James Delingpole James Delingpole

Grimy, echt and gripping: Netflix’s The Forgotten Battle reviewed

All the combat stuff is spectacular and Paula van der Oest’s screenplay never follows the rules

It’s now possible for a fairly modest-budget war movie to recreate a glider fleet under flak attack with such astonishing verisimilitude that it’s as if you were actually there

The Forgotten Battle is a Dutch feature film commemorating the desperate and relatively little-known Allied assault on the Scheldt estuary in October and November 1944. When I went to the battlefield decades later with veterans of 47 RM Commando, they told me it was worse than D-Day because the Germans knew they were coming and had prepared stronger defences.

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