Many don’t realize the B&W combat footage taken by Marine cameramen were shot in color. These, then, were copied onto B&W 35mm format film for use in newsreels. However, the original color footage had no sound. Any sound you hear was added in after being transferred onto the B&W film.
As the author points out, this post contains REAL audio from the beaches. Excellent reporting by scared audiomen.
In addition to photographers and motion picture cameramen, the Marines also occasionally deployed audio technicians to combat operations. These guys (who were, needless to say, almost senselessly brave) carried bulky recording equipment into battle, sometimes even while wading ashore. The sound, of course, is tinny and crackly; the microphones weren’t equipped to pick up the thunderous drumfire of a bombardment, but you can hear rifle shots, machine guns, and the occasional *zip* of a bullet overhead as plain as day.
And the technicians weren’t just recording – they were commentating on what they saw, too, often with no more excitement than if they were describing a baseball game. (This, to me, is the most impressive feat of all.)
Here’s a recording from Iwo Jima – listen for the yell “Spread out, SPREAD OUT!” as they dodge incoming fire.
People have admired chivalrous conduct for thousands of years, long before we invented a word for it. It does not confine itself to mounted warriors wearing armor and confronting a determined enemy. Chivalry was a code employed by a culture of warriors, which extends to the notion of good men skilled in warfare willing to place their lives and fortunes “on the line” in defense of innocents, in defense of the realm, in defense of religious beliefs. The code was already in writing by the time of Charlemagne and is chronicled in La Chanson de Roland, which tells of the Battle of Roncevaux Pass in 778 A.D. Historians have restored the code, which appears in summary form below:
We don’t do “shadowgovernments” in this country. But there is a way your guy Biden can have his own legit Covid clown show everyday if he wants to and it’s called winning the election. He might want to figuring out where he is…. those sorts of things for a starter. I will conclude with a couple of his finer moments….
Biden should consider ‘shadow government’ to combat Trump, MSNBC’s Ruhle says
MSNBC‘S Stephanie Ruhle said Wednesday that Joseph R. Biden may want to consider forming a “shadow government” if he wants to defeat President Trump’s reelection bid.
The “MSNBC Live” anchor told former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina that Mr. Biden needs to think “bigger” when it comes to “counter-programming” the Trump administration’s ability to speak directly to the American people via coronavirus press briefings.
World War II started for America about 80 years ago.
December 7th, 1941 while Democrat FDR was president.
It was war, pure and simple.
Almost the whole nation was behind FDR (although behind the scenes, he did have influence on it starting). “FakeNews” was also in a full speed mode, under-reporting battle losses and issuing propaganda by the boatload. However, FakeNews was not undermining FDR – it was supporting FDR.
As a sample of how much America was into beating our enemies, several MAJOR movie stars enlisted into the Armed Forces; several were in combat. Point is, they demonstrated they were behind the war effort and FDR – well, for the most part. At least they didn’t bad mouth the president on the stage, radio or TV. Oh, wait a minute. They didn’t have TV.
A Few Hollywood Patriots
I wrote of Jimmy Stewart earlier. He is a humble hero in my book. He piloted B-24 Liberators over Europe, enduring what seemed to have lasted years piloting his bomber through Nazi flak. As with all others in combat, he eventually suffered from what they called “combat fatigue” back then.
He put his life on the line and was a true hero in my book.
Clark Gable did enlist at the ripe old age of 41 against FDR’s wishes; however, he didn’t have much interest in politics but his wife Carole Lombard did. She adored FDR. After meeting her untimely death in a plane crash while on a War Bond Tour in 1942, folks say Gable enlisted to cope with her death. Some people close to him say it was a death wish.
While pushed towards a desk job producing war films, he bucked the orders and actually flew in five combat missions. Believe me, there were no “milk runs” over Europe during WWII. He suffered frostbite on his first combat mission (above) and narrowly avoided death in another mission.
Renowned band leader Glenn Miller also enlisted at the ripe age of 38. He was rejected by the US Navy but the US Army gladly took him in. He was at the peak of his career. He was to entertain the troops for morale purposes, a very much needed thing.
On December 15, 1944, he took off from the RAF base at Clapham, England headed for Paris to conduct a performance by his band. His small plane, a Norseman, never made it. It disappeared and remains undiscovered to this day. It was ironic his death was not through enemy action, proving the point made many times there were no milk runs during WWII.
In Hollywood today, many of the most “popular” stars are in “action” movies (e.g., war) or as comic characters brought to the big screen. Some even portray US Army soldiers. Purely fictional, of course, but the point remains they were trying to portray men facing the ultimate sacrifice for the sake of America.
They made megabucks… and I mean, MEGABUCKS.
Here’s a few:
Tom Hanks and Matt Damon:
Chris Evans as “Captain America” in the wildly popular Marvel Avenger series:
Scarlett Johansson as “Black Widow” in yet another Marvel Avenger series:
And of course, Brad Pitt in “Fury”:
And let’s not mention Robert DeNiro.
