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The Valour and the Horror

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This three-part series closely scrutinizes three WWII military campaigns that involved thousands of Canadians: Savage Christmas: Hong Kong 1941: In the autumn of 1941, nearly 2,000 mostly inexperienced Canadian soldiers were sent to Hong Kong at the request of the British government, which mistakenly thought that a symbolic show of strength would deter a Japanese attack on the colony. When the British colony of Hong Kong officially surrendered to Japan on Christmas Day 1941, the surviving defenders became prisoners of war (104 min 1 s); Death by Moonlight: Bomber Command: More than 50,000 Canadian airmen served in the campaign to bomb Germany. For those who survived, the sheer terror and sense of helplessness left an indelible scar (104 min 4 s); and In Desperate Battle: Normandy 1944: On June 6, 1944, a combined force of American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy. Canada's infantry and armored regiments were thrown against Germany's elite troops and tank divisions. The price they paid was enormous (103 min 30 s).

1992, 311 min 35 s

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