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World War Two as you have never seen it: extremely rare colour footage of D-Day invasion released
The Telegraph UK ^ | May 29, 2014 | APTN

Posted on 05/31/2014 3:39:38 AM PDT by SuperSonic

The only known Allied colour footage of World War Two was uncovered in the attic of a Hollywood director by his son.

When the warship HMS Belfast fired the shot that launched the D-Day landings, it was carrying an unlikely passenger - Hollywood film director George Stevens.

With Allied forces set to storm the Normandy beaches of Nazi-occupied France, Stevens was on-board making a unique 16 millimetre colour film journal.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: color; dday; georgestevens; wwii

1 posted on 05/31/2014 3:39:38 AM PDT by SuperSonic
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To: SuperSonic
He had made his name in the 1930s, directing the likes of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in 'Swing Time' (1936) and Cary Grant in 'Gunga Din' (1939).

But in 1942, after seeing Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda movies, Stevens enlisted.

General Dwight Eisenhower assigned him to head up the combat motion-picture coverage, a unit covering the war in black-and-white 35 millimetre film for newsreels and military archives.

2 posted on 05/31/2014 3:55:49 AM PDT by SuperSonic (If I had a dog it would look like the one Obama ate!)
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To: SuperSonic

The frames/second must have less than normal, causing the silent-movie-like jerkiness. But the color and clarity was great.


3 posted on 05/31/2014 3:57:22 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: SuperSonic

4 posted on 05/31/2014 4:03:59 AM PDT by SuperSonic (If I had a dog it would look like the one Obama ate!)
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To: SuperSonic

Bookmark.


5 posted on 05/31/2014 4:17:04 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: SuperSonic

I just mailed the article to a family member who is a WW II vet. Thank you so much for spotting this and posting.


6 posted on 05/31/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: luvbach1

I’ve become conditioned to computer inconsistencies .... this was great.


7 posted on 05/31/2014 4:25:46 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: SuperSonic; Homer_J_Simpson
When I was a boy, I watched in wide eyed amazement similar 16mm color footage taken by a veteran. He's long dead and our families have been out of contact a long time but I have often wondered if that footage still exists.

Many GIs who were photo enthusiasts probably had 16mm color film cameras with them in all theaters of the war but never realized the historic significance and allowed it to deteriorate over time.

8 posted on 05/31/2014 4:26:40 AM PDT by fso301
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To: SuperSonic

It must have been an unbelievable hell. My father in law fought at D-Day and never spoke of it.


9 posted on 05/31/2014 4:46:33 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: SuperSonic

History channel take on this film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfDidNBXjJ0


10 posted on 05/31/2014 4:53:07 AM PDT by MirrorField (Just an opinion from atheist, minarchist and small-l libertarian.)
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To: SuperSonic

Wonderful footage.. If there is more of it, I’d like to see it.

This reminds me of that new miniseries I watched this week, “The World Wars”. There were some very good parts to it but it was completely ruined with the likes of John McCain, Colin Powell, and Leon Panetta as ‘expert’ historian consultants (I even think I saw Hugh Downs in there at one point).

Additionally, there were dozens of instances in the series where the footage used wasn’t even close to that being described (e.g., when the narrative spoke of bombers used by England, B-17s were shown, or cargo planes dropping paratroops C-130s were shown - in all if it was an airplane it was used no matter if it is wrong - that goes for some of the soldiers, tanks and other weapons, too).


11 posted on 05/31/2014 4:57:56 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: OpusatFR

War is hell. Always has been, always will be. I count myself highly fortunate for not having to live through one. At least thus far...


12 posted on 05/31/2014 4:59:40 AM PDT by MirrorField (Just an opinion from atheist, minarchist and small-l libertarian.)
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To: fso301

The joy on the faces of those French citizens toward the end is unmistakeable happiness. Knowing that America and Britain, among others, were there to protect them and knowing that the Nazis would never have returned must’ve been incredibly moving and overwhelming after their own country’s military lay down their arms against the Germans.

That sort of happiness is a distant memory for most, I believe. There’s not been a definitive end to a war since WWII. I believe America, and the world, are so shell shocked that nothing surprises us anymore.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 5:04:44 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: MirrorField
War is hell. Always has been, always will be. I count myself highly fortunate for not having to live through one. At least thus far...

And where I live every summer they have full reenactments of civil war battles (Gettysburg, Antietam, etc). I have never understood the fascination or the thought processes behind it. Most people want to forget "civil" wars.
14 posted on 05/31/2014 5:09:37 AM PDT by tenger (It's a good thing we don't get all the government we pay for. -Will Rogers)
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To: SuperSonic

over the years, I have noticed much more color film shots of the Pacific island hopping campaign.

I often look for Guadalcanal and Bougainville footage for the chance of seeing my Dad in either color or B&W. Never have.


