From The Front To The Films: A World War II Podcast
A Unique Podcast Focused on Interviews with World War II Veterans, Authors, Actors, Filmmakers and Those Who Are Telling and Sharing the Stories of World War II in Print, Television and in the Movies, both Past and in the Present.
info_outline The Last Doolittle Raider Dick Cole Talks About His Life and the April 18, 1942 Japan Raid 07/18/2019
The Last Doolittle Raider Dick Cole Talks About His Life and the April 18, 1942 Japan Raid Richard "Dick" Cole recently passed away. Dick was the last of World War II's famous Doolittle Raiders, the 80 flyers, aboard 16 B-25s, that left the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942, to drop bombs over Japan. The mission was payback for Pearl Harbor and a huge morale boost to an American public that had known nothing but defeat and loss prior to the Doolittle mission. It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our good friend, but also an honor to have known him. Thanks Lee Kirgan for providing this particular interview with Lt. Col. Cole.
info_outline Famous George C. Scott Opening Speech from the movie "Patton" 07/15/2019
Famous George C. Scott Opening Speech from the movie "Patton" Famous George C. Scott Opening Speech from the movie "Patton" (1972). Patton won seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. Scott won Best Actor for his portrayal of General Patton but declined to accept the award due to his lingering issues with the Oscar "process" in previous years.
info_outline Tim Gray interviews Auschwitz and Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter regarding his incredible story 07/15/2019
Tim Gray interviews Auschwitz and Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter regarding his incredible story Tim Gray interviews Auschwitz and Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter regarding his incredible story during some of the darkest days on World War II. An absolutely amazing story of resilience and courage.
info_outline President Ronald Reagan Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day 6/6/84 07/15/2019
President Ronald Reagan Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day 6/6/84 President Ronald Reagan's Normandy Speech: Ceremony Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Normandy Invasion, D-Day 6/6/84
info_outline Bill Belichick Talks about the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor 07/14/2019
Bill Belichick Talks about the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor The NFL's only 6-time Super Bowl winning head coach, The New England Patriots Bill Belichick, who grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, the home of the United States Naval Academy and whose own father served in World War II, gives his thoughts on the legacy of Pearl Harbor.
info_outline D-Day Veterans Visit with Students in Normandy, France 07/14/2019
D-Day Veterans Visit with Students in Normandy, France Follow 5 D-Day Veterans as they visit with Students in Normandy, France. The veterans are welcomed to local schools, near the locations in which they landed on June 6, 1944, and talk about their experiences. Narrated by Peter Kessler.
info_outline Voices of World War II, from the Veterans to the Historians 07/14/2019
Voices of World War II, from the Veterans to the Historians Via trailers from our 22 documentary films, listen to those who served, survived and continue to analyze the time-period 1939-1945. A great collection of those who were there and those who continue to preserve the legacy of the WWII generation today.
info_outline Camp Toccoa's History and Future 07/14/2019
Camp Toccoa's History and Future Camp Toccoa, Georgia is the place where World War II's famous Band of Brothers first trained together. Amongst the Georgia pines, the 101st Airborne started on their journey of becoming paratroopers in World War II. Toccia is trying to preserve its legacy by making sure the past and the future remain so that future generations appreciate the sacrifices of the "Toccoa Men."
info_outline Remember Pearl Harbor Narrated by Tom Selleck 07/13/2019
Remember Pearl Harbor Narrated by Tom Selleck The focus of this film is on the military and civilian survivors of Pearl Harbor, all of whom had totally different experiences on December 7, 1941. Woven into their stories is the perspective of Daniel Martinez, Chief Historian of the Valor in the Pacific Monument at Pearl Harbor and author of the acclaimed book December 1941, Craig Shirley. This is not a film about the strategy of the attack and why it happened or assigning blame 75 years later, but rather the personal stories of those who were there and witnessed history being made. It is an impartial documentary chronicling December 7, 1941, in the words of those who actually were there and took part.
info_outline Band of Brothers Actors, Veterans and Holocaust Survivor Q&A Panel in Boston, Massachusetts 07/12/2019
Band of Brothers Actors, Veterans and Holocaust Survivor Q&A Panel in Boston, Massachusetts
info_outline Tim Gray Talks World War II and Pearl Harbor at the Surface Navy Association Convention 07/12/2019
Tim Gray Talks World War II and Pearl Harbor at the Surface Navy Association Convention Tim Gray Talks World War II and Pearl Harbor at the Annual Surface Navy Association Convention in Washington, DC.
