The World War II Foundation will host the U.S. premiere of their latest documentary film on World War II titled “Eagles of Mercy.” This is the eighth documentary created by the Foundation.
The documentary starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Showcase Cinema Warwick on the East Greenwich/Warwick line, just off Route 4. Seating is limited to 400 and tickets can be purchased via the Foundation website at www.wwiifoundation.org/events/warwick. Please bring your PayPal receipt and that will serve as your entry to the
event. Tickets are just $10 and include a discussion afterward with the film’s producer and director, Tim Gray.
“Eagles of Mercy” tells the story of two American 101st Airborne, also known as Screaming Eagles, medics caught in a church in Normandy, France during the opening hours of D-Day. Outside, a savage battle raged all around them. The church changed hands several times with American and German
forces overrunning the village of Angoville-au-Plain. Inside the small church, the wounded wore both Allied and Axis uniforms and civilian clothing.
The American medics, Robert Wright and Kenneth Moore of the 2nd Battalion, 501st PIR, treated all who were brought into the 12th century Norman church, no matter whether they were friend or foe. A deal was struck that no guns from either side could be worn in the church at any time.
The Germans left them alone, coming and going as the fight raged. The church was shelled, but the American medics’ work went on. Wounded were placed on pews. Almost 70 years later, the blood remains on those very pews in that church.
“Eagles of Mercy” is a testament to compassion, courage and most of all, humanity, during the opening moments of the fierce battle to liberate Europe.
All proceeds from the screening benefit the mission of the 501(c)3 World War II Foundation.