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01
Jun
09

65th anniversary of D-Day celebrate on film

On location on Omaha Beach Tour Film Host Ellwood von Seibold and The A,mericans on D-Day Director Richard D. Lanni talk logistics of filming the next scene.  

On location on Omaha Beach Tour Film Host Ellwood von Seibold and The A,mericans on D-Day Director Richard D. Lanni talk logistics of filming the next scene.

65TH  ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY
CELEBRATED ON
FILM 

  “The Americans on D-Day” is a compact and concise examination of the United States’ part in the June 6, 1945, Allied invasion of Normandy. 

 Considering the enormity of the actual D-Day undertaking it might sound hopeless to present a comprehensive account in a film with a running time of 44 minutes, but producer-director Richard Lanni has come up with a well organized documentary that provides a clear outline of the events of D-Day, punctuated along the way with somewhat more detailed accounts of specific moments in the battle that turned the tide of World War II in Europe. The American Legion has posted a link to sale DVD The Americans On D-Day visit: http://www.hollywoodpost43.org/v2.0/main.asp?p=links

  The film benefits immensely from the presence of Ellwood von Seibold as

host-narrator-tour guide. Donning authentic military uniform and

accessories – down to the “pineapple” style hand grenade hanging from his

utility webbing – von Seibold shares a wealth of knowledge on the subject,

presenting it with an elegance that provides an effective counterpoint to
the brutality that is, after all, at the center of the D-Day story. 

  “The Americans on D-Day” strikes a tone appropriate to the nature of D-Day, offering a matter-of-fact account that acknowledges the powerful emotional component of its subject matter while stopping short of romanticizing or idealizing an event that was as bloody and brutal as it was essential to the Allies’ success in Europe.

 

  The production deftly blends archival footage and stills with contemporary footage. Early on, we see black-and-white images ofU.S. forces, including Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower – as we hear audio of Ike’s sendoff to the D-Day forces.

 

  “You are about to embark upon a great crusade,” he tells them. “The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. You will bring about the destruction of the German war machine.

 

  “We will accept nothing less than full victory”

 

  The film then goes on to function as a battlefield tour, offering close-ups of German fortifications along the beaches of Normandy, arms – including the MG-42, a heavy machine gun that could fired upwards of 1,200 rounds per minute – and bridges and structures that played key roles in the Allie invasion.

 

  Interviews with both U.S. and German veterans of the operation provide further personal insight into the significance of D-Day and its human toll.

 

  Many of the images presented in “The Americans on D-Day” will be familiar to those who have seen the feature film “Saving Private Ryan,” the TV miniseries “Band of Brothers,” or any number of other filmed projects that touch on D-Day.

 

  The DVD package has extras including the film’s trailer, a making-of feature, a segment on weapons training, another on uniforms and a collection of stills. 

 

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26
May
09

American Legion Hollywood Post #43 Endorses Battle Tour Film The Americans On D-Day

65th Annivesary of D-Day.  Here’s a
great Father’s Day Gift.

The American Legion has posted a link to sale DVD The Americans On D-Day visit: http://www.hollywoodpost43.org/v2.0/main.asp?p=links
The American Legion has posted a link to sale DVD The Americans On D-Day

The American Legion Post 43, Hollywood, CA, board of directors voted to endorse and post a link on its home page for the film: The Americans On D-Day.

The link on the American Legion homepage (Links) is located at:
http://www.hollywoodpost43.org/v2.0/main.asp?p=links
The For every DVD sold on this site, $5 will be donated to paralyzed veterans of California.

The film premiered last month at the Post 43 auditorium, where stars of the film, including Ellwood von Seibold autographed posters and spoke with Film Director Richard D. Lanni, WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland.

The film also premiered in Normand in the French Version. Howard Manoian, of the 82nd Airborne, who’s interviews in the battle tour film, will be honored by the French Government, June 6, 2009 with a medal of Valor. This year marks the 65th Anniversary of D-Day.
 

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10
Apr
09

WWL-TV, New Orleans To Feature Film Director Richard Lanni of The Americans On D-Day To Released in April

Ellwood von Seibold host of battletour film wears the uniforms and carries the weapons during his tour of D-Day. Image by Mike Forster.

Ellwood von Seibold host of battletour film wears the uniforms and carries the weapons during his tour of D-Day. Image by Mike Forster.

Lanni will be New Orleans April 10-12th and L.A. April 16 – 28.  
 WW2-Reflections, Dublin, Ireland plans to show the battle tour film to American Legion Post #43 in Hollywood

Producer/Director Richard Lanni, of The Americans on D-Day will be a featured guest live 7:30 a.m., on WWL-TV, Eyewitness News, Friday, April 10, 2009, New Orleans. The morning news show airs 6:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Lanni is meeting with military dignitaries, museum officials and veterans of World War II.  Lanni is researching Louisiana, for future interviews with veterans from WWII and plans to interview historians, museum officials in a series of films on Normandy.

