Winston Churchill's picture
Shared by Winston Churchill
 Lieutenant) November 21, 2014

One of the greatest and most unique films of the Second World War "Theirs is the Glory" was made by 200 veterans of the battle in 1945. No easy task as during breaks in filming the men helped identify the field graves of their fallen comrades as the 'set' was the actual battle location from just a year earlier. The film premiered on 17th September 1946 with Prime Minister Clement Attlee attending and the King also commanding a private screening at Balmoral. Supported by the valiant civilians of Oosterbeek and Arnhem the veterans produced a film that became the biggest grossing war film in the UK for nearly a decade. Directed by Ulsterman Brian Desmond Hurst, a veteran of the first world war who had been mentored by John Ford in Hollywood, it was Hurst's favorite film. Rarely shown today perhaps because the unknowing do not appreciate who we see on screen and why they made this film? This short piece has been supporting 70th battle anniversary screenings in 2014.


Brian Desmond Hurst - gunga din - Youtube

WW2 Timeline: 

Nation in war: 


No votes yet