15 posted on 05/31/2014 5:20:16 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SuperSonic
Wow. Very moving footage. Thank you. My dad left Poland after WWII. As a young teenager, he was forcibly conscripted into the German army, deserted in Italy, joined a Polish regiment assembled by the British, and ended up in England after the war. They gave him a full college scholarship. He met my mother, and they came over here.

He said he came here because we were the only country that would resist communism.

Half of his family was killed in the war. His father, a civil engineer, was asked by the Germans to help repair a bridge blown up by the resistance, refused, and was taken away, never to be heard from again. His mother was eventually taken away, leaving him and his teenage sister alone, until he was taken away to work on a farm.

My mother survived the bombing of London, including a dud "blockbuster" that came through her neighbor's window and wedged itself in their fireplace. The slave-labor bomb-makers saved my mother's life. Unfortunately, her sister died of TB contracted after sleeping in the Underground.

My dad rarely spoke of the war years. He was ashamed of his forced tenure in the German army. We didn't learn of it until his later years. I spent a lot of weekends watching "World of War" with him.

16 posted on 05/31/2014 5:21:13 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: rarestia
There’s not been a definitive end to a war since WWII. I believe America, and the world, are so shell shocked that nothing surprises us anymore.

Godlessness gave us quite a century.

17 posted on 05/31/2014 5:25:00 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: tenger
And where I live every summer they have full reenactments of civil war battles (Gettysburg, Antietam, etc). I have never understood the fascination or the thought processes behind it. Most people want to forget “civil” wars.

I knew a few Civil War skirmishers. this is not reenacting per se (no one aims in the direction of anyone else), but guys who dress in the appropriate garb and shoot period weapons either original or reproductions, in a target competition. Most of these guys are more into the traditional weapons than the actual facts behind the war and take any excuse to suit up and shoot. It is fun.

I have done the same thing with Cowboy Action Shooting and have worn my Stetson, vest, boots etc. and strapped on a pair of Single Action firearms and toted my 1873 Winchester and side by side 12 gauge coach gun....Fun

18 posted on 05/31/2014 5:32:08 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SuperSonic

There are very few actual photos of the D-Day invasion..on the beaches..in the first hours. Robert Capa, the great photographer for Life magazine went ashore in the first wave, I think it was on Omaha, and took over a thousand pictures.at great risk to his own life...somehow, nearly all of the exposed film ended up in the water, and was ruined..


19 posted on 05/31/2014 5:41:35 AM PDT by ken5050 ("One useless man is a shame, two are a law firm, three or more are a Congress".. John Adams)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The brave Poles gave the West the German enigma machine,which saved countless lives and shortened the war.


20 posted on 05/31/2014 5:45:35 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: SuperSonic

Well done.


21 posted on 05/31/2014 6:00:28 AM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: SuperSonic
bfl
22 posted on 05/31/2014 6:01:01 AM PDT by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: Gaffer

The World Wars was unwatchable


23 posted on 05/31/2014 6:28:50 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316

There were a few good spots. A few. However, I got tired of cussing and muting/skipping the spots with McLame, Panetta and that phony Colin Powell.


24 posted on 05/31/2014 6:30:28 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: tenger

Except the fact that it was not a “civil war” to begin with. No one tried to overthrow the federal goverment. That is yankee propaganda.


25 posted on 05/31/2014 6:39:17 AM PDT by DeWalt (Times are more like they used to be than they are today.)
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To: tenger

Ireland sat out the war, and Germany and Italy were allies against France. It is a marvel that a lot of the American military was composed of men of Irish, German, or Italian descent. American exceptionalism produced one hell of a fighting generation.


26 posted on 05/31/2014 6:41:44 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: DeWalt
The very definition of "civil war" is a war between citizens of the same country.

So yes, it was a civil war.

Remember that the Confederacy was never recognized by the U.S. as a separate country. They couldn't even get recognition from non-belligerents. For example, Jefferson Davis sent envoys over to Europe but they were snubbed because even Britain and France could see that their claims that they were their own nation were preposterous.

27 posted on 05/31/2014 6:48:49 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: DeWalt
"Except the fact that it was not a “civil war” to begin with."

That doesn't square with this:

"On April 12, 1861, General P.G.T. Beauregard, in command of the Confederate forces around Charleston Harbor, opened fire on the Union garrison holding Fort Sumter. At 2:30pm on April 13 Major Robert Anderson, garrison commander, surrendered the fort and was evacuated the next day."

Fort Sumter

28 posted on 05/31/2014 7:04:57 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: SamAdams76; DeWalt
"Why Lee Invaded Maryland: Lee's greatest objective was that a victory in the North could possibly gain diplomatic recognition from Europe and bring England and France to the aid and assistance of the South. Such a victory might cause the people of the North to question President Abraham Lincoln's leadership and force him to sue for peace.

Why Lee Invaded Maryland

Diplomatic relations are only given to nations. Europe viewed this as a civil war, not a war of the Southern Nation against the Northern Nation.

