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WATCH: Rare Footage of the Normandy Invasion and Horrors from the HolocaustExactly 70 years after the Allied invasion of Normandy began; an American film maker published rare documentation taken by his father during the war. The footage shows the invasion of Normandy, the liberation of France, and the horrors of the Dachau Concentration Camp.
When the HMS Belfast Ship fired the opening shots on the way to the largest landing of Allied Forces in Normandy, France, known as D-Day, on board was one unexpected passenger. Hollywood filmmaker George Stevens charged with his troops on the Normandy coast and participated in the liberation of Europe. He also recorded these moments on video.
Towards the end of the video, one sees piles of bodies US forces found in the Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany. But most of the film documents the invasion of Normandy and the victory celebrations in France. Women are seen throwing flowers at the American forces and singing the French national anthem.
General and later President Dwight D. Eisenhower urged him to the head of the invasion in order to keep a war diary. Films were developed in the US when he returned home, but Stevens kept this one for himself for decades and no one did anything with it. Only when his son, George Stevens Jr., who is a filmmaker himself, decided to make a film about his father, did he find the rare films and publish them, exactly 70 years after the invasion.
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