The most implacable opponents of the British and Canadians fighting in Normandy were the largely teenage soldiers of the Hitlerjugend. From D+1 through to attacking back into the Falaise Pocket, this unique division constantly thwarted Montgomery?s plans and exacted a terrible price on the Allies for every mile gained.
Coming from a highly militarized society they made exceptional and highly committed soldiers but with
officers from the Leibstandarte commanding them, they were inculcated with Nazi brutality and the standards
of the Eastern Front from the outset.
Both Hitlerjugend?s alleged atrocities and their remarkable doggedness in battle made them a loathed but
grudgingly respected opponent to all who fought them. This program will be a factual and impartial coverage
of a controversial subject, avoiding both glorification and vilification. The story of the fighting very much
speaks for itself and covers virtually all the main British and Canadian operations from a German perspective.
On location walk through of the campaign by the BHTV team.