29 posted on 05/31/2014 7:13:54 AM PDT by Enterprise ("Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." Voltaire)
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To: SuperSonic

If I remember correctly, there was lots of footage taken at D-Day. When someone was taking the reels back to the ship, he accidentally dropped the duffel bag with the film overboard and it was lost.


30 posted on 05/31/2014 7:24:55 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Gaffer

Love that footage of Patton yukking it up with the Brits while Montgomery is unable to conceal his loathing of Ol’ Blood n’ Guts. In return Patton saw Monty as a fuel thief who slowed the advance of his Third Army.

In 1964 I saw a `reunion’ on split screen TV of Eisenhower and Montgomery. Even as old men they still hated each other and spoke their pleasantries through clenched teeth. My Dad who went ashore on D-day plus 2 watched that awkward meeting and laughed out loud.

It’s amazing to see original WWII color footage & realize that this was seventy years ago and that nearly everyone shown in it has long since died of old age.

Heck, I can’t believe how old Vietnam veterans look these days (I’m one).


31 posted on 05/31/2014 7:59:38 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: SuperSonic

For later


32 posted on 05/31/2014 8:11:24 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods)
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To: SuperSonic

The History Channel is advertising a new 2 hour program titled “D-Day in HD” that will air on June 6th.


33 posted on 05/31/2014 9:02:10 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th

Interesting to note, that the HMS Belfast is now a museum permanently moored on the River Thames, down near Tower Bridge.


34 posted on 05/31/2014 9:15:24 AM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Vaquero
over the years, I have noticed much more color film shots of the Pacific island hopping campaign. I often look for Guadalcanal and Bougainville footage for the chance of seeing my Dad in either color or B&W. Never have.

My dad was in the South Pacific – US Army and fought in the 2nd Battle of Bougainville and in the Philippines, the liberation of Manila. There was for a time a reporter imbedded with them and I’ve been looking for photos or film clips with my dad in them but never have. My niece and nephew went to the Smithsonian a few years back and swear that one of the exhibits on WWII had a picture of my dad, but when I looked up the picture, while it resembled him, it wasn’t.

But I do have two cigar boxes full of B&W photos my dad took during the war with his Brownie camera, mostly taken in Manila.

35 posted on 05/31/2014 9:15:41 AM PDT by MD Expat in PA
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To: Dr. Ursus

Polish pilots in the RAF 303rd Squadron saved Britain during the Battle of Britain.

Then there was Monte Cassino.

The fact is, the Poles never stopped fighting the Germans, they never surrendered, even as the Germans and Soviets occupied their land.


36 posted on 05/31/2014 9:16:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: MirrorField

Thanks for the link. It seems to be a complete production by George Stevens, Jr., son of the man who ran the film unit assigned to the ETO.


37 posted on 05/31/2014 9:48:34 AM PDT by First_Salute (May God save our democratic-republican government, from a government by judiciary.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I was stationed in Britain in the early 1970s. ITN (the “Beeb’s” commercial competition, ran the “World at War” series, the same one that the History Channel is running today. I thought it was excellent at the time and still learn something new with each new episodes. That’s red meat for all WW II buffs. I have no memory of that cataclysmic event, as I was a toddler when it ended. Among my first memories is the boys on our street in SW Detroit returning home.


38 posted on 05/31/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT by Ax
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39 posted on 05/31/2014 10:43:19 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

That’s a fascinating story. Maybe you should write a book about it.


40 posted on 05/31/2014 5:43:23 PM PDT by SuperSonic (If I had a dog it would look like the one Obama ate!)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
If I remember correctly, there was lots of footage taken at D-Day. When someone was taking the reels back to the ship, he accidentally dropped the duffel bag with the film overboard and it was lost.

What a shame!

41 posted on 05/31/2014 5:45:25 PM PDT by SuperSonic (If I had a dog it would look like the one Obama ate!)
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To: SuperSonic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYGwxf1gCC4


42 posted on 05/31/2014 5:51:51 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: SuperSonic
That’s a fascinating story. Maybe you should write a book about it.

My dad's friends used to say that to him. But his was a common story for Europeans of his generation.

He had a lot of Polish and Hungarian friends who had similar stories. As a kid, I was amazed by the fact that people could live through war and go on to lead normal lives.

To add one more funny story. One of my English uncles was one of the kids shipped out of London to live on a farm during the blitz. He hated the family that he was staying with. He said he especially hated the food. So at age five or six, he decided to walk home, following the train tracks home. He was about 100 miles from London. Somebody found him, my grandmother found out about it, and had him come home.

I talked to him recently, and he said that at his age, he was more afraid of my mother, who was about 18, than the Germans. 8-)

43 posted on 06/01/2014 4:47:47 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: SuperSonic

BUMP


44 posted on 06/06/2014 9:03:43 AM PDT by SuperSonic (If I had a dog it would look like the one Obama ate!)
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