SOLD OUT! World Premiere of "Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière"

Presented by The National WWII Museum and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière will make its worldwide premiere in Solomon Victory Theater.

June 05 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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+ Add to calendar 2019-06-05 6:00:00 PM 2019-06-05 9:00:00 PM America/Mexico_City Solomon Victory Theater 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 SOLD OUT! World Premiere of "Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière" Presented by The National WWII Museum and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière will make its worldwide premiere in Solomon Victory Theater.
Location: Solomon Victory Theater
945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130

June 5 | 6:00 p.m. Reception | 7:00 p.m. Screening | 8:00 p.m. Q&A with filmmakers

The mortal ferocity of the four-day battle for control of the small stone bridge over the Merderet River at La Fière in Normandy is testament to the bridge’s strategic importance in the D-Day invasion of June 1944. Without control of the bridge and its vital causeway, American forces coming from Utah Beach would not have been able to force their way inland.

Fought largely by paratroopers and glidermen from the 82nd Airborne Division, the battle to secure the bridge at La Fière is described as “probably the bloodiest small unit struggle in the experience of American arms.” Victory at La Fière cost more than 250 American lives, and yet the fateful engagement’s story is largely untold.

Capturing the La Fière story for the first time in documentary form, the production calls on military historian Colonel Kevin W. Farrell, PhD, and Executive Director of the Museum’s Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian Robert M. Citino, PhD, as on-camera analysts. The film also draws on historic and contemporary images and footage of the battle scene, as well as eyewitness accounts by WWII veterans who fought there. Mark Harmon (NCIS, The West Wing, Chicago Hope) serves as narrator.

For more information email programs@nationalww2museum.org.