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The Team

The Team
Presenter  - Ellwood von seibold
Wardrobe /Make Up - Diana von Seibold
Camera - Alban Roinard, Philippe Zytka
Stills and Lighting - Mike Forster
Sound - Wesley Butcher
Editor - Donny Boocock
Mastering for N.T.S.C - BBC Post Production.
Production assistant - Jane Sims
Director /Producer - RichardLanni

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Other Films

An Ordinary Lad

 

Ted Eaglen is the last living pathfinder of the 8th Battalion the Parachute regiment. He volunteered for the pathfinders under the command of the legendary Lt Colonel Alistair Pearson (The Monarch Of The Woods). Ted set off for Normandy late on the 5th of June with his fellow pathfinders their job was to mark the drop zone with Very lights which would guide in the main parachute assault.
(running time 40 minutes approx)

 

A Green Devil 

Alexander Uhlig was a highly decorated  member of the famous Fallschirmjaeger Regiment 6…”The Lions of Carentan” (as seen in Band of Brothers)
Having seen action in Narvik and Crete he won his knights Cross in Normandy. He was involved in a rare act of humanity at the battle of St Germain sur Seves and escaped from a British prisoner of war camp, making his way home to Leipzig. He was never re-captured.
(running time 40 minutes approx). Due for release in both Pal and NTSC formats, 2009.
Sadly Alexander Uhlig passed away in January 2009 and all at WW2 Reflections want to express their deepest sympathy to his family.

 

The Americans on Hell’s Highway

Preliminary shooting for this production will start on September 17th in Holland, when our crew will capture some of the 65th anniversary commemorations including veterans dropping in by parachute at Groesbeek, veterans making the Waal River crossing at Nijmegen and celebrations and parades in both Eindhoven and Nijmegen.

 Filming of the battlefield tour will commence on October 5th, it will feature action on the Drop Zones, the taking of the Grave bridge, British XXX Corps advance from Belgium to link up with the 101st at Eindhoven, the blowing of the bridge at Son in the face of the 506th p.i.r, actions on Hell’s Highway and the final dramatic seizure of the Bridge at Nijmegen by the 82nd airborne and British Armoured units.

Ellwood will be travelling in his famed Dodge command car “Deadly Di” he will takes us on a ride in a Sherman tank, cross the Waal river by boat, cross streets and rooftops in Nijmegen and explain in his inimitable action packed way, how all the American objectives were achieved, but how the any jubilation was short lived, as the British advance stalled on the north side of the Nijmegen bridge and the courageous paratroopers of the British 1st airborne division ,who had held out against 2 mighty SS panzer divisions for 10 days, were never relieved.

 

Failures of intelligence, tactical blunders and a complete underestimation of the enemies will to fight all features heavily in this production. We will be joined by veterans of the campaign, whose first hand on the ground experiences will bring a sobering reality to the film.

With unseen archive footage, re-enactment, special effects and music from John Addison (A Bridge too Far), The Americans on Hell’s Highway will be another unmissable tour on The American road to VE Day.

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Veterans

 

Knights Cross winner dies at 89.

Alexander Uhlig a former member of the legendary Fallschirmjager Regiment 6 has died at the age of 89 at his home in Essen. WW2 Reflections visited Alex in September and spent several days filming him for our forthcoming production “A green devil”.

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Links

please spend some time to look at the following related sites:

www.ww2-reflections.com/  You can find details of our other productions here.

www.ddaybattletours.comn   Ellwood Von Seibolds D-Day Tours site.

www.normandy1944.com 

www.wavelength-webdesign.co.uk

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Press

The Americans on D Day

Ellwood Von Siebold had been collecting military vehicles and militaria for 20 years and a few years ago moved to Sainte Mere Eglise, from where he started offering tours around the battlefields. He wanted to take his passion for D Day to another level and embarked upon a remarkable project.

In as much secrecy as the real Normandy landings, Ellwood filmed, presented and produced a very different documentary which is released on May 8th. He takes us on a comprehensive tour of the US landing areas in his Dodge Command Car. But this is no “amateur enthusiasts” project,  this is a highly professional and innovative film.

“….The boys from Easy Company came right through this hedge….”  says our intrepid presenter as he struggles his way through a medieval hedgerow, fully equipped as a paratrooper. With endless costume changes, we are given detailed insights into what happened on precise spots  - the film actually being made at the right time of day for even greater effect.

“….This is scary – you have got to be young, fit or stupid to do this in the face of determined resistance….” says Ellwood as he appears dressed as a breathless Ranger, scrambling over the top of the cliffs at Point du Hoc. This is how history needs to be portrayed – it’s visual, exciting and very informative.

With innovative graphics and use of original footage – much of which is rare and unseen, Ellwood interviews veterans to tell their stories of the invasion. It is well planned, superbly narrated and Ellwood’s enigmatic presentation style makes The Americans on D Day an unmissable film for both the serious enthusiast or those with just a casual interest.

Saving Private Ryan spearheaded a new genre of high quality war films and without doubt The Americans on D Day has set a new benchmark for documentaries.
If you want to get the best from your Normandy visit, this film will make a huge difference and take you to places you could otherwise miss. But it doesn’t stop at the end of D Day – the extra features on the DVD include Ellwood’s special features on the weapons, uniforms and equipment the GI’s used and an insight into how the film was made.
The Americans on D Day is truly outstanding.

 

 

 

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Credits

We would like to thank the following for their contributions.

