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Re: HERO OF NORMANDY BEACH
In Response To: Re: HERO OF NORMANDY BEACH ()
Spielberg and Hanks had to have been aware. The historical advisor for the film was none other than the Late Stephen Ambrose who had written or co-wrote many books on military history, the Civil War and World War 2. This includes the recent book and HBO film and mini series "Band of Brothers", the story of E company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Both "Saving Private Ryan" and "Band of Brothers" deal with specific themes and units, paratroopers of the 101st and members of the 2nd Rangers,(not to be confused with the all Black 2nd Ranger company of the Korean War). The 2 former units were segregrated units and did not receive Black combat troops into the ranks until well after the war. The US Military intergrated by order in 1947, some units were low to comply.
I find fault with both films in that they fail to show the presence of Black personel. In the chaos and confusion on the beach, as you looked past the princible figures into the back ground there were no Black faces to be found. We should have seen Black medics and or perhaps a cameo appearance of a figure representing Sgt. Woodsons struggle to attend the wounded in his sector. D-Day plus would have seen Black support troops landing on the beach ie; the scenes that scaned the beach has Tom Hanks was drinking coffee and speaking with his C.O. The Battle of the Bulge scenes in "Band of Brothers", failed to show the Black supply troops who drove the 101st to the front and we did seen a single Black face in the long lines of soldiers retreating from the front. In film that was captured by the allies after the war, film used for propaganda purposes to show defeated allied troops at the Battle of the Bulge, you can see long lines of American prisoners, a considerable amount of them were Black. There was indeed a considerable Black presence in the Ardennes. Spielberg, Hanks and Ambrose missed the mark.