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The Battle of Kursk TV - William Manchester - Andrew Marr TV - Secret D-Day Disaster TV - Ben MacIntyre TV - Ernest Hemmingway - General Douglas MacArthur - Shoichi Tokoi - Spying on Hitler's Army TV - Spike Milligan - Simon Heffer TV - Timewatch TV - Catch 22 1970 - The Great Escape 1963 - The Dam Busters 1954 - Ice Cold in Alex 1957 - The Cruel Sea 1952 - The Cockleshell Heroes 1955 - Where Eagles Dare 1968 - The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 - Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 - The Colditz Story 1954 - Carve Her Name With Pride 1958 - Waterloo Road 1944 - Operation Crossbow 1965 - Kelly's Heroes 1970 - The Desert Rats 1953 - The Tenth Man 1988 - The Last Drop 2005 - Hell Squad 1958 - Oliver Stone TV - Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 1942 - The Fall of Singapore: The Great Betrayal TV - Singapore 1942: End of Empire TV - Anne Frank: The Nazi Capture TV - Ken Burns: The War TV - World War II: Countdown to Victory TV - Battle of Midway TV - Dan Snow TV - Peter & Dan Snow TV - D-Day Sacrifice TV - On the Fiddle 1961 - David Reynolds TV - How the Bismark Sank TV - GPO: The First Days TV - Battle of Britain: The Real Story TV - The Bombing of Darwin TV - James Holland TV - 13 Hours That Saved Britain TV - Churchill's Toyshop TV - Ike and Monty: Reputations TV - The Monuments Men 2014 - The War in the Air TV - Charles Wheeler TV - The Eagle Has Landed 1976 - The World Wars TV - World War II: The Complete History TV - The Nazis: A Warning From History TV - World War II: The Apocalypse TV - Churchill's Traitors TV - Hitler Stalin and Mr Jones TV - Presidents at War TV -

 

 

26,866.  This battle of epic proportions between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union deserves to be considered as the most important battle of the Second World War if not in all wars in history.  More than 6,000 tanks and over 2,000,000 men clashed there.  (World War II & Battle & Soviet Union & Russia)  The Battle of Kursk documentary

 

26,867.  Dogfights involving up to 150 aircraft at any one time.  (World War II & Battle & Soviet Union & Russia)  ibid.

 

26,868.  This was a fight to the finish.  (World War II & Battle & Soviet Union & Russia)  ibid.

 

26,869.  The battle was lost and the fault was Hitler’s.  (World War II & Battle & Soviet Union & Russia)  ibid.

 

 

26,896.  You could smell the front long before you saw it.  It was one vast cess-pool.  It was hideous.  But it was also strangely familiar.  William Manchester, marine later journalist

 

 

26,901.  The little ships were coming to the rescue.  A motley flotilla of hundreds of yachts, cockle-boats, fishing-smacks and pleasure cruisers with names like the Richmond, the Resolute and Queen Boudica, and no fewer than eleven boats called the Skylark ... Over nine days the flotilla of nine hundred naval and civilian craft rescued over a third of a million men from the beaches of northern France.  Andrew Marr, The Making of Modern Britain

 

26,902.  Over ten thousand men and women of Italian and German and Austrian origin were interned here [the Isle of Man].  ibid. 

 

26,903.  The location and timing of the attack had become the most crucial secret of the War.  On June the 6th 1944 German troops finally faced a surprise assault on five Normandy beaches by American, British and Canadian forces.  D-Day.  ibid.

 

 

26,904.  D-Day.  6th June 1944: the greatest military operation in history as the Allies launched a massive assault on Nazi occupied France.  Secret D-Day Disaster: Revealed, Channel 5 2012

 

26,905.  Behind the success of D-Day lies a terrible tragedy many had kept secret for years.  A training exercise that turned into a bloody massacre on the south Devon coast.  ibid.

 

26,906.  The use of live ammunition was standard operating procedure.  ibid.

 

26,907.  Hundreds of men had been lost at sea.  ibid.

 

 

17,005.  The true story that follows is based on official papers, letters, diaries, newspaper reports, contemporary accounts and memoirs.

