While thousands of books and film have been dedicated to the history of WWII, lessor attention has been given to the comprehensive and heroic role played by U.S. Army Engineers. It is in this light we hope to rectify this unfortunate oversight. The 36th, 39th, 540th & 1108th Engineers were non-divisional, and employed on an as needed basis. Referred to as "bastard" regiments, they were often attached to or in support of other Army units, while part of II & VI Corps and 5th & 7th Army in the European Theatre of Operation. Part One* of the three-part series begins with the state-side training in 1941, and follows the engineers as they embark across the Atlantic for their first beachhead landing, and initial baptism of fire on November 8, 1942. Walk alongside as we trace their footsteps throughout the North African Campaign, and their preparation for the Invasion of Sicily in July of 1943. In loving memory of my father, Walter "Monday" Poniedzialek 540th Combat Engineer.
Parts two and three are scheduled for release in the near future.
Notes from the author ...
I'm writing, directing, producing and narrating the presentation, while various individuals (volunteers and paid talents) play the roles of the WWII veterans, depicting them during the war. The production includes photographs, diaries, biographies and autobiographies, archived film footage, and audio & video interviews of the veterans. Parts two and three will also feature interviews provided by historians from the Army Corps of Engineers Office of History.
My goal is to produce a well-balanced documentary, by including a wealth of sources and various forms of media. My hope is to have it air on various PBS stations throughout the country, in the near future.
This entire project is being funded by the private sector, and is made possible through the generosity of the veterans, their family members and other interested parties. However I'm still seeking corporate sponsorship and hope I'll be able to generate interest amongst small and large businesses alike.
In order to facilitate this, I've started a new company, Proud Daughter, LLC , which handles all aspects of funding and production. It will also allow me to consider and pursue future projects including articles, books and documentaries.