“It’s been 65 years since the end of World War II and remnants of Louisiana’s Prisoner of War Camp remain amongst the 175 Branch Camps that was serving 511 Area Camps containing more than 425,000 prisoners of war,” said Producer Director Richard Lanni, WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland, who arrives in New Orleans this week. “We have film interviews with surviving veterans of Normandy that will be showcased in Hollywood later this month to relive those days. I am here to meet more veterans and visit museums so our films will be accurate.”

Lanni has just completed his first of a series of battle tour films entitled, http://www.theamericansondday.com/, which will premiere Monday, April 27th, 7:00 p.m. (PDT), (Cocktails 6:00 – 7:00 pm), at the American Legion Post #43, 2035 N Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA., 90068. The film is available for any American Legion Post or veteran organizations upon request will be shown for free. Veterans need to RSVP with the American Legion. 

Ellwood von Seibold runs through freezing waters to relive those days of days in Normandy. Photo by Mike Forster.

Ellwood von Seibold runs through freezing waters to relive those days of days in Normandy. Photo by Mike Forster.

“2,000 D-Day Soldiers are dying at an alarming rate each month,” Producer Richard Lanni told WOR AM News Talk Radio Host Joey Reynolds, New York, Lanni, WOR’s Historian Albert Wunsch, and Producer Myra Chanin discussed the making of the film, which is a first of a series on this 65th Anniversary year of D-Day in Normandy.

 WW2-Reflections’ first tour film for its parent company, Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW II battlefield tour DVDS for the U.S. Market.  The film goes on sale later this month at the official website: http://www.TheAmericansOnDDay.com. 

“We are thrilled to have the chance to recognize American Heroes of D-Day this year, on the 65th Anniversary of Normandy, and what better place to do it than at the historical American Legion Post 43 building,” said  Lanni, WW2-Reflections. 

“I grew up in the early 1950’s, and I have always been fascinated by the second World War,” said Ellwood von Seibold, battlefield guide of Americans on D-Day, the first battlefield tour film of WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. For the full story and trailer visit: http://tinyurl.com/cee8zn 

03
Apr
09

“2,000 D-Day Soldiers are dying at an alarming rate each month,” Producer Richard Lanni Told WOR AM News Talk Radio, New York

 

Producer/Director Richard Lanni talks to battle tour film host Ellwood von Seibold dress in a US Soldier uniform they worn on D-Day. )image by Mike Forster)

Producer/Director Richard Lanni talks to battle tour film host Ellwood von Seibold dress in a US Soldier uniform they worn on D-Day. )image by Mike Forster)

WOR AM NEWSTALK RADIO WITH JOEY REYNOLDS SHOW, Film Director Richard Lanni, WOR’s Historian Albert Wunsch and Producer Myra Chanin Talk Talk About D-Day.(click here to hear)  

Scene (right) from the new Film “The Americans on D-Day” (photo by Mike Forster). Producer Director Richard Lanni, WW2 Reflections told WOR AM he made the new film “Americans on D-Day” because, “I was concerned that the youth of today would forget what American Soldiers did in Normandy, and I wanted to produced something simple, something they can remember,” he said. Lanni is in New York on a media tour to help make American and especially, veterans of all wars to see or buy the film coming out on DVD later this month. Lanni plans to show the film free to all veterans at the Hollywood American Legion Post #43 on April 27th, Hollwood. Veterans must RSVP and

Media must RSVP with MAYO Communications, Los Angeles, 811-340-5300 or PR@MayoCommunications.com.

A trailer of the film is posted at the bottom of this page. Below is a video of a surviving D-Day Soldier. The WOR AM interview with Richard Lanni on the Joey Reynolds show is also posted below. Veteran Howard Manioan Trailer Interview on D-Day Find more videos like this on Entertainment Publicity Marketing Public Relations Advertising James R. Lockhart, 29th Division:

17
Mar
09

World War Two Tail Gunner Recalls Bombing Mission On D-Day

 

B-24 most produced during World War II

B-24 most mass produced during World War II

WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth
Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland
plans to show the battle tour film to American
Legion Post #43 in Hollywood on April 27th. 

