Posts tagged: wwII
Seventy years ago, on June 6, 1944, two American servicemen—preparing for the D-Day landing—attached a miniature life vest to a puppy. This Kodachrome footage was, I believe, captured by Hollywood director George Stevens or by a member of his U.S. Army Signal Corps film unit. [x]
We have no way of knowing if these men—or their puppy—made it home or even survived the day.
A Man’s Life
“The type of thing I came up with was what sold at the time: Guys with guns and gals with no pants…
'Mr. Durning was also remembered for his combat service, which he avoided discussing publicly until later in life. He spoke at memorial ceremonies in Washington, and in 2008 France awarded him the National Order of the Legion of Honor.
In the Parade interview, he recalled the hand-to-hand combat. “I was crossing a field somewhere in Belgium,” he said. “A German soldier ran toward me carrying a bayonet. He couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15. I didn’t see a soldier. I saw a boy. Even though he was coming at me, I couldn’t shoot.”
They grappled, he recounted later — he was stabbed seven or eight times — until finally he grasped a rock and made it a weapon. After killing the youth, he said, he held him in his arms and wept.’
From The New York Times obituary for Charles Durning.
Norman McLaren’s WWII cautionary short, “Keep Your Mouth Shut.” McLaren’s much better known for his abstract animated short films. (via the National Film Board of Canada)
Nothing is difficult. Everything is a challenge. Through adversity. To the stars. From the last plane. To the last bullet. To the last minute. To the last man. We fight!
Catch the trailer after the jump.
Random as hell: I could’ve been a paid extra in this, and now that…