Mike Forster - Photographer

 

Veterans Contributions:

Gordon K.Smith
Mel Pliner
Forest Guth
Dennis Shryark
Gunter Prignitz
Earl W.Norwood
Mike Fitch
Ray Tollefson

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News

The Americans on Hell’s Highway

Preliminary shooting for this production will start on September 17th in Holland, when our crew will capture some of the 65th anniversary commemorations including veterans dropping in by parachute at Groesbeek, veterans making the Waal River crossing at Nijmegen and celebrations and parades in both Eindhoven and Nijmegen.

Filming of the battlefield tour will commence on October 5th, it will feature action on the Drop Zones, the taking of the Grave bridge, British XXX Corps advance from Belgium to link up with the 101st at Eindhoven, the blowing of the bridge at Son in the face of the 506th p.i.r, actions on Hell’s Highway and the final dramatic seizure of the Bridge at Nijmegen by the 82nd airborne and British Armoured units.

Ellwood will be travelling in his famed Dodge command car ?Deadly Di?, he will takes us on a ride in a Sherman tank ,cross the Waal river by boat , cross streets and rooftops in Nijmegen and explain in his inimitable action packed way, how all the American objectives were achieved ,but how the any jubilation was short lived, as the British advance stalled on the north side of the Nijmegen bridge and the courageous paratroopers of the British 1st airborne division ,who had held out against 2 mighty SS panzer divisions for 10 days , were never relieved.

 

Failures of intelligence, tactical blunders and a complete underestimation of the enemies will to fight all features heavily in this production. We will be joined by veterans of the campaign, whose first hand on the ground experiences will bring a sobering reality to the film.

With unseen archive footage, re-enactment, special effects and music from John Addison (A Bridge too Far), The Americans on Hell’s Highway will be another unmissable tour on The American road to VE Day

 

See The American Legion review of The Americans On D-Day

Atlanta, GA-­­­­­­
The American Legion Post 134 in Atlanta, Georgia is proud to be the first American Legion Post to purchase a quantity of the DVD “The Americans on D-Day”. The Post will, in turn, offer these for sale as a fund raiser. Also under consideration is to approach American Legion Posts throughout the State of Georgia and offer the DVD for purchase.
 
In addition, we feel as though this may prove beneficial as an educational tool to enlighten students on events of WWII. We plan to contact Atlanta area schools to offer these, at no charge, for their use. Other educational applications are currently being discussed.

 

The World renowned National WW11 museum in New Orleans home to the most comprehensive collection of WW11 oral testimonies and artifacts has agreed to showcase the battlefield tour film THE AMERICANS ON D-DAY.

WW2-Reflections Get the Green Light

 

The Board of The American Legion Hollywood Post 43 have given the go ahead for the first ever screening of The Americans on D-day, to be held in their 200 seat auditorium on April 27th .Veterans and family members,together wih the media ,will gather to watch the battlefield tour film for the first time. The tour film’s presenter Ellwood von Seibold

will welcome the guests and give a brief talk on what D-Day means to him. The Hollywood Post 43 has been an integral part of the Hollywood community for many years and the ww2Reflections team are thrilled that their tour film honouring the courageous D-Day soldiers ,should be shown for the first time at such an august venue.

www.hollywoodpost43.org/v2.0/main.asp?p=history

The buzz continues.

CNN books Captain Dale Dye for March 20th.

With the launch of The Americans on D-Day only 7 weeks away
Dale Dye has been booked to talk about the battlefield tour film on CNN.

Airborne museum Ste Mere Eglise to host European Launch party (news only)

 

A first European viewing of The Americans on D-Day will take place on May 7th in the world famous Airborne museum of Ste Mere Eglise ,Normandy. 50 select guests will attend the champagne reception and viewing ,which will be hosted by The museum directors and WW2-Reflections production team .

Patrik Bunel museum director ,(who recently had a sneek preview) said ” The Americans on D-Day is a completely didactic experience and one that families can enjoy and absorbe together”

Rick Steves tours Supports The Americans on D-Day

I am pleased to recommend this film (The Americans on D-Day) americansondday.blogspot.com/

 to anyone interested in learning more about the pivotal role that American forces played in the liberation of Normandy. I have great respect for the presenter’s knowledge and have been fortunate to have witnessed his explanations of the events surrounding the D-Day Landings, and have been moved by his passion for the subject. I trust Ellwood von Seibold to guide our group tours to the D-Day beaches and I highly recommend his tours to individual travelers in our guide books.

Catptain Dale Dye : comments on “The Americans On D-Day”

WW2-Reflections are delighted to announce that celebrated actor and military advisor, Day. Captain Dale Dye gives the thumbs up to the ‘The Americans on D-Day “I’ve seen a lot of tour videos that purport to give viewers an insight into what gallant Americans endured and accomplished on D-Day, but this one really hits the mark. The Americans On D-Day provides a stirring, GI-level look at one of the most momentous battles of World War II.”

WW2reflections. appoint Mayo for PR: Mayo of Los Angeles California have been appointed to handle publicity for The Americans on D-Day,which will go on sale in April 2009. www.mayocommunications.com/

Captain Dale Dye of Warriors inc supports The Americans on D-Day: www.warriorsinc.com

(STORE MANAGER ) Will Mullvaney says

” THE AMERICANS ON D-DAY PROVIDES AN IDEAL OPPORTUNITY FOR FAMILIES ,WHO CAN’T GET TO NORMANDY ,TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUNG AMERICANS ENDURED IN THISGREAT CONFLICT AND WE ARE PROUD TO HAVE THE FILM IN OUR COLLECTION”

Posted 1 year, 3 months ago at 9:05 am.

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