Heroes of Carentan

Step into an unknown battlefield of Normandy, France with 'Heroes of Carentan. A new documentary film that uncovers a hidden gem of WWII history that helped reshape the world's destiny. "Heroes of Carentan" immerses you in the heroic exploits of WWII warriors in Carentan, France, as seen through the eyes of present-day 101st Airborne Division soldiers. Intimate interviews with contemporary heroes seamlessly intertwine with the narratives of unsung WWII figures, providing firsthand accounts that shed light on their awe-inspiring valor and sacrifices, while drawing poignant parallels to their own experiences as current soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division.

Heroes of Carentan

Synopsis

"Heroes of Carentan" is a poignant documentary that chronicles the indomitable spirit and unwavering bravery of the 101st Airborne Division soldiers who, in early June 1944, fought valiantly to liberate the town of Carentan, France from the clutches of evil during four pivotal days at the onset of the Normandy invasion. Through battle, bloodshed, brokenness and celebration, an unbreakable bond was forged between the city of Carentan and the legendary US Army Division that liberated them—a connection that endures to this day.Today, Carentan stands as a thriving urban center, steeped in rich French history, culture, and tradition, thanks to the heroic acts of the courageous 101st Airborne Division soldiers who risked everything to free the town over those long days in June 1944.Remarkably, the 101st Airborne Division finds itself back in Europe, deployed for the first time since the end of World War II, prompted by the aggressive ambitions of a leader hungry for control over a sovereign European neighbor. In 1944, the 101st Airborne Division stood steadfast against such aggression, and today, they do so again, drawing inspiration from the courageous heroes who paved the way.This documentary delves into the lives and actions of the unsung heroes of the Battle of Carentan, shedding light on their remarkable feats and exploring the profound impact they had on the 101st Airborne Division soldiers serving today.Through intimate interviews, archival footage, and vivid reenactments, "Heroes of Carentan" weaves together the untold stories of those brave men from '44 with eight currently serving 101st Airborne Division soldiers who have just returned from deployment on the border of Ukraine. These stories offer lessons we can glean from the sacrifices of the greatest generation and the dedication of the soldiers who carry their legacy forward.As we witness present-day 101st Airborne Division soldiers step into the boots of their forebears, we are reminded of the enduring power of courage, unity, and the unyielding pursuit of freedom. "Heroes of Carentan" is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity, a stirring tribute to those who fought for a better world, and a call to honor their memory by safeguarding the freedoms we hold dear.

Heroes of Carentan

The Team

Director/Exec Producer -Christian TaylorExecutive Producers -Bob & Janie MillerProduction Manager - Rick ArbizzaniProducers - Denis Van den Brink, David Paterson, Taylor GilchristWriter - Zach CallaghanEditor - Bill EbelAudio Engineer - Jason HobanHistorians - Thomas Voisin, Flavie Poisson, Patrick FissotCinematographer - Chad GilchristProduction Team - Mindy Cook, Tamatoa’aril (Tam) Temauri, Francois Domerc, Emilie Fantin, Marcio Barreira, Duncan Murdock, Grace RappConsultants - Ben Feithen, Jean-Pierre L'honneur, Oliver Jouault, Jean-Marie Boucherie, Michelle Coupey, Sarah Murdock

Heroes of Carentan

The Film

The climax of our story occurs in 1940 when the Germans targeted Carentan as a crucial stronghold. Recognizing its significance after the D-Day landings, the Allied forces prioritized the liberation of Carentan for the 101st Airborne division. Over the following week, several critical battles were fought.This film showcases the courage and sacrifice of notable individuals like General Maxwell Taylor, Colonel Howard Johnson, and Lt. Col. Robert Cole.With interviews from historians, current citizens of Carentan, and those who have dedicated their lives to honoring the fallen soldiers the film reflects on the town's progress since its destruction during the 1944 liberation.However, with the the return of the 101st Airborne to Europe serves as a stark reminder that our current peace is not guaranteed, urging us to remain vigilant in its protection.

Our Partners

Behind the scenes, hidden from the spotlight, our partners played an indispensable role in bringing this extraordinary film to life. Their unwavering support, expertise, and dedication made the impossible possible. This film is a testament to the power of collaboration, showcasing what can be achieved when vision meets unwavering commitment. Without our partners, this extraordinary journey would have remained a distant dream.