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  • #76
    Originally posted by voice of reason View Post

    I believe it was the Canadian Army that ultimately liberated Arnhem, but not until the war was nearly over.
    I think our big "liberation" in Holland was Eindhoven but I think we backed out and it was heavily shelled or something like that.

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    • #77
      Originally posted by voice of reason View Post

      I believe it was the Canadian Army that ultimately liberated Arnhem, but not until the war was nearly over.
      I just know when we were teens and discussing the movie with the a couple of vets (one being my school buddies dad) they were telling us about how they were there. Not with the paratroopers, but with the ground forces, maybe my memory is getting faulty and remembering it wrong and hard to verify my buddies dad and the other couple that were discussing it are now passed away.

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      • #78
        Originally posted by nachocheese View Post

        I just know when we were teens and discussing the movie with a couple of vets (one being my school buddy's dad) they were telling us about how they were there. Not with the paratroopers, but with the ground forces, maybe my memory is getting faulty and remembering it wrong and hard to verify my buddies dad and the other couple that were discussing it are now passed away.
        Our Canadians remain greatly loved in the Netherlands for their humanitarian efforts. It brings to mind the great Audrey Hepburn and the other children of the time.

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        • #79
          Lots of good ones mentioned here. One of my favourites is from 1975. Midway. A World War II story with a star studded cast. They used actual footage to make the movie and it turned out great. A few others. Taps. With George C Scott, Timothy Hutton and a very young Tom Cruise and Sean Penn. I highly recommend that one. Shawshank is great too. I love The Fifth Element. Just watched it the other day and it really stands against time. (It was made in 1997).

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          • #80
            Originally posted by voice of reason View Post

            I believe it was the Canadian Army that ultimately liberated Arnhem, but not until the war was nearly over.
            Canadian 1st Army -- which was an international force, under Canadian command. The British West Riding Division led the second, successful assault on Arnhem, with Canadian Armoured & Engineers in support.

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            • #81
              Originally posted by squish View Post

              I think our big "liberation" in Holland was Eindhoven but I think we backed out and it was heavily shelled or something like that.
              Eindhoven was taken by the US airborne, supported by British tanks. I think.

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              • #82
                Originally posted by Oldguard View Post
                Eindhoven was taken by the US airborne, supported by British tanks. I think.
                K. Must have been a different city I was thinking of. A guy at the conference in Holland was saying how there is a memorial to the Canadians in his city. I thought it was Eindhoven but I guess it could have been Arnhem.

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by squish View Post

                  K. Must have been a different city I was thinking of. A guy at the conference in Holland was saying how there is a memorial to the Canadians in his city. I thought it was Eindhoven but I guess it could have been Arnhem.
                  Possibly Apeldoorn.

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by C.M.Burns View Post
                    I know a lot of people hate it as a baby boomer wank-fest, but I really enjoy watching Forrest Gump whenever it's on.

                    Also - a movie many people haven't watched but you owe it to yourself to check out: LA Confidential. It deserved way more love than it ever got.
                    This (LA Confidential)^^^

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                    • #85
                      Originally posted by Oldguard View Post
                      There was pretty minimal Canadian involvement in Market Garden -- just a few junior officers on loan to the British 6th Airborne. But two companies of the Royal Canadian Engineers did a lot to evacuate the Brits from Oosterbeek. Most of the Canadian work in the Netherlands came later.
                      Not intentionally trying to keep derailing, but this is what I found on Canadian involvement

                      Canadian Participation in MARKET-GARDEN
                      By early 1944, the British Army found itself short of officers, especially for the infantry and ordnance corps. Canada, on the other hand, had a surplus, and through a scheme called CANLOAN, these young Canadian officers (mostly lieutenants) were assigned to duty with the British Army. In the end 623 infantry officers and 50 ordnance corps officers were so employed, the infantry officers being used as platoon commanders, company second-in-command, and in some cases even as company commanders. An attempt was made to have these officers join their affiliated units. Of the 673 volunteers, 465 became casualties, 127 of them fatal, and over 100 decorations for bravery were made, including 41 awards of the Military Cross.31

