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Battle of La Fière: a movie in progress

Dale Dye (right) alongside Tom Hanks during the filming of Saving Private Ryan.
Photo: Dreamworks

May 21st, 2017: Battle of La Fière: a movie in progress
Information source (in French): La Presse de la Manche
Author: Ludovic Ameline

For several years now, a film on the Battle of La Fière is being prepared, from the book of an American veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, Robert M. Murphy, titled No better place to die. The project has been delayed many times due to lack of funding.

Last week, the production, via its Facebook page, launched a crowdfunding on the Indiegogo platform so that the film finally came into being. The feature film, which was scheduled for the commemoration of the 65th anniversary of the D-Day, is scheduled to be screened only in 2019.

Captain Dale Dye, veteran of Viet Nam, was a military advisor on prestigious films such as Platoon, Saving Private Ryan or the mini-series Band of Brothers or Pacific produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. He explains why he made the film: “More than ever, I would like to pay tribute to his men who were the first to tread the soil of Normandy on the night of June 5-6, 1944.” Battle of the Fière is an episode of the landing, little detailed in the history books. La Fière has, however, saved D-Day.

The vestiges of the battle of the Battle of La Fière from June 6 to 9, 1944. This episode of Normandy landing assured the installation of the American bridgehead in the Cotentin.
Photo: US National Archives

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