Documentary - No Bridge Too Far
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Trouble with a lot of the online photo sites is they do not give you permission to use the photos for commercial purposes, so that puts me out of future runnning. Luckily I have a lot of photos to use, so it shouldn't be a problem for me.

 

Was going to download about 15 photos from IStock the other day, but read their restrictions, so didn't bother. Oh well, no big deal.

 

I received a 4 disk set from The Authentic Histry Center and all I can say is WOW!!! It's just great and their is so much material I can use for my production. Unbelievable.

 

I now have about 200 more songs from the era, plus radio/varietyt shows, etc. Fantastic. Then there's three other disks: (CD008:WWII)

 

America Attacked: December 7, 1941 (CD0410)

December 9, 1941 through June 5, 1944 (CD005-WWII)

D-Day-December 1944 (CD006-WWII)

 

Those disks have tons of material from audio speeches, interviews, documents and much more. Incredible, especially for the price!! :armata_PDT_37:

 

http://www.authentichistory.com/

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#22

Hi Marion,

I have pics of my father and his unit at....bridge school. They're little bitty pics. Also lots of great photos of Camp Tophat. Which I just found out last night had large portions built by my dad's unit the 1251st. I have a scanner and will endeavor to send them to you. Do you want them sized? Ther are little little pictures. I spoke to someone from my dads unit last night and will write a whole post on that when I have a little while to digest the whole thing.

Darlene

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#23

Wonderful news!

 

As far as the scans are concerned, try to scan them at a fairly high res, at least 350 or better. Don't worry about size. I can take care of that when I receive them. Thanks in advance.

 

It must have been so exciting to talk to your dad's buddy last night. That is very cool!

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#24

I'm just blowing off some steam here, so bear with me. I have to have a release from time to time and this is about the only place to do so. This morning I will either burst into tears or pull my hair out (the first seems more pleasurable doesn't it?) Trying to maintain my sense of humor... :rolleyes:

 

Yesterday had most of the day off and thought I would accomplish much but...forget that. I didn't feel good for one thing and should have left it at that, but no! Had problems with my backup drive and fooled with that on and off. My design program for my documentary has been crashing and I have not heard back from the software company for SIX days.

 

Today it gave me major problems and I sent a response back to theirs. Told them I realized that my email would be responded to in the order received, but SIX days! Told them that if I was just working on some family slide show I wouldn't be writing to them again, but I am working on something with a deadline and something that I would like to submit to public television. Well it ain't gonna happen this way... :armata_PDT_19:

 

Tried to do some voice-overs this morning and got interrupted twice. Aarrgh. Finally got it done and then the program crashed again. I thought, just walk away, go take your shower before you have to work on in the store. But, wait!!! I can't because someone is working on our hot water heater. Oh more sighing.

 

It's just one of those days. As usual I will be okay, but had to get this off my chest. Plus, waiting to hear from a few people with questions pertaining to the documentary, and haven't heard back from them in over three days. More and more sighing.

 

Don't think I will go ahead with the non-profit. That's another story. Might do it, but may just form my new company as a standard company. Just have a lot in my lap right now. It will all pass.

 

I think I will go cry and get it over with. It's therapeutic right? :banghead::unsure::(:blink:

 

Thanks for listening. :drinkin:

 

I did want to thank those who took part in the viewing of the documentary the other day. Sent a link to a handful of people to get their opinions on what I have to date. Several people wrote back and I am grateful to you for your views. Was disappointed that half the people never even responded though. Hmmm, guess that is just life...

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#25

Ohhh Marion. Computers can be the most frustrating things at times...I am sorry to hear that. Sometimes its best just to walk away for a while. One day, when you're being interviewed by PBS, this will be a great tale to tell to show how you suffered for your art.....