info_outline Dolittle's Raiders: A Final Toast 07/12/2019
Dolittle's Raiders: A Final Toast The bottle of 1896 Hennessy Cognac was uncorked in front of hundreds of people. The surviving World War II veterans from one of history’s greatest military missions were about to raise their silver goblets one last time ending a decade's long tradition. It was time for the veterans to hold this final toast. They could wait no longer. Their numbers had dwindled to just a few. Many of the names of the 80 flyers who took part in the April 18, 1942 raid on Japan may not be familiar to most, but collectively they will always be known in history as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Long ago these American flyers, aboard 16 B-25 bombers, had accomplished a daring mission that changed the morale of an entire nation. The aviators, led by famed commander Lt. Col. James Harold Doolittle, had taken the fight directly to the enemy for the first time in World War II and delivered payback for Japan’s sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
info_outline 4-4-43: Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess and The Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific Narrated by Dale Dye 07/12/2019
4-4-43: Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess and The Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific Narrated by Dale Dye Lt. Col. William Edwin Dyess and The Greatest Story of the War in the Pacific Narrated by Dale Dye (Saving Private Ryan, Platoon, Band of Brothers) April 4, 1943, ten American prisoners of war and two Filipino convicts executed a daring escape from one of Japan’s most notorious prison camps. The prisoners were survivors of the infamous Bataan Death March and the Fall of Corregidor, and the prison from which they escaped was surrounded by an impenetrable swamp and reputedly escape-proof. Theirs was the only successful group escape from a Japanese POW camp during the Pacific war. Escape from Davao is the story of one of the most remarkable incidents in the Second World War and of what happened when the Americans returned home to tell the world what they had witnessed.
info_outline The American Saint Nick 07/12/2019
The American Saint Nick It was 1944 in the small Luxembourg town of Wiltz. The war had taken a heavy toll as Wiltz had been a center of resistance and suffered brutal reprisals. People were shot in the town square and men were forced into the German army or sent to concentration camps. The German occupation lasted four years before the Germans pulled out in September 1944. After the town’s liberation, Allied soldiers rotated through Wiltz for R&R (rest and recuperation). The 112th Regiment, part of the 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania National Guard (known as the Keystone Division), had been sent to relieve troops battling to retake Huertgen Forest. After sustaining heavy casualties they were sent to regroup and rest in Wiltz. The people there had very little and had not been able to celebrate Christmas or anything else during the years of occupation. A few days before Thanksgiving Corporal Harry Stutz told his buddy, Corporal Richard Brookins, “I think we should give this town a Christmas party, A St. Nicholas Day. For hundreds of years here in Wiltz, they had a celebration on the fifth of December, the eve of St. Nicholas Day. A man dressed as St. Nick paraded through the town and gave candy to the kids. Kids here haven’t celebrated St. Nicholas Day for nearly five years because of the war. Some of them have never seen St. Nick at all.
info_outline D-Day: Over Normandy Narrated by Bill Belichick 07/12/2019
D-Day: Over Normandy Narrated by Bill Belichick The NFL's only 6-time Super Bowl-winning head coach, the New England Patriots Bill Belichick, narrates this film focused on some of the heroic stories from June 6, 1944, and D-Day.
info_outline War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause Narrated by Kyle Chandler and Chandler Massey 07/12/2019
War Journal: The Incredible World War II Escape of Major Damon "Rocky" Gause Narrated by Kyle Chandler and Chandler Massey War Journal tells the story of one of the most incredible escapes in World War II,“ said the film’s producer, writer and director Tim Gray. Gray is also Chairman of the non-profit World War II Foundation and President of Tim Gray Media. “Two Americans, both escapees of Bataan, Damon Gause from Corregidor as well who, in 1942, in a leaky 20-foot fishing boat, escaped and sailed from the Philippines to Australia and freedom,” Gray said. It took Gause and fellow American William Lloyd Osborne 52 days and 3,200 miles to reach freedom. During the trip, the Americans faced typhoons, constant threats from Japanese ships, submarines and airplanes, lack of water and food and even a visit to a leper colony. When the two Americans arrived at General Douglas MacArthur’s office in Brisbane, Australia the only thing the General could say was “Well, I’ll be damned.”