                      A total of thirty-two CANLOAN officers were made prisoners during the war, more than half of them during the fighting at Arnhem in September 1944. In fact, the greatest single concentration of the 673 CANLOAN officers was in the 1st Airlanding Brigade of the 1st Airborne Division, which boasted 47 Canadian officers on its rolls (23 serving in the 7th Battalion, The King's Own Scottish Borderers, 13 in 2nd Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment, and 11 in the 1st Battalion, The Border Regiment.) Eight of the KOSB battalion's 27 platoons were commanded by Canadians. Three Canadians also served in the parachute units of 1st Airborne Division, two with the 1st Battalion, The Parachute Regiment, and Lieutenant James McKenna who was killed with 11 Para on 22 September.32
                      From the same quote as above

                      Major Tucker had anticipated Canadian participation in an assault crossing of the Lower Rhine beginning on 20 September (D+3) once it became known the north end of the Arnhem road bridge had been lost. Three Canadian engineer units (20th Field Company, 23rd Field Company and 10th Field Park Company) had moved up just south of Nijmegen on 21 September with Class 9 assault rafts and storm boats and placed under command of the 204th Field Company, R.E.
                      Debate on Allied strategy and tactics

                      Operation Market Garden has remained a controversial battle for several reasons. Allied tactics and strategy have been much debated. The operation was the result of a strategy debate at the highest levels of Allied command in Europe. Much post-war analysis has thus probed the alternatives that were not taken, such as giving priority to securing the Scheldt estuary and so opening the port of Antwerp. But Montgomery insisted that the First Canadian Army should clear the German garrisons in Boulogne, Calais and Dunkirk first although they had all suffered demolitions and would not be navigable for some time. Admiral Cunningham warned that Antwerp would be "as much use as Timbuctoo" unless the approaches were cleared, and Admiral Ramsay warned SHAEF and Montgomery that the Germans could block the Scheldt Estuary with ease.[149] The (French) Channel ports were "resolutely defended" and Antwerp was the only solution. But the Germans reinforced their island garrisons, and the Canadians "sustained 12,873 casualties in an operation which could have been achieved at little cost if tackled immediately after the capture of Antwerp. .... This delay was a grave blow to the Allied build-up before winter approached
                      From the same link as above

                      Montgomery claimed that Market Garden was "90% successful" and said:
                      It was a bad mistake on my part – I underestimated the difficulties of opening up the approaches to Antwerp ... I reckoned the Canadian Army could do it while we were going for the Ruhr. I was wrong ............. In my — prejudiced — view, if the operation had been properly backed from its inception, and given the aircraft, ground forces, and administrative resources necessary for the job, it would have succeeded in spite of my mistakes, or the adverse weather, or the presence of the 2nd SS Panzer Corps in the Arnhem area. I remain Market Garden's unrepentant advocate
                      My last post to contribute to the derailment

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                      • #86
                        Midnight Cowboy was on a movie channel last week. Thoroughly enjoyed it. An old classic. Great directing and acting.

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                        • #87
                          I very much liked John Wayne's last movie "The Shootist" with Lauren Bacall and Ron Howard. The parallels to his real live, and the end of an era aspects of it

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                          • #88
                            Just finished watching "No Time for Sergeants" on TCM. Classic Andy Griffith comedy. Don Knotts had a small but hilarious role.

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                            • #89
                              Dirty Harry is one of my favourites from the 70's along with American Graffiti. For the 80's I've watched over and over is Die Hard, The Terminator, Beverly Hills Cop and Back to the Future (love all three), Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and E.T. Newer ones would be A Night at the Roxbury, Ricky Bobbie, Goodfellas, Casino, Groundhog Day and Shawshank

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                              • #90
                                Another oldie I forgot to mention that I'll watch every year it's on tv is the Ten Commandments.

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