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World War II: The Last Heroes

  • Season 1
  • 6 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

The personal stories of the soldiers who fought in World War II, brought back to life in reconstructions with real bombs and ammunition.

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Episode 2: World War II: The Last Heroes

Summary

A veteran who left school in Liverpool to join his heroes the Desert Rats discusses the problems he and his comrades faced when using British tanks, and the seemingly indestructible nature of their German counterparts. A Canadian former stretcher-bearer reveals how he narrowly avoided being the victim of an Allied air attack in the days before precision bombing.
Recommended

Review

In the pretentious narration, the war’s survivors, the men who fought in bloody battles, are described as “all around, hidden in plain view”. But they aren’t, are they? They’re just there. Such pomposity does these remarkable men a disservice and detracts from tales of immense courage.

So many of these men were little more than kids when they were sent to fight. And so many watched their comrades die often terrible deaths at the Battle of Caen. The guilt still smarts but there was an acceptance of death: “We’d eat together, sleep together and
die together if necessary.”

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Executive producerPaul Wooding
Series producerJeremy Llewllyn-Jones

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  • Episode 2

    World War II: The Last Heroes

    Summary

    A veteran who left school in Liverpool to join his heroes the Desert Rats discusses the problems he and his comrades faced when using British tanks, and the seemingly indestructible nature of their German counterparts. A Canadian former stretcher-bearer reveals how he narrowly avoided being the victim of an Allied air attack in the days before precision bombing.
    Recommended

    Review

    In the pretentious narration, the war’s survivors, the men who fought in bloody battles, are described as “all around, hidden in plain view”. But they aren’t, are they? They’re just there. Such pomposity does these remarkable men a disservice and detracts from tales of immense courage.

    So many of these men were little more than kids when they were sent to fight. And so many watched their comrades die often terrible deaths at the Battle of Caen. The guilt still smarts but there was an acceptance of death: “We’d eat together, sleep together and
    die together if necessary.”

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Crew

    rolename
    Executive producerPaul Wooding
    Series producerJeremy Llewllyn-Jones
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