Local company produces D-Day documentary

(NEWS CENTER) -- Seventy years ago, young soldiers dropped in on Normandy beach in the invasion historians say changed the course of World War II. The History Channel is playing a two-part documentary to honor the anniversary and local production company Lone Wolf Documentary Group in South Portland produced it.

The documentary has interviews with veterans who fought on June 6, 1944. Sharon Petzold, one of the documentary creators, said the History Channel approached Lone Wolf about a year ago and said they wanted to honor D-Day in some way, but didn't have a clear path. Petzold and the rest of the team started brainstorming and ended up finding some of the last living D-Day veterans around the country.

Charles Shay, a member of the Penobscot Tribe, is a Mainer who is a part of the documentary. He and others tell their version of the events. Petzold said interviewing these men wasn't easy, but they were willing to participate.

"They know they're going to have to go to an emotional, dark place. There are some real strong memories they've maybe never talked about before," she said.

In the documentary, the men are looking straight into the camera when they tell their role in the invasion.

"Once they started talking, you could see that they were there..It's still crystal clear in their mind," said Petzold.

The documentary also includes rare footage rendered in HD and interviews with German soldiers, presenting both sides of the battle.

Part one airs 9:00 p.m. June 6 and part two airs 9:00 p.m. June 7.


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