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#26

You just made me laugh out loud! Thanks! :clappin2: Well, I did something for myself after work at 5:00. Popped open a good red wine and sat down and had a couple of glasses by myself. Then I watched the latest (and not yet released) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (sorry, store owners DO have some advantages)! :clappin: It was great. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan. Have read all the books and seen all the movies several times. It was just what the doctor ordered.

 

I just have myself wound up way too tight this week. It's just several things coming to a head this time of year. I know I need to unwind, and so I did a bit of that this evening. Felt good.

 

Yes, I do hope I can laugh about this during my interview. See how positively I'm thinking? :drinkin:

 

Thank you dear friend. :heartpump:

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#27

Oh happy search engines!

 

Found a ton of film footage that I MUST have for my documentary! Let's hope Santa (aka family) gives out money this Christmas. :clappin:

 

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Assorted US Government

War Films Program 2

(Signal Corps)

 

1. PRIVATE SNAFU CARTOON: Private Snafu is shown widespread support of the folks back home. 2. AMERICAN AIRCRAFT BOMB JAPANESE AIRPLANE HANGARS ON THE MARSHALL ISLANDS: US naval anti-aircraft guns pound attacking Japanese planes. After quickly establishing a beachhead, American infantry units advance with an escort of Alligator tanks. Infantry flamethrowers take out Japanese pillboxes. The 13th Air Force knocks out Japanese 90mm coastal guns. Americans capture Japanese anti-aircraft guns. 3. FIREPOWER DEMONSTRATIONS OF THE FOLLOWING WEAPONS: Light carbine, Browning automatic 30-caliber machine guns (water- and air-cooled), 60mm and 81mm mortars, 105mm and 155mm howitzers, bazookas, 37mm and 57mm anti-tank guns, Sherman tanks, tank destroyers and a 240mm howitzer. 4. ENGINEERS AND SEABEES IN ACTION WITH HEAVY EQUIPMENT: Demonstration of a bulldozer. Maintenance units put down portable landing mats at Bougainville and the Aleutians. US engineers purify drinking water for civilians in Naples. USA, 1944, B&W, 45 minutes.

 

http://www.ihffilm.com/83.html

 

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Combat Bulletin Number 1

(Signal Corps)

 

1. Multi-National work crews build American trucks in Naples. 2. Wau, New Guinea: Army Air Force transport planes make landings on an uphill airfield. Air Force meteorologists gather data. Japanese planes bomb Wau Airfield March 11. USAF P-39 fighters provide cover for transport planes evacuating wounded between Wau and Moresby. 3. An American invasion task force stages an offensive against Rendova and Munda. US infantrymen battle Japanese snipers and establish beachheads. 4. Adapted P-51 fighters with bomb racks (A-36) on strafing and dive-bombing missions against Nazi positions over Sicily. 5. A captured Nazi newsreel shows Hitler conferring the Fritz Todt Engineering Award on Albert Speer, Heinrich Himmler reviewing the Hitler Youth Corps and German war workers being honored at the Berlin Sports Palace. USA, 1943, B&W, 37 minutes.

 

http://www.ihffilm.com/84.html

 

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Operation : Dragoon The Allied Invasion Of The South Of France

 

Second only to the Normandy invasion, this controversial allied invasion came within an eyelash of being scrubbed. Originally planned to coincide with the D-Day invasion, instead it got "bogged down" over military objectives. USA, 1996, B&W, 30 minutes.

 

 

http://ihffilm.com/r701.html

 

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WW2 The Music Videos: The Songs We Sang, The Stars We Loved DVD

 

Features the Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lamour, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Abbot & Costello, Carmen Miranda, Spike Jones, Frances Langford, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Betty Hutton, Judy Garland, Kate Smith, and many others who perform their wartime specialties in the music that won the war. The first video program also includes 8 nostalgic newsreels.