info_outline Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944 Narrated by Jason Beghe 07/12/2019
Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944 Narrated by Jason Beghe Survivors of Malmedy: December 1944 tells the story of the World War II massacre of 84 American soldiers in the Malmedy, Belgium area on December 17, 1944, during the opening days of the famous “Battle of the Bulge.” On December 17, 1944, after a short battle, 150 American GI’s were taken prisoner just outside the Belgian town of Malmedy and herded into a field by an infamous German SS division led by one of the Nazi’s most brutal commanders. The unarmed American POWs were gunned down. It was the largest single massacre of American troops in WWII. Those still alive after the initial shooting in the brutal cold were killed by SS soldiers ordered into the field to execute any Americans still breathing. Some American soldiers played dead. Some ran. Some escaped to nearby houses. In the end, more than 50 Americans did escape the infamous Malmedy Massacre. Today just a handful remain.
info_outline Uncle Jack: Manhattan Project and Beyond Narrated by Tim Gray 07/12/2019
Uncle Jack: Manhattan Project and Beyond Narrated by Tim Gray For me the Manhattan Project was personal: One of those assigned to the project was my uncle John Edmund Gray, a University of Rhode Island graduate with a brilliant mind. John Gray grew up in the industrial city of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. He had a strong interest in the field of engineering from a young age and not only was recruited to work on the Manhattan Project during World War II, but would later in life serve as an advisor to several presidents of the United States on the topic of Atomic energy. John, known to close family as Jack, was one of four children born in Rhode Island in 1922. After high school, he worked for one year at the Woonsocket Rayon Company, a local firm in the Rhode Island city where he grew up. In 1943 he earned a B. S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Rhode Island, where he worked several campus jobs to help pay expenses. After college John became a participant in the Manhattan Project. Hundreds of men were assigned by the government of the United States to lend their minds to producing the first Atomic bombs, but the majority had no idea at the time what their skills were being utilized for since the project was beyond the level of “top secret”. The eventual goal of the Manhattan Project was to find a way to end World War II, a conflict in which an estimated 50-70 million people were killed during the years 1939-1945.
info_outline Eagles of Mercy 07/12/2019
Eagles of Mercy American Medics Ken Moore and Robert Wright jumped into Normandy, France in the early morning hours of D-Day. In the small village of Angoville they set up an aid station in a centuries-old church. What happens after that is a story of compassion and humanity in a time of utter horror.
info_outline D-Day: The Price of Freedom Narrated by Peter Kessler 07/12/2019
D-Day: The Price of Freedom Narrated by Peter Kessler Join 5 American D-Day veterans as they return to the areas of Normandy where their fight began on June 6, 1944.
info_outline Aboard an LCT on D-Day 07/12/2019
Aboard an LCT on D-Day Bob Siener had a front row seat on D-Day. Aboard an LCT (Landing Craft, Tank) Siener describes what he saw as thousands of ships of all makes and sizes left ports in southern England bound for the Normandy coast 90 miles away. It was June 6, 1944.
info_outline Don McCarthy and the 29th Infantry Division on Omaha Beach on D-Day 07/12/2019
Don McCarthy and the 29th Infantry Division on Omaha Beach on D-Day Don McCarthy landed on D-Day as part of the 29th Infantry Division’s assault on the western end of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944. Don witnessed the carnage of June 6, 1944. This is a small interview segment with him as narrated by Hollywood icon Dan Aykroyd. This section about D-Day initially appeared in our 3rd film titled “World War II: Saving the Reality.”
info_outline Frank Amalfetano was there on D-Day. He reflects, 07/12/2019
Frank Amalfetano was there on D-Day. He reflects, Frank Amalfetano was there on D-Day. He reflects, as an American, who was being utilized on a British landing craft as it made its way towards Gold Beach on June 6, 1944. Frank saw things that would haunt his memory for decades.
info_outline Dan Aykrord Narrates Short Story on Holocaust Survivor Israel Arbeiter 07/12/2019
Dan Aykrord Narrates Short Story on Holocaust Survivor Israel Arbeiter Israel Arbeiter was born in the city of Plock, Poland. The World War II Foundation took “Izzy” back to Poland and Germany a few years ago for a film titled “A Promise to My Father’. This is part of an interview with Arbeiter talking about his younger days in Poland and his journey through the Holocaust, where his mother, father and younger brother were gassed and cremated at Treblinka Death Camp. Izzy himself spent 6 months at Auschwitz Concentration Camp II (Auschwitz-Birkenau).
info_outline Pearl Harbor Survivor Vernon Carter Talks about December 7, 1941 07/12/2019
Pearl Harbor Survivor Vernon Carter Talks about December 7, 1941 Pearl Harbor Survivor and eyewitness Vernon Carter Talks about December 7, 1941 and the Japanese sneak attack on the Hawaiian Islands that launched the United States into World War II.