Archive for the 'World War II' Category

05
Jun
09

The Americans On D-Day Video Review by American Legion

The American Legion endorses new film on Normandy, $5 for each DVD sold goes toward disabled Vets through post 43 in Hollywood.

The American Legion endorses new
film on Normandy, $5 for each
DVD sold goes toward disabled Vets
through post 43 in Hollywood.

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05
May
09

The Stars of the World’s Largest Production Are Spotlighted


Director Richard D. Lanni Kicks off
the 65th Anniversary USA Tour in
 Hollywood and New York with American
 Legion Post 43 in Hollywood and an
encore on WOR Radio in New York

The Americans on D-Day Premiere in Hollywood, CA

The Americans on D-Day Premiere in Hollywood, CA-The Americans on DDay premiere feature three generations of famlies and veterans celebrating the new film now on sale Online. (l-R) Morton Schecter, son Glen, Producer Richard Lanni, Terry Duddy, The American Legion Post 43 and 9 year old Grandson Ben Schecter.

New York, NY / Los Angeles, CA —  Hollywood’s American Legion Post 43 rolled out the red carpet this week for the stars of the world’s largest production – a film on the invasion of Normandy, “The Americans On D-Day.” Just under  100 people, mostly veterans, gathered at the 80-year old building in Hollywood to see the debut of a first of its kind film, now available on DVD Online (see details below).
 
Film Director Richard D. Lanni, who returns to New York today (Wednesday) to appear on the Joey Reynolds Show, WOR AM, New York, (10:00 PM EST) told the Hollywood American Legion audience, “I am honored to be here in America to salute U.S. soldiers on this 65th anniversary and to show our film that captures an accurate and powerful illustration of D-Day.”
 
“It’s great to see friends and veterans of the world’s most intense and largest production,” said Morton (Mort) Schecter, Northridge, CA, who brought his son, and nine-year old grandson, who led the mostly veteran attended ceremony in the flag salute and pledge of allegiance.
 
“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 Schecter, Northridge, CA, who flew as a United States Army Air Corps 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, because and the second day we had to abort our mission, and ended up crash landing in a field with six 1,000 pound bombs onboard,” he said. Schecter said he had an angel on his shoulder that day, and still has his list of the missions he flew.

 Schecter, who flew 35 missions out of England, is amongst the American Veteran heroes attending the premiere. He was assigned to the same division as Actor Jimmy Stewart. “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. “He used to visit veterans hospitals and the American Legion often.”
 
Also attending from Europe and the UK were film star Ellwood von Seibold, who has spent the last five years giving tours in Normandy. "D-Day became a focus point of my interest in life, and I decided to live a dream and move to France and take people all around these areas," explained Seibold. "And the producer and director of WW2-Reflections said 'why don't we put one of your tours on film in Normandy'."  For the full Story visit: http://tinyurl.com/cutzth 
To order the DVD visit: www.TheAmericansOnDDay.com 
 


 

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:

31
Mar
09

Director Richard D. Lanni Comes to America to Show and Tell About The Americans on D-Day Film

 

Lanni will be In New York –On WOR AM Radio, Wed., April 1st, New Orleans April 9th and L.A. April 16 -28 LA. 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

Producer/Director Richard D. Lanni on the scene directing the new film The Americans on D-Day. Photo by Mike Forster.

Producer/Director Richard D. Lanni on the scene directing the new film The Americans on D-Day. Photo by Mike Forster.

 

Producer/Director Richard D. Lanni directs Tour Film Host Elwood von Seibold in the new film The Americans on D-Day, filmed on location in Normandy. Photo by Mike Forster.

Producer/Director Richard D. Lanni plans to arrived in Times Square, NY, Wednesday, April 1st, to appear on the Joey Reynolds Show on WOR’s network in New York at 10 p.m., EST. 

Lanni, who works for WW2 Reflections, Dublin, Ireland has just completed his first of a series of battle tour films entitled, The Americans on D-Day, which will premiere Monday, April 27th, 7:00 p.m., (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.

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  Lanni, WW2-Reflections. 

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., Los Angeles, 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.
For the full story: http://tinyurl.com/d6upaa

 

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02
Mar
09

65th Anniversary of D-Day Comes Alive in New Battle Tour Film of D-Day and Normandy

WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland is looking for a theater in Hollywood and elsewhere to premiere film free to all American Legions in USA

“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.

Battle Tour Guide Ellwood von Seibold races to the freezing beach waters to renact that chilly morning on D-Day in The Americans On D-Day. (photo by Mike Forster).
Battle Tour Guide Ellwood
von Seibold races to the
freezingbeach waters to
reenact that chilly morning
on D-Day in The Americans
On D-Day. (photo by Mike Forster).

