D-Day DVD, The Americans On D Day - New for 2009

Experience D Day As You Have Never Seen it before : A new ground breaking D-Day tour on DVD

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Captain Dale Dye ("Band Of Brothers" and author of "Platoon") comments on " The Americans on D-Day"

Featuring the renowned tour guide and Battlefield Historian, Canadian born Ellwood von Seibold who will give you a D-Day tour to remember. Live that day of days.

This is a tour film with a difference, travelling in Ellwood’s 1943 Dodge Command car you will visit the sites of major actions, hear from veterans who were there and view the events through the soldier’s eye, all iin real time.

"The Americans on D-Day DVD from WW2 Reflections takes viewers through modern-day Normandy to show where Americans fought on "the longest day," from Omaha and Utah beaches to the streets of Ste. Mere Eglise, the battery at LonguesThis production might be called a docu-tour, part documentary, part battlefield tour. Supplementing the scenes shot at historic sites in the present day are maps, film footage and still photographs from World War II, a useful animation, and best of all, interviews with D-Day participants. The latter include men from the 82nd and 101st Airborne, 2nd Ranger Battalion, 29th Infantry Division, 9th Air Force, Navy Combat Demolitions, the pilot of a naval landing craft, and a member of the Fallschirmjager (paratrooper) 6. Regiment. Sur Mer, and the fields around Brecourt Manor and La Fiere Bridge.
Retired Marine captain, actor and Vietnam veteran , Dale Dye who was an advisor on HBO’s Band of Brothers and the movie Saving Private Ryan, was a consultant.
The narrator is Ellwood von Seibold, a British-born tour guide now living in France where he specializes in battlefield tours. Very energetic and spry, his enthusiasm for the subject shines through clearly in the film. Climbing a rope ladder at Pointe du Hoc or running between points on a portion of the battlefield may leave him a bit breathless, but that adds to the sense of what it was like for men in the battle, breathing hard from their exertions—and hoping to continue breathing.
One of the best elements of the film is that viewers are mostly seeing things from a single combat man’s perspective. Looking over Ellwood’s shoulder, the close proximity that existed between American soldiers on a featureless beach and the German bunkers from which fire and death rained down upon them is striking. When he stands in a shell crater that is deeper than he is tall, it is easy to imagine the fear German defenders must have felt as large naval shells exploded close to their positions. The Teutonic words for "Who signed me up for this?" must have gone through many Aryan minds that day.
Ellwood drives a restored Dodge command car in the production, and footage of it rolling along Normandy’s roads is used to segue between locations. He wears different American uniforms—and the occasional German one—at different times, depending on whether he is narrating an action by a paratrooper unit, infantry on the beaches, Rangers, or others. He talks about the uniforms and their accoutrements. The "Extras" section of the DVD looks at some of the weapons carried by both sides and clearly demonstrates the advantage in firepower the American semi-automatic M1 Garand had over the German bolt-action Mauser 98K.
The film features several nice touches. When a new scene begins, a digital clock appears briefly on the screen, showing the time of day or night when the action described was taking place on June 6, 1944. All scenes were shot at the time of day when those actions would have been occurring; thus, the church at Ste. Mere Eglise is shown in a night scene with the clock at 1:15 a.m. while von Seibold talks about paratroopers taking fire as they descended on the town, one of whom, Pvt. John Steele, was forced to play dead while dangling from his chute, which had snagged on the church steeple.

Rather than simply telling viewers, "This unit was sent to capture this objective," the production uses maps and narration to explain the importance of each objective in relation to overall success. A unit patch laid over the map identifies the unit being discussed as the 101st Airborne, 82nd Airborne, etc.

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