USA, 1997, B&W/Color, packaged set of 2 DVDs, 120

 

http://ihffilm.com/22928.html

 

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Combat Bulletin Number 11

(Yalta Conference is held at Livadia Palace)

 

1. Meeting of Allied Leaders: American and British military and political representatives meet at Malta. The Yalta Conference is held at Livadia Palace. FDR, Stalin and Churchill meet February 4th through 12th. 2. British Mosquito bombers attack German shipping off the Norwegian coast. 3. B-24 pilots design and demonstrate an improved high-altitude oxygen mask. 4. French civilians are safely evacuated from Saint Nazaire through a German-Allied truce. 5. American forces capture Saint Vith January 23rd. 6. US Army boots are improved to combat trenchfoot. 7. Maintenance units de-ice and equip with skis a snowed-in Piper Cub plane. 8. Demonstration of a Bailey assault bridge. 9. Activities in Burma: Lieutenant Colonel Seagrave returns to the recaptured village of Nam Kham January 25th. The Allies put pressure on the Japanese at the Western Front in Burma. 10. Army and Navy planes hit Japanese installations. Navy bombers and fighters hit Japanese supply ships near Manila, airfield and military installations on Formosa and strategic points in Indo-China. Army B-29s bomb aircraft factories outside Osaka. 11. Operations in the Philippines: Americans equip and supply Filipinos for the Luzon campaign. The second US amphibious landing at Bataan. USA, 1945, B&W, 30 minutes.

 

 

http://www.ihffilm.com/94.html

 

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Combat Bulletin Number 2

(5th Army prepares for the invasion of Anzio / The Big Three Session at Potsdam)

 

1. At Naples harbor the 5th Army prepares for the invasion of Anzio. The landing of men, supplies and heavy equipment at Anzio. Nazi aerial bombardment of Allied forces at Anzio. American forces clear mine fields and establish a beachhead. 2. Operations in Brittany: US forces shell a Nazi garrison at Cezan Island, near Saint-Malo, with a captured German 155mm howitzer August 18th. After light German resistance, the American 3rd Army enters Nantes August 10th. American forces liberate Aincher, and its citizens destroy the last vestiges of the Nazis. Units of the US Third Army battle elements of the German 7th Army. Allied forces discover 2,000--pound bombs at a German airfield. US forces encircle the German 7th Army. 3. A US armored column enters Alençon August 12th. The Allies advance to Sees. A French-manned American tank is shelled by a German 88mm gun. The Allies enter Argentan August 20th. A Canadian armored division closes a German escape route. French patriots volunteer for service at Mortagne August 13th. The Falaise-Argentan pocket is closed August 19th. Canadian and Polish forces unite at Tours. French forces round up German prisoners as General Elfeldt and his aides surrender. General Eisenhower consults with Secretary of War Patterson, General Somervell, British Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden and General Charles DeGaulle in the Cherbourg Peninsula. 4. Big Three Session at Potsdam: President Truman and Secretary of State Byrnes meet with Stalin and Molotov at Soviet headquarters in Potsdam July 18th. Churchill and Eden are replaced at the conference by the newly-elected Attlee and Bevin. Between sessions Truman meets Generals Eisenhower and Bradley and Admiral Leahy. American and British Chiefs of Staff meet at Potsdam. 5. Activities on Okinawa: A maintenance unit salvages engines from wrecked trucks. M4 thanks are equipped with anti-personnel mines (M2A1). Generals Hodges and Daniels meet at 10th Army Headquarters. The 95th Ordnance Bomb Disposal Squad disassemble and test-fire captured Japanese incendiary shrapnel rockets. 6. The Little David 914mm mortar is loaded with a T1 projectile and test-fired. USA, 1944, B&W, 33 minutes.

