On Common Ground: A World War II Reunion

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Released 2001

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Director:
David Eilenberg
Released:
2001
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On Common Ground: A World War II Reunion is a gripping documentary about a reunion between German and American soldiers from the Huertgen Forest Campaign from World War II. In the thick of World War II, during one of the coldest winters imaginable, German and American soldiers fought one another in the Huertgen Forest, in Germany in 1944. Considered perhaps the bloodiest battle seen in the entire war, the intense fighting claimed over 60,000 lives on both sides, and has continued to haunt veterans of the conflict for many years. In 1999, a group of veterans of the 28th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division, visited Europe, meeting up with German veterans of the same battle in an effort to reconcile their common stories and experiences. Filmmakers David Eilenberg and Jessica Glass chronicle the events, calling upon interviews with the soldiers and archival footage to tell the story of a tragic event in all of their lives. From visits to grave sites of friends and fellow soldiers, to the touching reunion with the former enemy troops, this powerful event is captured beautifully, with commentary by New legends Tom Brokaw, Walter Cronkite and John Kenneth Galbraith.moreless
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