ruhr with the aim of winning the War by the end of 1944.
To achieve their objective the allies launched Operation Market Garden on 17th September 1944, but from the start the plan ran into difficulties. The paratroopers encountered fierce German resistance and suffered heavy casualties before finally being withdrawn nine days later.
It was the biggest grossing UK war film for nearly a decade, focussing on the British forces and their fight at Oosterbeek and Arnhem. The director, Brian Desmond Hurst, was himself a veteran of the First World War, having survived Gallipoli where he had served with the Royal Irish Rifles. The producer was Leonard Castleton Knight, Head of Gaumont British News. The script was written primarily by Louis Golding with Terence Young who had been in the Irish Guards with the Guards Armoured Division with XXX Corps seeking to relieve Arnhem during the battle, hence the authenticity of the storyline. The veterans who starred in the film also collaborated on the script. Brian Desmond Hurst said, “The film is my favourite because of the wonderful experience of working with soldiers, and because it is a true documentary reconstruction of the event. I say without modesty it is one of the best war films ever made”.