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The 95th The Iron Men of Metz


THE 95TH: THE IRON MEN OF METZ (60 minutes, documentary)
 

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Review:

This documentary follows several veterans of the 95th Infantry Division as they recount some of their experiences, and joins them on a journey back to Europe, through the city of Metz, and as they take part in several remembrance ceremonies.
 

Walking back in time with them as they relive their World War II experiences brings home a greater appreciation for the struggles these men endured. The challenges they faced in taking Metz with its underground fortresses, heavy machine gun fire, ineffectual support and impossible odds are recorded by the survivors in this documentary for future generations to appreciate and learn from.
 

Standing with them in the cemeteries honoring their fallen comrades, dancing with them at 95th Infantry Division reunions, and the behind the scenes look at their personal lives now as elderly men gives us the ability to grasp the full scope of what this film means to their lives. Hearing their tales of war experiences, from being shot, running through blistering machine gun fire, reminiscing about locations of the past and what their lives consisted of is very educational as well as heart touching. You can see the veterans in the film move from reconciliation of their past to the acceptance, and grieving for their fallen comrades.
 

The producers of The 95th: Iron Men of Metz should be praised for giving these veterans the chance to record their history and impart their, literally, hard fought knowledge to us.
 

It is very moving to see these men remembered for their dedication, endurance, and sacrifices.
 

THE 95TH: THE IRON MEN OF METZ originally aired on PBS (WTTW Chicago), and is now available for purchase and download at www.the95thmovie.com, or by calling 1-877-FILMBABY. A portion of the  proceeds will benefit the veterans' 95th Division Association.
 

- Steve Terjeson
World War II History




 

Official Press Release


THE 95TH: THE IRON MEN OF METZ (60 minutes, documentary) chronicles the story of General Patton's famous WWII 95th Infantry Division veterans. In 1944, they claimed a key Allied victory by liberating the Nazi stronghold of Metz, France. Fifty-five years later, surviving members of General Patton’s heralded 95th infantry return to the battlefields where they made their mark upon history. Greeted once again as heroes, they recount the horrors they faced, and honor their fallen comrades.

The documentary is the latest collaboration between Chicago filmmaker Davidson Cole and editor Neal Gold, who premiered their feature film DESIGN at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival. For THE 95TH, the filmmakers spent over three years documenting the stories and travels of this historic World War II unit. Originally conceived by director Davidson Cole as a valentine to his grandfather, 95th veteran Steve Finik, the film became a tribute to the heroism of the entire unit. Other featured Chicago veterans include past 95th Division Association President Chuck Wood, Nick Fusco, and Paul Madden of Shreveport, LA. The film is also a unique personal account of World War II, and the lifelong relationships that were forged in the trenches. As Paul Madden puts it, "I consider the company I was in as family. Those people were like brothers to me." Often tragic, sometimes humorous, always inspirational, these  courageous veterans pass on their strategies for survival, and life lessons for generations to come.

The DVD is loaded with special features, including rarely seen archival footage, additional interviews with the veterans, a tour of modern day Metz, a director's interview, and more. THE 95TH: THE IRON MEN OF METZ originally aired on PBS (WTTW Chicago), and is now available for purchase and download at www.the95thmovie.com, or by calling 1-877-FILMBABY. A portion of the  proceeds will benefit the veterans' 95th Division Association.

SUMMARY

The 95th: The Iron Men of Metz (Documentary, 56 minutes) chronicles the story of General Patton's famous WWII 95th Infantry Division veterans. In 1944, they claimed a key Allied victory by liberating the Nazi stronghold of Metz, France.

Fifty-five years later, surviving members of this heralded unit return to the  battlefields where they made their mark upon history. Greeted once again as heroes, they recount the horrors they faced, and honor their fallen comrades.



SYNOPSIS

November, 1944

General George Patton assigns the brave soldiers of the United States’ 95th Infantry Division an impossible objective: liberate the legendary fortified  stronghold of Metz, France from Nazi occupation. Against heavy resistance and  steep odds, the 95th succeeds with their task, claiming a key Allied victory and earning them the nicknames “The Bravest of the Brave” and “The Iron Men of  Metz”.

November, 1999

Fifty‐five years later, surviving members of the heralded 95th return to the battlefields where they made their mark upon history. Greeted once again as heroes, they recount the horrors they faced, and honor their fallen comrades.

The filmmakers spent over three years documenting the stories and travels of this historic World War II unit. Often tragic, sometimes humorous, always inspirational, these courageous veterans pass on their strategies for survival,  and life lessons for generations to come.

The 95th: The Iron Men of Metz first aired on PBS (WTTW Chicago). A portion of the proceeds from this documentary will benefit the 95th Division Association.  For more information, please visit www.the95thmovie.com.


 

Link:  http://www.the95thmovie.com


Date Added: 2010-04-29
Date Updated: 2010-05-19


 

 

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