Cinema: Invasion Films

The first D-day newsreels reached U.S. theaters on D-day plus nine. They are the collective effort of U.S., British and Canadian Army, Navy, Air Force and newsreel cameramen. They have caught some of the finest, most moving, most revealing shots ever made of war:

¶ Swift, terrific plane shots of the thousand wakes of the invasion fleet, so deep below that they resemble the tremulous urgency of amoebae on a microscope slide.

¶ An enemy fighter plane exploding like a toy.

¶ The faces of Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery—faces heavy with power, craft, superhuman responsibility, humanly transfigured by the...

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