A Newsreel Cameraman’s View of D-Day


The Unwritten Record

Jack Lieb went to Europe in 1943 with two movie cameras: He brought his 35mm black and white camera to film war coverage for Hearst’s News of the Day newsreels and his 16mm home movie camera to shoot color film to show to his family back home. After the war, Lieb edited the color footage into a film that he would narrate in lectures around the country, in venues as varied as the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C. and his daughter’s fourth grade class in Chicago.

In the film below, donated by the Lieb family to the National Archives in 1984, you’ll see D-Day from a perspective different than the official military film or commercial newsreel. With his personal footage, Lieb takes the viewer through the preparations in England, where he spent time with war correspondents Ernie Pyle, Jack Thompson, and Larry LaSueur, to the…

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Everett Smith served with the Headquarters Company, 187th Regiment, 11th A/B Division during WWII. This site is in tribute to my father, "Smitty." GP is a member of the 11th Airborne Association. Member # 4511 and extremely proud of that fact!

Posted on June 8, 2015, in WWII and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 27 Comments.

  1. Excellent video on the works of Jack Lieb, a remarkable man who made a great contribution to the history of D day and other notable wartime events.
    Excellent footage and narrative.

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  2. This looks really good, but I am having to save the film for a day with more hours in it.


  3. Great video posting, C.P. Long? Yes. Worth the time watching it? Yes!


  4. Fascinating gp. Glad you found it


  5. This is a great find… Many thanks for sharing this. 🙂


  6. I just got done watching the video. What a great review of a reporter’s eye witness accounts. I would have loved to attend one of the lectures in person.


    • I also thought the same, John. I know the article, plus video, made for a much longer post than I usually put out there – but I definitely thought this was worth the effort. I appreciate you taking that time out of your day.


  7. Wonderful video. I’m curating it for my classes in the future.

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  8. I just finished viewing the film. This is some of the best footage I’ve ever seen.


  9. Amazing film. I like the calm narrative and the ordinary scenes.

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  10. This reminded me of George Stephens’ film, D-Day to Berlin, with many similar scenes.
    Great to have more archive film of those real events, always fascinating to watch.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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