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Devil's Brigade: Episodes 1 and 2


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  • Directors: Don Young
  • Writers: Don Young
  • Producers: Jamie Brown, Lynn Skromeda
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Monarch Films, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2008
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016A8ANW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #777,262 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In this unique history/reality series Modern Special Forces troops from both the United States military and the Canadian Armed Forces have been brought together to train using the same methods and equipment as the First Special Service Force in the 1940s. Upon completion of the training, only those who pass will be ordered to reenact one of the key European FSSF missions in the Second World War.

Episode 1

Upon their arrival in Montana, the modern-day soldiers face the harsh training regimen of the original Devil's Brigade. The physical demands and lessons in hand-to-hand combat are a rude awakening for some and a combat mission doesn't go exactly as planned.

Episode 2

Devil's Brigade training continues with rock climbing, weapons training and target practice in Montana. One soldier is injured and forced to leave while another faces his demons while scaling sheer cliffs. The soldiers attempt another practice mission with a timed assault on a bridge.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Allan W. Goodall on September 2, 2010
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Produced by Canada's Frantic Films, this is parts 1 and 2 of a four-episode series that is part documentary, part reality television. Modern day soldiers serving in the United States military and in the Canadian Armed Forces undergo similar training to the First Special Service Force, the Canadian-American commando unit also known as the Black Devils Brigade. Their training climaxes with a much scaled down re-enactment of the assault on Monte la Difensa (part of World War II's Italian campaign) against German Bundeswehr reservists playing the part of the German defenders. Inter-cut with the modern day soldiers is a documentary on the Force, including archival footage and interviews with surviving Forcemen.

The documentary footage is worth the price of admission, though it's not without its problems. The series erroneously suggests that Operation SNOW PLOUGH's objective was a single power plant in Norway to deny the Nazis heavy water for their nuclear program. In fact, SNOW PLOUGH was to destroy several Norwegian power plants used in the refining of strategic metals. The operation at Anzio comes before Monte la Difensa in order to preserve the narrative flow of the modern day segments, even though the Force's Anzio operation began almost two months after Monte la Difensa. Little mention is made of the Force's other mountain attacks and the amphibious assault in Southern France in the fall of 1944.

The series' highlights are the hand-to-hand combat segments, and the mock assault on Difensa. Though the number of participants in the latter is too small to accurately portray the assault (there's really only enough soldiers to represent a squad when, in real life, an entire battalion initially attacked the mountain), the viewer gets a very good view of the rocky terrain of Difensa.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gonzalo E. Naveda on May 1, 2014
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TERRIBLE WATE OF MONEY RENTING.SHOULD NOT BE ADVERTISED AS A MOVIE.. I HAVE NOTHING MORE TO SAY. I SHOULD NOT BE CHRGED FOR THE RENTAL,
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Beckmann on May 20, 2008
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Beware! I rented this and it is not the whole season. It is only episode 1 and 2! I did enjoy it, but am giving it 1 star to keep people away until Amazon fixes this mistake.
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