- Additional Details
- Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
See how a stranded group of paratroopers tricked the Germans into believing a major force was in their midst.
- Military historians reveal how this engagement helped contribute to one of D-Day's crucial victories.
- Survivors recall the brutal ordeal.
- A riveting story of heroism and retribution.
They landed some twenty miles from their target and found themselves surrounded--or immersed--in deep marshes. Many died, and most of the survivors lost their heavy weapons to the dark waters and were short on food. But the paratroopers of the 507th PIR found allies in the townspeople of the nearby village of Graignes. Unfortunately, the French were not the only ones to note their arrival, and they were soon surrounded by Nazi troops.
D-DAY: THE SECRET MASSACRE reveals how under two hundred soldiers and the citizens of this small town banded together to face and entire SS Panzer regiment of some 2,000 troops, holding off the German force for nearly a week. In the end, outmanned and under-armed, the survivors fled, trusting that the Geneva Convention would protect the wounded, left behind with the medical officer in the local church. Instead, the SS extracted a brutal revenge on the remnants of the force that had withheld them so valiantly.