The Veterans In The Story
According to the Veterans Administration (2015), about 465 veterans who served during World War II die each day. “There’s no time to lose,” said Gordon H. “Nick” Mueller President and CEO of National WWII Museum. “We want to be able to finish and dedicate our expansion while we still have members of the Greatest Generation to thank for their sacrifice and service to the nation and to show the world what they mean to the principle of freedom.”
Beginning in 2006, the following U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Army Air Corps, Army Nurse Corps, and Afrika Korps veterans, (fifty or more), were interviewed for the story. The journeys covered distances from California to New England and as far south as Florida. In October of 2010 I was fortunate to reach several German veterans in Dresden who served in the Afrika Korps. Of particular interest was Rudolph Schneider, (one of General Rommel's drivers). Other interesting stories were provided by an Army Nurse Corps veteran, Elsie Perch who served in North Africa and a French female Liaison Officer, Simone Faflick. She kept an extensive diary regarding the invasion of North Africa and the assassination of Admiral Darlan. There's additional interviews with Coast Guard, Army, and Army Ordinance Historians, as well as Wolfgang Buschan, Historian for the Afrika Korps. Before editing, the original interviews run about two to five hours. Although the families receive the edited interview, only pertinent sections will be implemented in the project.
The interviews were arranged after careful research, trust, and written permission. With no film crew nor major funding, most of this was accomplished 'solo'. With a Jeep load of equipment, the freedom of the open road, and occasional plane trips, I took to the task. The families opened their homes and I'll never forget their friendship, trust, and generosity. I'll always be grateful for finding them. Although brief written highlights of the interviews are provided here, be sure to play some of the video excerpts from the 'Previews' page. Racing against time (as of 2016), we bid farewell to this 'Greatest Generation' who sacrificed dearly but had so much to share.
This independent documentary is not intended to be a comprehensive account of the war in North Africa 1942-43. The completed film will feature rare interviews from veterans connected to the story. The search to locate veterans within this time frame was very difficult. With no funding and a small film crew who sporadically assisted with re-creations, the bulk of production falls upon one individual. Contributions of any kind are welcomed. firstname.lastname@example.org
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