 

I was first alerted to the existence of the Englishman Eddie Chapman by his obituary in The Times.  Among the lives of the great and good, here was a character who had achieved a certain greatness, but in ways that were far from conventionally good.  The obituary was intriguing as much for what it did not say - and could not know – about Chapman’s exploits in the Second World War, since those details remained under the seal of MI5’s secret archives.  At the time, it seemed the full story of Eddie Chapman would never be told.  (Gangstas & World War II & Spies)  Ben MacIntyre, Agent Zigzag, author’s note

 

 

26,911.  Her German spymaster was delighted with her reports, congratulating her on her sterling work for the Third Reich.  In fact, this German spy was not what she seemed; every word she sent was false.  Her lies were part of a web of espionage that drove the biggest deception in military history, and helped ensure Allied victory on the beaches of Normandy.  (World War II & Spy)  Ben MacIntyre, Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies, BBC 2012

 

26,912.  On the morning of June 6th 1944 150,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy.  ibid.

 

26,913.  A web of espionage spun from a thousand little lies.  (World War II & Spy)  ibid.

 

26,914.  Throughout the war Hitler believed he had a fully functioning highly efficient network of spies reporting on the British war effort.  In fact, every one of those spies was acting as a double agent under British control.  (World War II & Spy)  ibid.

 

26,915.  Hitler’s war had become the bloodiest in history.  ibid.

 

26,916.  The codename for the great D-Day deception: Operation Body- guard.  (World War II & Operations)  ibid.

 

26,917.  Large numbers of inflatable tanks and dummy aircraft were assembled in the Kent countryside.  ibid.

 

26,918.  Over 10,000 Allied troops fell on the first day of invasion.  ibid.

 

26,919.  Unbelievably, the D-Day lie was still holding.  ibid.

 

 

96,273.  Inspired by none other than Ian Fleming ... The job of British Intelligence was to convince the Germans that instead of attacking Sicily, the target was Greece.  (World War II & Operations)  Ben MacIntyre, Operation Mincemeat, Yesterday 2015

 

96,274.  A fiction so dazzling the Germans would accept it as truth.  (World War II & Operations)  ibid.  

 

96,275.  The body was inserted into a specially designed canister ... The fake letter landed in the lap of the Germans.  (World War II & Operations)  ibid. 

 

 

26,920.  As we moved in towards land in the grey early light the coffin shaped steel boats took solid green sheets of water that fell on the helmeted heads of the troops, packed shoulder to shoulder in the stiff awkward uncomfortable lonely companionship of men going to a battle.  (World War II & Battle)  Ernest Hemmingway, war correspondent

 

 

26,940.  It is my earnest hope and indeed the hope of all mankind that from this solemn occasion a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past.  General Douglas MacArthur

 

 

26,943.  It is a terrible shame for me - I came back, still alive without having won the war.  Shoichi Yokoi, on returning to Japan after surviving 28 years in jungles of Guam before surrendering to Americans 1972

 

 

26,944.  We beat the bastards.  Spike Milligan

 

 

26,960.  The Cruel Sea … The Dam Busters The Colditz Story … Welcome to the 1950s British war film.  Simon Heffer, Fifties British War Films: Days of Glory, BBC 2013

 

26,961.  The massive cultural impact of these films.  ibid.

 

26,962.  Our fifties’ war films have been looked down upon and mocked.  ibid.

 

26,963.  Hawkin’s towering performance is a masterclass of reserve.  ibid.

 

26,964.  ‘It’s the war – the whole bloody war.’  ibid.  Jack Hawkins, The Cruel Sea

 

26,965.  The Colditz Story 1955: Sir John Mills plays the lead role of escapee Pat Reid, on whose memoir the film is based.  ibid.

 

26,966.  Fascinating in its depiction of the Germans.  ibid.

 

26,967.  The legendary, the incomparable Dam Busters ... A tone of powerful understatement.  ibid.

 

26,968.  A working-class heroine … Carve Her Name With Pride … Szabo is superbly played by Virginia McKenna.  ibid.

 

26,969.  A cynical film of epic proportions: Dunkirk 1958 ... Dunkirk was remorseless in showing war’s horrors.  ibid.

 

26,970.  Ice Cold in Alex 1958: women won the war too.  ibid.

 

26,971.  Landmarks of our culture.  ibid.

 

 

26,973.  It’s 17.00 on a cold starlit night in December 1942.  Royal Navy Submarine HMS Tuna is surfacing from the dark waters of the Atlantic … One of the most daring and courageous operations of the Second World War … blow up enemy shipping … A daring raid on the coast of France.  (World War II & Submarine)  Timewatch: The Most Courageous Raid of WWII: The Cockleshell Heroes, BBC 2011

 

26,974.  As a leader, [Herbert] Hasler always inspired his men by example.  ibid.

 

26,975.  Hasler was ordered back to the Combined Operations Headquarters in London.  Here he was given the file on the Bordeaux operation – now christened Operation Frankton.  (World War II & Operations)  ibid.

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