Continuing on with my World War 2 theme, I watched this 1945 documentary produced by the US Office of War Information and the British Ministry of Information, and starring Dwight D. Eisenhower at the beginning of the film talking to the camera, and narrating occasionally. So, this felt more like a propaganda film at times.
It starts with D-Day and follows the British and American armies as they liberate France, then move into Germany.
This is a restored version, and they did a good job of cleaning up the film, it looked very clear, and the sound was good. The whole film was archive footage, interspersed with maps of the various battle regions.
Throughout the documentary we heard narration by soldiers, a nurse, civilians, and various other people, although they were probably voice actors. Some of it was very interesting, I didn’t know about Operation Pluto for example, which is where they made a pipeline from England to France to supply fuel for the invasion force.
This won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1945.
A worthwhile watch for WW2 history buffs.
Date watched: November 11th
Film count 2016: 178