Labyrinth specializes in WW2 battlefield tour DVDs for the U.S. market. “The Americans on D-Day” coincides with the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy invasion.

“D-Day became a focus point of my interest, and I decided to live a dream and move to France and take people all around these areas,” explained Seibold. “And the producer and director of WW2-Reflections said ‘why don’t we put one of your tours on film in Normandy‘.”

Seibold noted that WW2-Reflections had assembled a remarkable and accurate collection of soldier’s testimony, stories and witnesses who survived one of America‘s most bloody battles in war history. Seibold, donning American and sometimes German uniforms, hops into an early model Army Jeep much like General George Patton rode in shows you what brave soldiers endured.

The film uses smart graphics and extensive use of 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. Dye was in France researching an upcoming film project and worked with Siebold on historical accuracy. “We are thrilled that he has supported this tour film,” Producer Richard Lanni said.

“The Americans On D-Day provides an exciting insight into one of the most pivotal events of the 20th century,” said Captain Dye. “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. The Americans On D-Day provides a stirring, GI-level look at one of the most momentous battles of World War II,” explained Dye.

On the trailer for the tour film Dye said, “I am a big fan of Normandy Tour Guide and Historian Ellwood von Seibold, who takes you for a ride in his 1943 Dodge Command Jeep for the D-Day landings in the real time, you’ll see the uniforms they wore and the weapons they used.”

“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. Ellwood von Seibold knows his history and how to present it to people in an exciting, understandable fashion. The insights and revelations in this work are extremely valuable to everyone interested in military history.”

“We wanted to show a snapshot of that ‘Day of Days’ through the individual soldier’s eye,” Lanni said. “Ellwood, who is an incredible 62-year-old, who put on all the different uniforms, allowed himself to be suspended on a rope ladder over a cliff, ran out of the freezing water on Omaha Beach at 6.30 a.m., crawled through hedgerows and shinned up trees.”

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.

(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)  

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.

[Editor’s note: EPK’s are available to credentialed media, which includes the 45 minute film, a trailer, the making of the film, uniforms of the day and WW2 machine guns and other weapons used in Normandy. There are some gripping interviews with military officers who were charge on land and sea. There are also still images of the area and on the scene production photographed by Mike Forst. Please call for interviews or a press kit. Some of the EPK is posted Online, too.

For more about MAYO Communications contact Aida Mayo or George

Mc Quade call 818-340-5300, or email: Publicity (at) mayocommunications (dot) com or visit: http://www.mayocommunications.com. 

For more about MAYO Communications contact Aida Mayo or George

Mc Quade call 818-340-5300,  or email: Publicity@mayocommunications.com or visit: www.mayocommunications.com.     

02
Feb
09

ww2-reflections to launch film honoring americans on d-day

New Film on 65th Anniversary
of D-Day Coming

Image by Mike Forster
 
WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin Chooses MAYO Communications for PR

Americans on D-Day Trailer


MAYO Communications, a full service entertainment and public relations agency based in Los Angeles, has been retained to promote “The Americans on D-Day.” It Is the first battlefield tour film of WW2-Reflections, a division of Labyrinth Media & Publishing Ltd. of Dublin, Ireland. Labyrinth specializes in WW2 battlefield tour DVDs for the U.S. market. "The Americans on D-Day" coincides with the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Normandy invasion. The film's presenter, Ellwood von Seibold, tells the story with smart graphics and extensive use of 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. Dye was in France preparing for his forthcoming production, "No Better Place to Die." "We are thrilled that he has supported this tour film," Producer Richard Lanni said. "We wanted to show a snapshot of that 'Day of Days' through the individual soldier's eye," Lanni said. "Ellwood, who is an incredible 62-years-old, put on all the different uniforms, allowed himself to be suspended on a rope ladder over a cliff, ran out of the freezing water on Omaha Beach at 6.30 a.m., crawled through hedgerows and shinned up trees." The production shot its first interviews 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. Ellwood von Seibold talks about the battlefield tour film ,

The Docudrama or tour film, which is about 45 minutes in length should be available in April. We are looking forward to having  direct sales to the public using Amazon Filmbaby.com and our own company website, ww2-reflections.com. 
The big kickoff and launch of The Americans on D-Day in April, which be just in time ahead of the 65th anniversary celebrations.

(Clips available at: ww2-reflections.com) 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. For more about MAYO Communications contact Aida Mayo or George Mc Quade call 818-340-5300, or email: Publicity@mayocommunications.com or visit: www.mayocommunications.com.