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Helion and Company September 2016 Hardback 245mm x 170mm 392 pages 65 colour photos, 275 b/w photos, 10 maps

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 Theirs is the Glory' - the story of the Battle of Arnhem - was the biggest-grossing UK war film for a decade. Made by veterans of the battle in the late summer of 1945, it tells their story day by day: the pre-operation briefing, the drop, the race to the bridge, the daring, death and banter that only soldiers could have scripted - but the veterans had outstanding assistance. Men like Terence Young of XXX Corps - and later the early 'James Bond' director - helped craft the words we hear. Directing the veterans was a First World War veteran and prolific film director: Brian Desmond Hurst. Born and bred in Belfast, Hurst went on to learn the craft of filmmaking in Hollywood with his mentor, John Ford. Conflict is shown, heard and interpreted in many of his 30 films made from the 1920s to the 1960s. This book is the 'director’s cut' - looking in-depth at his work on conflict - and takes, as its centrepiece, 'Theirs is the Glory'. Decade- by-decade conflict is chronicled from the 1920s and Hurst’s 'Ourselves Alone' (and the War of Independence in Ireland, where his film was banned in Northern Ireland) to the 1960s and Simba and the Mau Mau crisis in Kenya. This is a book you will refer to again and again, and shows why 'Theirs is the Glory' is the definitive film on Arnhem; it will remain the veterans' lasting tribute to their comrades that did not return.

"...This book bursts with character and something harder to define. For me it is a bit like a time machine allowing the men of 1944 and, indeed, 1946; to speak directly to us … this book is one hundred per cent in the zone of the Arnhem aficionados who love this stuff … “Theirs is the Glory was honest in its presentation of events and this book will help you appreciate the men, the movie and the history perhaps even more than you do already." Warhistoryonline.com

"....a fascinating niche that I think will intrigue those who want to know all there is to know about the 1st Airborne Division experience at Arnhem and Oosterbeek." The Eagle

“ … a series of well-illustrated independent essays on some though not every aspect of Hurt’s work as a re-creator of conflict on screen. In that they have achieved what they set out to do, clearing the way for further research on and analysis of Hurst and of the films which he made.” Journal of Irish Studies

“ … The depth of research on the central film is impressive as is its quest to fill out the story of the participants thereafter and is a considerable addition to the literature of the Battle of Arnhem.” Society of Friends of National Army Museum Newsletter


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Author Truesdale, D. & A.E. Smith
Publisher Helion and Company
ISBN 9781911096634
Date of Publication September 2016
Edition No
Binding Hardback
Book Size 245mm x 170mm
Number of pages 392 pages
Images 65 colour photos, 275 b/w photos, 10 maps
Language English

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  1. Excellent review by Hugh Bicheno on 15/08/2017

    There has been only one fully accurate war movie ever made, and that was Brian Hurst's 'Theirs is the Glory.' No other comes close. It was shot amid the ruins of the actual battlefield a year after the event, when all the 'props' were still in common use, and the cast included dozens of those who had fought there. Hurst was a very experienced director with an artist's eye for lighting and composition, and was intent on authenticity. This book provides a fascinating account of the making of the movie, and of the life and other works of Hurst, making it a must for the library of any serious student of the cinema, as well as an example for military historians.

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