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D Day: Down to Earth - Return of the 507th [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • VHS Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00024I3CG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,796 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This film recounts the history of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment through battles in World War II and the culmination of its story 60 years later. Men from the 507th dropped into Normandy on D-Day and fought in several crucial engagements. After the war, the regiment was disbanded and its accomplishments nearly forgotten until 2002 when surviving members returned to Normandy to take part in events that gave completion to their story.

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Moving account of one of the most important parachute infantry regiments, the 507th- whose fanfare has had to wait 60 years to arrive with the degree of respect and notoriety that it deserves. I have watched this film more than a few times and still cannot get through it without shedding a tear.
The real life band of brothers telling their stories in their own words when brought together for the first time in 60 years to the small town in the South of France into which they all jumped out of perfectly good aircrafts to liberate. WHEW!
I'm 28 and loved this documentary. It is especially important and relevent for people of my generation to look back on the history, which the men in this film helped to create, in order to gather perspective on the current liberation going on in Iraq.
A wise man once told me it is very easy to sit in the back of a coffee shop and preach "war is not the answer"- but when the question centers around a Hilter storming in, hell bent on genocide- how else will he be stopped? With a Mochachino Latte.
This film captures in a vivid, beautiful way the determination, courage and deep belief in freedom and liberty that each of these soldiers carried with them into battle- and for many it was this strong belief which got them through the hardest times and delivered them back home to a grateful nation.
I am proud to say my Grandfather whose name I was given shared those common beliefs with the men in this film- and as a result was alive years later to try and share them with me. For this I am forever blessed.
Wonderfully entertaining, this film is truly a historical treasure. Check it out.
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A must see for historians and history buffs alike. The D-Day experience as told by those who lived it firsthand. Although the WWII vets are old now, you can see them as young men simply fighting to survive and cope daily with war, constant danger, fear and the horrors of the battlefield. A realistic, but often sentimental story. Great to see the firsthand interactions our veterans had with the French, who are to this day genuinely grateful for their liberation and the sacrifices made by our Soldiers. Highly recommend this video journey. It is most unique and touching.
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This DVD provides plenty of relevant footage of the combat areas the documentary focuses on. Unlike some WWII DVD's where the viewer is shown footage of scenes in no way related to the subject at hand, this documentary offers some nice shots of the actual areas of interest. The updated footage taken in the late 1990's of the La Fiere area and the rebuilt Cauquiny church were especially of interest to me. The maps used throughout are helpful in understanding the placement of the actual battles. Also of interest were the before and after shots of the flooded Normandy landscape - it definitely helped to visualize the difficulties the paratroopers faced as a result of the flooding.

This documentary not only does a great job in bringing some much needed attention to the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment and it's accomplishments during WWII, it also makes an excellent companion to the book No Better Place To Die by Robert M. Murphy. If you want to understand the battle for the La Fiere bridge and causeway, these two resources are an excellent place to start.
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By db on November 22, 2011
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This CD is very special to me and my family as my father was a member of the 507PIR which is depicted in this film. We were able to meed the film maker severaly years ago at a reunion to which we accompanied my father.
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I have been very interested in the events that lead up to WWII, and the history of the battles fought. This video was one that I did not know about, but one which should be a part of anyone's WWII library. The individual stories and revisiting the sites of some of these battles put a human spin on the tragedy of war from the view of the soldiers and the townspeople who suffered through these battles. It's good to know that there remains an appreciation on the part of these French citizens for what the cost was in terms of human sacrifice. The personal stories and memories captured in this video are priceless!
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This is an excellent documentary of the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment's experiences on and around D-Day. The film contains moving interviews with veterans, whose stories are laced together and elaborated on by historian Martin K.A. Morgan (who also wrote a book on the subject). The documentary deals specifically with the 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, but speaks to a much larger audience. I recommend it to anyone with a general interest in World War II and D-Day, as well those who desire a better understanding of the experiences of veterans.
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