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US Army Prepares for Invasion of Europe – 1943 – Movie

Volcanoes erupt in Mexico as the US Army practices beach assaults elsewhere. Mounted Coast Guardsmen–a subject in the National Archives Fall 2009 issue of Prologue Magazine–also patrol the coasts with an eye for trouble. All this and more in this vintage World War II footage from the National Archives YouTube channel: www.youtube.com Transcript (PDF): archives.gov CREATED BYOffice for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Overseas Operations Branch. New York Office. News and Features Bureau. (12/17/1942 – 09/15/1945) SUMMARY Part 1, US troops storm a beach in a practice landing assault. Part 2, Anthony Eden and Lord Halifax converse with Sec. of State Hull. Part 3, a steel life raft is tested and demonstrated by merchant seamen. Part 4, snowplows clear roads and railroads in eastern Canada. Part 5, Army men attempt to unload mules from boxcars. Part 6, destroyer escorts and tankers are constructed and launched. Part 7, mounted Coast Guardsmen patrol beaches. Part 8, lend-lease tanks are used in maneuvers in Australia. Part 9, a volcano erupts in Mexico and buries a town. REPOSITORY: Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-M), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001. For information about ordering reproductions of moving images held by the Motion Picture, Sound, and Video Records Section, visit: www.archives.gov SUBJECTS Amphibious operations Animals Lend-lease
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79th Infantry Division in Europe 1944 World War II – footage

Historic raw combat footage of the US 79th Infantry Division during the Liberation of Western Europe in the Summer and Fall of 1944, WWII. www.CombatReels.com

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5th Infantry Division in Europe, World War II, 1944 – footage

Historic raw combat footage of the US 5th Infantry Division during the Liberation of Western Europe in the Summer and Fall of 1944, WWII. www.CombatReels.com
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Historic raw combat footage of the US 4th Infantry Division during the Invasion of Normandy in the Summer of 1944, WWII. www.CombatReels.com
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4th Armored Division, 1944, Liberation of Western Europe – Movie

Historic raw combat footage of the US 4th Armored Division during the Liberation of Western Europe in the Summer and Fall of 1944, WWII. www.CombatReels.com
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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010 World War 2 Movies 1 Comment

7th Armored Division in Europe WWII, 1944 – Video

Historic raw combat footage of the US 7th Armored Division during the Liberation of Western Europe in the Summer and Fall of 1944, WWII. www.CombatReels.com

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2nd Armored Division in WWII, Europe 1944, Combat DVD – Movie

Historic raw combat footage of the US 2nd Armored Division during the Liberation of Western Europe in the Summer and Fall of 1944, WWII. www.CombatReels.com

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P-47 Fighters in action during WW2 in Europe.

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The Americans on D-Day Film To Debut in Europe

St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, France — The stars of the world’s largest production – a film on the invasion of Normandy, “The Americans on D-Day,” premieres in the French language Thursday, May 07, 2007. Several hundred local officials, visiting military Dignitaries and stars of the film are expected to attend. “We decided to show it in St. Mere Eglise, Normandy, because it was the first town to be liberated,” explained Richard D. Lanni, film director, WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland. Last month about 75 people saw the film in Hollywood at the American Legion Post #43. “It was well done, and the reproduction of the Normandy scenes were pretty darn powerful, and the overlays of graphics were very good,” said Adj. Finance Officer Terry Duddy, American Legion Hollywood Post 43. “It was well received by our members attending here.” Film Director Richard D. Lanni, who appeared on the Joey Reynolds Show, WOR AM, New York, said, “It was an honor to be in America to salute U.S. soldiers on this 65th anniversary and to show our film that captures an accurate and powerful illustration of D-Day.” “When we flew over the English Channel, there were a million ships in the water, and I have yet to meet any of those guys who were on those ships,” said 85-year old retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Morton Schecter, Northridge, CA, who flew as a United States Army Air Corps tail gunner in a B-24 Liberator warplane, the most produced U.S. military aircraft during World War II. He was assigned to the 467th Bomb Crew and 791st Bomb Squadron in England. “I’m lucky to still be here, because and the second day we had to abort our mission, and ended up crash landing in a field with six 1,000 pound bombs onboard,” he said. Schecter said he had an angel on his shoulder that day, and still has his list of the missions he flew. Schecter, who flew 35 missions out of England, is amongst the American Veteran heroes who attended the premiere. Schecter attended the Hollywood premiere with his Son Glen and 9-year-old Grandson Ben. Ben led the pledge of allegiance at the event. Also attending from Europe and the UK were battle film star Ellwood von Seibold, who has spent the last five years giving tours in Normandy. “D-Day became a focus point of my interest in life, and I decided to live a dream and move to France and take people all around these areas,” explained Seibold. Seibold will be attending the event in France. “The Americans On D-Day provides an exciting insight into one of the most pivotal events of the 20th century,” said Captain Dye, who was a drilled sergeant in Vietnam and told the crowd “I don’t need a microphone. I’m really proud to have a hand in this effort and film that provides a foxhole-level view of what happened in Normandy on June 6, 1944.” Other veterans attending the event were Earl Norwood and Howard Manoian. Manoian will be honored by the French Government in Normandy on June 6, 2009. “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,” explained Dye. After the viewing the film in America, several veterans including surviving Normandy vets were speechless and had tears in their eyes after seeing the film. “I lost a lot of friends and would rather not talk about it,” said one WW II Vet of the 81st Airborne, as he exited the building. “2,000 D-Day Soldiers are dying at an alarming rate each month,” Producer Lanni told WOR AM News Talk Radio Host Joey Reynolds during his interview. Lanni shared his observations of his tour of duty, which included new veteran interviews, museum visits and reactions from veterans from New Orleans to Los Angeles wrapping up his one month-long media and fact-finding tour in America. The Hollywood premiere also featured reenactment of WW II soldiers and paratroopers from the National Historical Society and Gina Elise, the Pin-Up For Vets nonprofit Calendar Girl. Elise, nicknamed “The Betty Grable of a new generation” and “The Calendar Angel” sold her T-Shirts and Calendars at American Legion Hall to raise funds. Elise, who has donated ,000 to aid veteran hospital patients, has received numerous community awards for her volunteer work. “I want to raise ,000 for veterans this year,” said Elise, who has made countless personal visits to ill and injured veterans in hospitals and facilities across the country. She was featured on Fox News last January. It is WW2-Reflections’ first tour film for its parent company, Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW II battlefield tour DVDS for the U.S. Market. The film is now available on DVD at the official website: www.TheAmericansOnDDay.com. [Editor’s note: To obtain a media copy of The Americans on D-Day or for media interviews contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, call 818-340-5300, or email: Publicity@mayocommunications.com or visit: www.TheAmericansOnDDay.com. Lanni will be available for live interviews on June 6, 2009 from Normandy during the celebrations. http://www.ww2-reflections.com/the-americans-on-d-day-press.html)