 

 

http://www.ihffilm.com/85.html

 

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Combat Bulletin Number 4

(The fight for Bloody Gulch)

 

1. Chinese civilians are evacuated from Kweilin Liuchow by rail and sampan. US bombing raids stall a Japanese advance on Kweilin. Chinese forces build defenses for a last-ditch stand. General Joseph Stilwell consults with American and Chinese leaders at Kweilin. Chinese coolies aid in the demolition of the Kweilin airstrip by planting thousand-pound bombs along its runways. American demolition crews burn 550 buildings at the Kweilin airfield. Chinese troops demolish a bridge leading into Kweilin. 2. Supplies for the American 1st Army are unloaded from rail cars by civilian workers near Liege, Belgium. An American depot company operates a railway junction. Army engineers repair bridges new Pimster, Belgium. 3. Allies near the Po Valley: The 5th Army's advance is slowed down by a washed-out Bailey bridge at the Secchia River. A US field-artillery unit improvises a ferry to carry ammunition across the Saterno River. An Allied convoy moves through the mountainous terrain of the Gothic Line sector. A chemical company screens the movement of an Allied convoy. 4. American engineers rebuild a bombed-out Japanese airbase on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The 7th USAF Bomber Command maintains a weather center at Kwajalein. US personnel load bombs onto Liberators. 5. Invasion of Anguar: Elements of the 5th Fleet neutralize Japanese positions on Anguar with naval artillery. The 81st Infantry Division is the first to hit the beach September 17th. Flamethrowing units ferret out entrenched Japanese. A beachhead is established and supplies and heavy equipment are unloaded. The fight for Bloody Gulch. Obstructions are cleared for advancing armor and artillery. Infantry clean-up. A wounded man of the 81st is rescued under fire. The final phase of the invasion brings mortar and machine-gun action. The remains of a blown-up phosphate plant on Anguar. USA, 1944, B&W, 25 minutes.

 

http://www.ihffilm.com/87.html

 

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Combat Bulletin Number 6

(Invasion of Southern France)

 

1. Invasion of Southern France: A fleet of 800 Allied ships assemble for the invasion of Southern France. Navy Secretary Forrestal meets with the US Naval Command. Thousands of airborne troops take off in gliders and land behind Nazi lines near the Riviera. Thousands of paratroopers take off in C-47s and land behind German lines. Airborne forces establish contact with French partisans. The 454th Bomber Group is briefed before the invasion. Light and heavy bombers hit German strongholds in Southern France while fighter planes strafe ground targets. Allied naval vessels shell the southern coast of France. French troops take part in the initial landings. Supplies and reinforcements are quickly brought ashore. Allied forces capture German anti-invasion defenses. An Allied LST is hit by a German radio-controlled flying bomb. Engineers construct an airstrip in a vineyard. The original beachhead force fans out east and west. 2. Northern France: American forces rest before the push for Port de Beau on August 3rd. American forces enter Saint James and capture Bern on August 4th. American paratroopers captured on D-Day are liberated. Nazi collaborators are rounded up by French patriots. Liberation ceremonies take place in Rheims. A German ordnance depot filled with substantial quantities of supplies near Rheims is abandoned by fleeing Germans. 3. Operations in Burma: Heavy monsoons wash out Allied bivouac areas in Kamaing, Mogaung Valley. Chinese forces ferry captured Japanese equipment across the Mogaung River. US engineers modify jeeps for train tracks on the Myitkyina Railroad. The first all-British unit serving under General Stilwell sees action in Burma. US P--40s are loaded with bombs for strikes on the Japanese in Burma. Captured Japanese equipment near Kamaing. Chindits relax after a long campaign. General Stilwell is met by General Frank Merrill at Colombo, Ceylon. 4. US offensive against the Marianas. US aircraft leave carrier flight decks to soften up the Japanese before the invasion. Japanese bombers try to knock out elements of the US Naval Task Force. A crippled US plane returns to a carrier. USA, 1944, B&W, 37 minutes.

