“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” philosopher George Santayana said. Remember the people and events of World Wars I and II with a movie marathon on 11 November
Sunday 11 November, from 6am, Movies4Men (CH 426)
At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, World War I came to an end when the Allies and Germany signed an armistice. To commemorate the centenary of this momentous day, Movies4Men is devoting a full day’s schedule to documentaries and movies about the wars that came to define the first half of the 20th century.
Beginning at 6am and running until 2.50am on 12 November, the channel will chronicle the heroic efforts of the men and women who fought for their countries. From documentaries about World War II, including Heroes Of World War II and The Fall Of Berlin, to fictional films charting real-life events, including World War I’s Battle of Passchendaele and the Nazi plot to kidnap Winston Churchill, this history lesson is one you won’t want to miss.
So pay your own tribute on Remembrance Sunday by settling in with these three top picks…
The Dambusters Raid
Sunday 11 November, 12.15pm, Movies4Men (CH 426)
On 16 May 1943, the Royal Air Force had one mission – codenamed Operation Chastise – and that was to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, the industrial hub of Germany. In order to access the heavily protected dams, it would take a new type of weapon: the bouncing bomb. British engineer Barnes Wallis started working on a bomb that could skip across water in 1942. His efforts, combined with those of 133 aircrew from the 617 Squadron in 19 Lancaster bombers, resulted in two of the dams being demolished while the third sustained minor damage.
This remarkable documentary charts the operation, reuniting the air crews involved, and includes contributions from Wallis’ relatives.
14-18: The Noise And The Fury
Sunday 11 November, 7.10pm, Movies4Men (CH 426)
In this perspective-driven film, original, colourised archive footage is brought to life to illuminate the events of The Great War and how it has shaped history. It’s woven together using testimonies from frontline soldiers and backed up by scholars, making this an important and raw account of those four years that took such a toll on Europe.
Sunday 11 November, 9pm, Movies4Men (CH 426)
The infamous Battle of Passchendaele, or the Third Battle of Ypres, took place between July and November 1917. It was launched as part of the Allied strategy to control the Belgian city of Ypres, but British and Canadian troops quickly found themselves a new enemy aside from the Germans – mud. Because of torrential rain, trench warfare became all the more brutal, and the offensive racked up a devastating number of casualties.
The battle is revisited in this 2008 film, written and directed by Canadian actor Paul Gross (Due South), who stars as Sergeant Michael Dunne of the Canadian Fighting Tenth battalion. When he ends up in hospital back home, he meets nurse Sarah Mann (Caroline Dhavernas), whose brother is desperate to enlist, despite the asthma that makes him ineligible. Soon Michael finds himself back where he shouldn’t be – on the battlefield in Belgium, with the new offensive poised to begin…
Remembrance Day movies, Sunday 11 November, from 6am, Movies4Men (CH 426)
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