We’re excited to announce that our Historian Kevin Hymel has narrated a video, “101st Airborne – Attack on Carentan,” for WW2TV, a new YouTube Channel which launched on August 1, 2019. This film is based on one of Kevin’s articles that was published on Warfare History Network and explains the taking of Carentan on June 12th 1944 by the 101st Airborne Division, focusing on the role of E/506th PIR. This was depicted in episode 3 of Band of Brothers, the incredible HBO series based on our founder, Stephen Ambrose’s epic WWII book of the same name. Filmed on location in Carentan, Normandy and using many rare wartime images and pieces of film, this WW2TV presentation offers insight into the real events.
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As historian Paul Woodadge noted when talking about his inspiration for creating the WW2TV Channel after 25 years of leading WWII tours, “I watched an award-winning film about a battle in Normandy recently. It was good, but not one second of footage was shot at the actual battlefield. It was talking heads and BW footage only. I want to change that, I want to take you INTO the battlefields in glorious HD.”
His mission is simple: “I would like to take people across, through, and inside the battlefields like never before. An immersion into the beaches, fields, hedgerows, hills, and forests that will almost allow you to feel as if you were there yourself and fighting alongside the men and women who liberated Europe. I will be pairing with fellow tour guides, authors, and historians, and drawing on my own more than 25 years of traveling and touring WWII sites.”
To learn more about Woodadge’s motivation for creating WW2TV, read the article “Paul Woodadge: Filming the Battlefields of WWII,” which appeared on War History Online.
The actual video content is hosted on the WW2TV Youtube Channel, but links will be available on Woodadge’s WW2TV website. Battlefield Studies will be the most common type of film available. They will vary in length from 5 minutes up to about 20 or 25 minutes. Future videos will include documentaries, live streaming of WW2 events, and interviews with historians and authors.
Travel on the Band of Brothers Tour
We invite you to travel on our Original Band of Brothers Tour in 2020, an experience unparalleled in its accuracy. Our tour is based on the first-hand and personal recollections of the paratroopers and the extensive research of Stephen Ambrose, who wrote the best-selling book, Band of Brothers. As you follow the path of Easy Company, you will stand in the very foxholes and precise locations where these men fought in some of the most climactic battles of World War II.
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