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Winston Churchill once -- war is mainly a catalog of blunders.
That was certainly true that disaster it yet.
I'm Oliver North this is war stories.
In the summer of 1942.
Adolph Hitler had most of continental Europe and his iron fist was threatening to annihilate Russia.
But America's struggling to fight -- two front war the British were desperate to keep the Soviets from collapse the answer.
An ambitious strike against the Germans in occupied France.
It all went terribly wrong.
-- just eight hours and 19 August over a thousand allied troops most of them Canadians were killed and some 3000.
We're missy you are captured.
Only a handful made it back to England alive.
Activists say that the -- rate remains shrouded in controversy.
Veterans and historians alike continue to debate don't fated mission.
Why was it ever -- who authorized.
Was at the political game sacrifice mission to appease Joseph's Allen.
More stories tracked down some of those who survived.
Who's to blame for the disaster -- yet.
-- god I said if I -- Publicly that -- right -- right.
When you -- -- fallen did confront me you know this -- There was passenger.
Because of the national -- -- and.
On September 1939.
It all that -- blitzkrieg in the hole and had a holds the world and the war.
Two days later the British declared war on not just -- America was pledge to neutrality.
Our northern neighbors joined the fight against it.
Back in 1989.
There was huge defense -- we -- our own prime minister that we belonged to -- commonwealth.
Which included -- Australians here and so path.
Canadian shield would -- in her late husband brigadeer general Dennis what -- 10 PM tragedy to triumph.
During their quest to set the record straight the Vietnam veteran and as journalist wife on -- never before seen documents.
We didn't there was us and we waited and it just you know -- could that happen.
-- -- Hitler invading Poland and the beginning of World War II yes -- sure do.
Canadian -- scarf was a seventeen year old high school student in Windsor stone's throw across the river from Detroit.
He skipped school to join the illustrious Essex Scottish regiment and didn't tell his parents.
And occasionally was asked the question you have homework to do an excellent took care -- school.
After I had been doing this -- ten days my father confronted me and he said.
Are you in the army.
And I said I can't lie to you I am in here because I wanted to go and take care mr.
The history of the Scottish and this -- Match was always back to before the American revolution only us and I dress uniform with the -- the first definitely kill them over the tone with the do.
-- -- -- -- -- 200 miles east and Hamilton 41 year old Frank -- was eager to help topple the Nazi regime.
One of four boys and a German immigrant family he worked at a steel company and played tennis in his spare time you're -- to Catholic high school.
The medical centers and it's in the regiment is.
The oil Hamilton light infantry -- really didn't know too much about the -- -- just -- -- -- mind and -- from the ordinance score.
But I did want.
You know what -- fighting unit Jack.
Kimberly ended up in the royal Hamilton -- infantry along with frank pulled him.
41 year old from Alberta survived the Great Depression but -- -- -- cowboys lumberjacks and hard rock miner.
I want to get into more leader of the -- of Hitler of Germany takes over I believe that we're.
Such -- listed in the first we could to.
They Canadians -- all men never Farmers Insurance salesman they're all volunteers.
As that was very -- blasted through Europe the Japanese -- -- Rampage across the Far East.
Meanwhile America watched and waited fashion thing.
The situation you're brilliant and even though there's a problem -- if you're -- definitely.
-- these people and they run them over -- and I found that very closely.
With the troubled time.
42 year old American -- -- -- edited -- childhood in a suburb of Chicago.
The son of a public transportation employee he was and still lose a history buff and avid reader.
They thought that our our geographical situation with such as we were or what but we've -- about anybody we have two oceans between Russia Japan that.
Germany September 1 -- invades -- What do you do I think the bush to candidate.
Let's Chicago and Detroit.
With a -- -- from Windsor Ontario where I question why.
I was young I had such an adventure -- -- I was the patriots but I -- -- I love this country and so for you to volunteer to serve in the Canadian military.
-- is a violation of US neutrality wealth and my citizenship.
-- swearing allegiance to the crown ring worth effectively forfeited his American citizenship.
He was assigned to the Essex Scottish regiment -- to -- -- Harold scar.
But everything in -- -- thing that we're both softball pitchers 20%.
Burn unit where American.
These young and eager volunteers had no idea just how bad things would get.
But there's onslaught in the French forces -- allies to evacuate from the coastal town of Dunkirk to sixty miles from in.
-- -- Over 300000 men don't think -- -- lost all of their equipment.
Was a major blow to the British and they're charismatic new leader.
It's -- -- -- England standing alone.
I mean it looked like the Germans could invaded anytime.
And it was about to get worse.
The royal air force barely survived -- carnage inflicted by the German Luftwaffe.
During the three months long battle of Britain are a plus 300 play into the over -- 140 violence and dead or missing.
Now the area's biggest challenge his replacement pilots killed in action.
Have you heard anything about the British recruiting Americans to come platform.
Where he went around that they were recruiting and a hotel there in Oakland.
-- one year old San Francisco native James Brady was still in college when he heard about the clandestine recruitment drive.
I had 100 hours at that time and they said.
He had about that amount of time it would take you and so I signed up.
Played to June 19416000.
Miles east of California.
That -- launches operation -- -- Unleashing some three million troops against the Soviet Union.
Joseph -- and immediately begged for help.
He needed to take the heat up and so he put a lot of pressure on chase him.
To -- -- this second front or.
He said he might to sue for peace with it back and that would -- the United Kingdom.
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