But the point I am trying to make is… We are in an unprecedented war right now. We just cannot see the enemy. It is a virus released by accident (or whatever) in Wuhan, China.(1)
Just like Pearl Harbor, the attack came from overseas. (There is one distinction: FDR manipulated the Japanese into a corner and left the 7th Fleet out in Pearl Harbor defenseless. ) This Wuhan Virus invasion erupted through no fault of the President of the United States. He surely didn’t manipulate it into occurring. (2)
Sadly, unlike WWII, only a FEW Hollywood notables are contributing to the war effort. None of them are listed above. The vast majority are trying to undermine the President’s and country’s NATIONAL efforts to quell the spread of the Wuhan virus.
They should use their “celebrity status” to ENCOURAGE their fans to follow the President’s “stay home” and “social distancing” directives – like Samuel L. Jackson did only recently (Caution: bad language):
That’s the LEAST they can do… Be like Carole Lombard in real life and support our efforts but they AREN’T or WON’T because of political beliefs. They are more scared of backlash or being “blacklisted” if they are even photographed next to our President. The Great Hollywood Generation of WWII sacrificed everything to win.
The Hollyweird of today will openly support abortion or supposed environmental shit or hold up even a severed head on Instagram – but cower due to social media ramifications when the country calls on them to support the President’s call to duty.
Even Tom Hanks, whose PR machine disclosed he was infected with “COVID-19” has not made any notable effort to encourage his fans to stay home. WTF? He portrayed a captain in the US Army on D-Day! He should use his PR machine to broadcast a video over and over and encourage his fans to stay home or practice social distancing. To stop hoarding, for God’s sake. Same for “Captain America”, “Black Widow” and “Private Ryan” actors.
However, like WWII, FakeNews is also here – but are reporting mis-truths to attack or take down our President. WHAT ARE THEY THINKING?? Don’t they want America – US – back on our feet? CNN mocked the President when he instituted a travel ban from China, for example.
Don’t get me wrong: I do NOT know how truly overloaded our ER’s are with “COVID-19” patients due to the plethora of FakeNews. I feel like my Aunt Eiko did in Tokyo during WWII when Japanese FakeNews was telling her Japan was winning the war when B-29s started flying overhead. I have seen privately taken videos of ER’s with “normal” patient loads – broken limbs, heart attack victims, etc., which contradict the hysteria being reported by FakeNews due to the President’s supposed “improper and insufficient actions”.
As another example of false reporting, per allsides.com:
“CBS News aired footage of an Italian hospital while reporting on New York hospitals and the ventilator shortage on March 25.
“CBS This Morning” discussed Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s allegation that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) only gave the state 400 ventilators when they needed 30,000.
The network aired footage of a crowded hospital room with the implication, based on what was being reported, that it was taken at a hospital in New York. However, this hospital was seen in footage during a Sky News segment on Italian hospitals and the novel coronavirus crisis that aired on March 22.”
In another example to undermine the President’s efforts and create more panic or despair, CNN’s Rachel Maddow per the Daily Mail reported on air:
“MSNBC star Rachel Maddow is slammed for peddling ‘fake news’ after she claimed 10 days ago the hospital ships Mercy and Comfort would not be in LA and NY for weeks and called Trump’s promise they would arrive ‘nonsense’
Rachel Maddow said that the ships would not arrive for weeks on her show
Her pronouncement was part of a segment decrying the Trump administration’s reaction to the global pandemic
10 days after Maddow spoke, New York welcomed the arrival of the US Naval Ship Comfort to New York Harbor on Monday
The USNS Mercy arrived in the Los Angeles area on Friday
The Comfort will provide 1,000 additional hospital beds, 1,200 personnel and is a major step forward in New York City’s fight against coronavirus
I am sorry but that is NOT news reporting. (3)
It is OPINION reporting, fueled by disdain for the President.
Our celebrities – revered by so many – must get on the bandwagon to curb the spread of this potentially fatal illness… I am not talking about giving money to those in despair. That’s only a smsll group. Get out in front of the public via whatever social app and tell them to stay home! FakeNews must swallow their pride and become TrueNews… for America’s sake.
Both of you, support our President like you did in WWII.
We are at war with an invisible invasion.
Help us WIN.
(1) Key people in China involved in detecting the virus have since disappeared. People against the State do disappear, you know.
(2) It is my belief that the way China has attempted to cover up or play down the tragic results of the infection tells me it leaked out if a bioweapons laboratory in Wuhan. If so, dire ramificatons for Xi and his military. Why else would they keep reporting untrue results or results that just conflict??
(3) If you go to Google’s or Yahoo News feed, notice what they show: news from CNN (remember Maddow), CBS (remember they showed an Italian ER leading us to believe it was a NYC ER), NYT, etc. You rarely see anything from FOX or better yet, OANN – unless it suits their agenda.
True stories about World War II – One war. Two Countries. One Family