No Bridge Too Far - Part One
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(Jul 08, 2010)
While thousands of books and film have been dedicated to the history of WWII, lessor attention has been given to the comprehensive and heroic role played by U.S. Army Engineers. It is in this light we hope to rectify this unfortunate oversight.
The 36th, 39th, 540th & 1108th Engineers were non-divisional, and employed on an as needed basis. Referred to as "bastard" regiments, they were often attached to or in support of other Army units, while part of II & VI Corps and 5th & 7th Army in the European Theatre of Operation.
Part One (two-disk set) of the three-part series begins with the state-side training in 1941, and follows the engineers as they embark across the Atlantic for their first beachhead landing, and initial baptism of fire on November 8, 1942. Walk alongside as we trace their footsteps throughout the North African Campaign, and their preparation for the Invasion of Sicily in July of 1943.
In loving memory of my father,
Walter "Monday" Poniedzialek
540th Combat Engineer
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As a daughter of a 540th Combat Engineer veteran, I was thrilled to see the heroic deeds of this regiment finally recognized. Now I have a wonderful documentary for my family and me to honor the heroism of my dad and all the Combat Engineers.
I was so glad that some of the surviving veterans were interviewed. These interviews, along with archival footage, photos and documents, truly capture the important job these Combat Engineers did and reflect the can-do attitude that permeated their regiment. This film stands as a testimony to their courage and strength.
Marion, I truly appreciate your diligence and effort in creating this documentary.
I anxiously await the release of Parts Two and Three.
thank you for the dvd that your friend composed and produced in honor of her father ....I viewed it the same it arrived...I found it interesting because I was aware of the subject ...the engineers did a sacrificial job throughout the war...in fact one of my friends was in this section of service but based in the Pacific...as a matter of interest my father volunteered for this service but was denied because he was involved in the production of the engines produced for the PT boats and could not be released from this job...please give my compliments to your friend for a fine job...she should continue in this line of activity ...
I look forward to Part 2.
I'm grateful for the work done to put this together and am looking forward to Parts 2 and 3 of the series. If you have an interest in the role of Combat Engineers in World War II and especially if you know someone who was one, you should buy this.
It covers a segment of operation that was so critical to our success in WW2 - Army Engineers.
I did not want the video to end and am anxious for the next in the series!
It was not only the contents of the DVD but its production, the music, the photos, and everything that make this a must have for anyone that has an interest in WW2.