It’s ‘Military Film Afternoon’ Saturday at Fort Devens Museum
Nashoba Publishing, Posted: 08/13/2015 12:38:56 PM EDT
DEVENS — Saturday, August 15, is Movie Afternoon at Fort Devens Museum, with a three-film program starting at 1 p.m. at the Museum’s 94 Jackson Road, Devens, location. These films relate to military actions but they are not films you would encounter in local movie theaters or through usual television programming.
Two of the three films being screened tell the story of bringing people to former Second World War battle sites in Europe. In one, a few veterans of the storming of the Normandy beaches and early fighting to liberate France return to those scenes of battle and comment on their memories. This film shows clips of phases of the battle.
The second film centers on a former GI involved as part of a graves registration team at work in France and Belgium just after the Battle of the Bulge. In the film he returns to the former battle area with a small group of students from the United States and has them meet local people, see places where some of the combat took place, and learn something of what went on at the time. Both of these films are on loan from Joe Landry of Shirley, himself a World War II soldier and survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. They are among films he cherishes most in his own extensive film collection.