A Cinematic Salute – Victory at Sea
Contact: Joanne Gangi-Wellman, (413) 734-8551
SPRINGFIELD, MA - The single best and most common way to depict wars in the history of the United States has been through film. As part of a yearlong film festival, the Springfield Armory National Historic Site will feature the Emmy Award winning documentary television series Victory at Sea on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Museum theatre. Free Admission.
As would be expected from any movie and in the case of this series – war movies – not all facts are presented accurately. “These motion pictures and documentaries educate the public on what is true about Armory firearms in each of the films,” commented Chief of Interpretation, Joanne M. Gangi-Wellman.
Victory at Sea presents naval warfare during WWII. Opening remarks will be given by film author Mike Dobbs, editor of Reminder Publications. The 26-episodes, originally broadcast by NBC in 1952–1953, represent a time when the war was still fresh on people’s minds. Unique and distinct film production and composer Richard Rogers’ magnificent score made Victory at Sea a benchmark documentary.
Three episodes of 30-minutes each will be featured depicting Springfield Armory’s weapons in the hands of US soldiers. First, Guadalcanal features US Marine training in Australia and New Zealand as they prepare to land at Guadalcanal. Then, episode 15, D-Day, details the Allied invasion of Normandy from preparation to execution. Finally, Return of the Allies shows the 1944 liberation of the Philippine Islands by the US Army as they fought their way to Manila.
No reservations are required and the theatre seats 50. The site is wheelchair accessible, and there is ample free parking. For information on upcoming films in the series¬¬ call 413-734-8551 or check the website atwww.nps.gov/spar.
The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is the location of the nation’s first armory (1794 – 1968) and was established by George Washington. The site includes historic grounds, buildings, and the world’s largest historic American military firearms collection. The park is open daily from9am – 5pm. There is ample parking and the building is wheelchair accessible. For further information and weather cancelation call 413-734-8551 or check the website atwww.nps.gov/sparor go to ourwww.facebook.com/sparnhs.
Did You Know?
Springfield Arsenal, a military supply depot, was sited by General Henry Knox, and approved by General George Washington in 1777. The arsenal became known as Springfield Armory in 1794 when on-site small arms manufacturing was approved by President Washington. More...