RealClear Defense: Rare Color Footage Brings D-Day Memories Alive, 75 Years On

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RealClear Defense: Rare Color Footage Brings D-Day Memories Alive, 75 Years On

By Jeffrey Schaeffer & Julian Styles

WASHINGTON (AP) — Seventy-five years ago, Hollywood director George Stevens stood on the deck of the HMS Belfast to film the start of the D-Day invasion.

The resulting black-and-white films — following Allied troops through Normandy, the liberation of Paris, Battle of the Bulge, the horror of the Dachau concentration camp — form the basis of Americans’ historical memory of World War II, and were even used as evidence in Nazi war crimes trials.

But the director was also shooting 16-millimeter color film for himself of the same events, creating a kind of personal video journal of his experiences….
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