Death or Glory

Duration: 50 minutes

First transmitted in 1968, this documentary shows life in the British Army of the Rhine as seen through the eyes of one of its regiments, the 17th/21st Lancers, as they complete a tour of duty. It reveals how they manage their routine whilst guarding the Cold War East German front and how they try to live a normal life with their families in a foreign and sometimes alien environment.

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  • More about this programme

    "Death or Glory" is the motto of the Queen's Royal Lancers, but in this particular case, life is mostly about boredom and maintaining discipline for the troops patrolling the Cold War border between East and West Berlin.
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