Northridge, CA - When we flew over the English Channel, there were a million ships in the water, and I have yet to meet any of those guys who were on those ships,”  said 85-year old retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Morton (Mort) Schecter, Northridge, CA, who flew as a United States Army Air Forces tail gunner in a B-24 Liberator warplane, the most produced U.S. military aircraft during World War II. He was assigned to the 467th Bomb Crew and 791st Bomb Squadron in England. “I’m lucky to still be here,” he said.
Schecter, who flew 35 missions out of England, is amongst the American Veteran heroes, who flew on D-Day June 6, 1941. Schecter and his son plan to attend the premiere showing of the new battle tour film The Americans on D-Day, Monday, 7:00 p.m. (Cocktails 6:00 - 7:00 pm), Cabaret Room, American Legion Post #43, 2035 N Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA., 90068.
 “We were never shot down, but we did crash-land with six 1,000 pound bombs on board. We flew the first mission on D-Day and bombed at 3:30 in the morning, and it was the easiest mission, because we never saw any fighters or opposition. Then on June 8th, two days later, we went to Germany, we couldn’t drop our bombs due to a malfunction. When we aborted the mission, we returned, but the plane landed on its belly in the field after the landing gear struts broke. We landed with the bombs onboard, which did not go off. So I’m still here, he said.”
Schecter said he had an angel on his shoulder that day, and still has his list of the missions he flew. “Actor Jimmy Stewart was in our division, and he flew 28 missions. He entered the service as a buck private and when he died he was a General,” he said.
This is WW2-Reflections’ first tour film for its parent company, Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW II battlefield tour DVDS for the U.S. Market.
“We are thrilled to have the chance to recognize American Heroes of D-Day this year, on the 65th Anniversary of Normandy, and what better place to do it than at the historical American Legion Post 43 building," said Producer and Director Richard Lanni, WW2-Reflections, Dublin, Ireland. 
"The Americans on D-Day" -- which will be on sale Online in April -- makes extensive use of smart graphics and veterans' recollections, as well as invaluable assistance from Dale Dye, a retired U.S. Marine captain who founded Warriors Inc., which specializes in training actors for war-themed film and television productions.
"'The Americans on D-Day" provides an exciting insight into one of the most pivotal events of the 20th century," Dye said. "I'm really proud to have a hand in this effort to provide a foxhole-level view of what happened in Normandy on June 6, 1944.
"I've seen a lot of tour videos that purport to give viewers an insight into what gallant Americans endured and accomplished on D-Day, but this one really hits the mark," Dye said.
Ellwood von Seibold, battlefield guide of "The Americans on D-Day," donning American and sometimes German uniforms, hops into an early model Army Jeep much like Gen. George Patton rode in, to show viewers what soldiers endured in one of America's bloodiest battles.
"If you can't afford a trip to tour the battlefields of Normandy, just get a copy of 'The Americans on D-Day' and you'll get a stirring look at events that changed the course of World War II in Europe," said Dye, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran who lives in Los Angeles and has worked with Tom Hanks and other celebrities on award-winning productions including "Band of Brothers" and "Saving Private Ryan."
The production crew shot its first interview in 2007 with Howard Manoian, a veteran of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne who landed in Normandy on D-Day and returned many years later to live in the country that he helped liberate.
 
"With the addition of archive footage and stills we have turned this interview into a short biographical documentary under the title of 'A Soldier's Journey,' which we also hope to launch for the 65th anniversary," Lanni said.
  

Howard Monian will be honored by the French Govenment this summer.
manoian was recently named a recipient of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French government. He will be presented with the award in June at St. Mere Eglise, where U.S. paratroopers suffered heavy losses during the Normandy invasion.

Howard Monian 


Veterans who would like to RSVP to the event on April 27, 2009 need to call 323-851-3030 and leave your name, your city and phone number. Media must RSVP with MAYO 818-340-5300.
[Editor's note: EPK DVD with extras like uniforms and weapons used are available upon request. For more information contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade, call 818-340-5300, or email: Publicity@mayocommunications.com or visit: www.mayocommunications.com. 
(Press Clips are available at: 
http://www.ww2-reflections.com/the-americans-on-d-day-press.html)  
(EPK at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJIjD-MaRJw&feature=channel_page) 
14
Mar
09

Rick Steves & Captain Dale Dyle Endorses The Americans on D-Day Film Released in April

 

Rick Steves gives two thumbs up to Americans On D-Day

Rick Steves gives two thumbs up to Americans On D-Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click for a synopsis of events at the Memorial Pegasus Museum, Ranville, Normandy for 5-6 June 2009

 

Rick Steves tours Supports The Americans on D-Day

I am pleased to recommend this film (The Americans on D-Day) <http://americansondday.blogspot.com/> to anyone interested in learning more about the pivotal role that American forces played in the liberation of Normandy. I have great respect for the presenter’s knowledge and have been fortunate to have witnessed his explanations of the events surrounding the D-Day Landings, and have been moved by his passion for the subject. I trust Ellwood von Seibold to guide our group tours to the D-Day beaches and I highly recommend his tours to individual travelers in our guide books.

 Catptain Dale Dye : comments on “The Americans On D-Day” WW2-Reflections are delighted to announce that celebrated actor and military advisor, Day. Captain Dale Dye gives the thumbs up to the ‘The Americans on D-Day“I’ve seen a lot of tour videos that purport to give viewers an insight into what gallant Americans endured and accomplished on D-Day, but this one really hits the mark. The Americans On D-Day provides a stirring, GI-level look at one of the most momentous battles of World War II.”

WW2reflections. appoint Mayo for PR: Mayo of Los Angeles California have been appointed to handle publicity for The Americans on D-Day,which will go on sale in April 2009. www.mayocommunications.com/

Captain Dale Dye of Warriors inc supports The Americans on D-Day: www.warriorsinc.com

 Veteran 82nd Airborne Paratrooper awarded with highest French Honour

Veteran Normandy paratrooper Howard Manoian ,who fought at the famous battle of The La Fiere Bridge, has been awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur. Howard, who was wounded three times during the Normandy campaign will be presented with his award during the 2009 D-Day celebrations in Ste Mere Eglise.

Howard and his son Chris who was also a member of the 505 P.I.R WW2-Reflections will be there to record the event on film.

 

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