3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries
Auditorium Sponsored by: Peabody Center for Media and Society, University of Georgia Libraries
Contact: Mary Miller Peabody Awards Collection Archivist 706-542-4789
"The Perilous Fight: World War II" (broadcast in England in 2002) uses rare color footage to portray events in the European theater between D-Day (June 1944) and the War's end in May 1945. Followed by commentary from WWII veteran and 1947 UGA alumnus Claude Williams. Part of The Peabody Decades. The Second World War was the first to be recorded extensively on color film, mostly by Americans. "The Perilous Fight: America's WWII" in Color brings America’s wartime experience, on the battlefield and at home, vividly and intimately to life by combining original color film footage with compelling passages from diaries and letters written by people who were part of an unforgettable period of history. Award-winning actor Martin Sheen narrates the series. Relying exclusively on color film footage, with no still photographs, black and white film or interviews, "The Perilous Fight" is a unique and telling look at how Americans faced history's greatest armed conflict. The series brings to the fore timeless questions about national personal duty, courage and loss.This screening features episode three of the series. Wrath focuses on the European theater during the months between D-Day, in June 1944, and V-E Day, in May 1945. Among the many scenes captured by color footage are the seizure, two days before D-Day, of a German U-boat carrying Enigma code machines; the massive Allied assault on the beaches at Normandy; the jubilant welcome received by G.I.s after the liberation of Paris; freed American POWs burning their prison; Red Cross "doughnut girls"; the first Jewish Sabbath service conducted at the just-liberated Dachau concentration camp; and V-E Day celebrations following Germany's surrender.Williams, a 1947 graduate of the Grady College of Journalism and a decorated World War II veteran. Williams is a 2013 recipient of both the Grady College Dean's Medal for Leadership Excellence in Communication and the French Legion of Honor medal.