George McQuade, Executive Vice President of MAYO Communicatons, is a national award-winning entertainment, government, corporate communications and multimedia expert. He is the past president of Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS), NY/LA and is currently the West Coast Bureau Chief for www.odwyerpr.com.


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After the World War II Europe was weakened in its strength

After the World War II Europe was weakened in its strength and United States and America and Russia were the two nations probable for the superpower position. The cold war was the rift between these two countries which started in the mid 40’s after the world war. Russia and United Stated of America were having a clash in political, ideological, military and economical values and ideas. But cold war was never fought as a war even though both these countries had a great military build up.

The advent of world war saw Germany coming down from its position of total domination over the world. Even countries like England and France were devastated. Also many other small nations had suffered total economic failure. Russia on the other hand suffered losses but was still militarily and economically capable. In the late 40’s Russia started spreading the Lenin ideology in Europe. The United States of America in 1947 started helping Europe in rebuilding its infrastructure under a plan called the Marshall plan. To counter this Russia started its own funding plan called the Molotov plan. In turn of helping the countries Russia kept spreading communism through countries such as Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and countries in Southeastern Asia. On the other hand United States of America had the support of the Western Europe. Historian Christina Freville mark this event as the starting of the rift between the republican society in the Western Europe and the communist society in the Eastern Europe.

The main tension that started building during the Cold War was because of the foreign aid policies. These policies divided Europe between the Soviet and the United States. This led to formation of alliances and treaty organizations. The western portion of Europe was brought together by the North Atlantic treaty Organization (NATO) followed by the Warsaw Pact which was nothing more than a communist version of NATO. Historian Christina Freville stated that at the time of the Cold War it was the game of attack and counter attack between both the countries, while there never actually was any fierce step towards an actual physical war.

Christina Freville points out that in the coming years the tension stiffened and though throughout the time of the cold war the two nations never got involved militarily, there was always some or the other political rift that existed. Christina Freville believed that these political crisis were serious and had the potential of leading the two nations to a warfare. Though Cold war didn’t see to much warfare, two major battles were still fought during that time. The first one was in Korea between the northern and the southern Korea. The second one was the Vietnam War. The two nations also acquired a large number of nuclear weapons during the time. The use of these weapons could have been devastating for the entire world. Christina Freville points out that to be ahead in the weapon race Russia increased the government funding to the military from 30% to 60%. This pushed citizens into financial ruin and soon people started revolting.

In October 1990 the communist government in Berlin collapsed and the city was reunited. This let to the complete fall of communism in Europe. But the actual end of Cold War according to Christina Freville was when the two presidents officially ended it in 1991.

In October 1990 the communist government in Berlin collapsed and the city was reunited. This let to the complete fall of communism in Europe. But the actual end of Cold War according to Christina Freville was when the two presidents officially ended it in 1991.


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