 

http://www.ihffilm.com/89.html

 

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Combat Bulletin Number 7

(Battle of the Netherlands: British and Canadian forces captures Hertogenbosch)

 

1. Battle of the Netherlands: British and Canadian forces captures Hertogenbosch. 2. C-47s of the 9th Carrier Command pick up gliders at Eindhoven, Holland. 3. The Naval Battle of the Philippines: Animated map illustration of US Philippine naval operations. Japanese planes hit the USS Princeton. The Navy's top-ranking ace. Commander David McCampbell, returns to a carrier after a mission. 4. Bombing of Manila airfields: B-24s of the 307th Bomber Group strike Nielson and Nichols airfields south of Manila. 5. Allies move south in Burma. Lord Mountbatten inspects the invasion task force. The Allied invasion of Akyab Island on December 20th is unopposed. 6. Generals Pick and Sultan at the opening ceremony of the Ledo Road. The first Allied convoy to China, January 12th. 7. Tanks of the 13th Corps are bogged down in severe weather. Field-artillery battalions equipped with 105mm howitzers are concealed in tents; snow shoes are issued for the infantry and GIs improvise jeep coverings. 8. Final stages of the Battle of the Bulge. Snow-removal units in action. A disguised German Mark 6 Tank is towed away by the 462nd Ordnance Evacuation Company. 9. Front-line Showers: American fumigation and bath units set up hot showers for the men at the front. 10. Bombing of Berlin: B-17s of the 8th Air Force bomb Berlin, Blockbusters score impressive hits. The first American-built bridges are assembled at the Seine. USA, 1944-45, B&W, 33 minutes.

 

http://www.ihffilm.com/90.html

 

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War Department Film

Communiqué 1

1. Aerial Techniques in the Southwest Pacific: 100 Liberator fortresses and medium Mitchells bomb Hansa Bay. Wewak, New Guinea and Rabaul, New Britain, demonstrating skip and para-frag bombing. US fighters destroy a Japanese fighter, reconnaissance plane and dive bomber in the air. 2. Black construction units rebuild a Munda airfield. 3. The Fifth Army in Italy: General Mark Clark's 5th Army hits the beach at Salerno, drives for Rome and captures Naples and Avellino. Aerial shots of the decimation of Benevento. The 5th Army crosses the Volturno River with pontoon bridges. General Mark Clark delivers a message to American war workers. 4. With the Australians in New Guinea: US cargo planes drop supplies to Australian forces in the jungles of New Guinea, where they fight the Japanese with the aid of the natives. USA, 1943, B&W, 29 minutes.

 

http://www.ihffilm.com/102.html

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#28

Marion,

You might have to pop open a bottle of wine before viewing this part of the tape "9. Front-line Showers: American fumigation and bath units set up hot showers for the men at the front. "

 

Out of curiousity, do you have a contact at the WWII Museum? I have a friend that volunteers there and might be able to get the name of a contact who could hook you up with some pics or stuff in their archives/

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#29

I have MANY contacts, but no personal contact there yet. So thank you in advance for anyone or anything you can connect me with.

 

Right now I am grateful to anyone who can hook me up with a special someone. Or anyone who can recommend a special video. The sooner the better. I need as many contacts as I can get.

 

Gratefully,

M1

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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#30

Okay am getting back to my old self again. Last week was just EXTREMELY stressful. Got the program to function a lot better this week and am making progress once again...

 

If anyone here would like to view the documentary as I progress, please drop me an email or jot a note here. I will send you the PRIVATE link. For security and copyright reasons, I will not post the link on the internet. If I send you the link, please DO NOT share it with others unless I grant permission FIRST.

 

I uploaded a revised version this afternoon. It is about just under 16 minutes in length. Sorry the present format does not allow MAC users to view, but will try and work at that at a later date.

 

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I am also looking for sponsors, so if anyone knows of anyone who might be interested, please let me know. Also looking for others such as historians who are willing to contribute some interview footage for inclusion. Thanks in advance to everyone who is trying to help.

Marion J Chard
Proud Daughter of Walter (Monday) Poniedzialek
540th Engineer Combat Regiment, 2833rd Bn, H&S Co, 4th Platoon
There's "No Bridge Too Far"
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