Seventy years ago today, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy to fight Nazi Germany. More than 9000 of them were killed or wounded but their sacrifice allowed more than 100,000 more to begin the march across Europe to defeat Adolph Hitler and his army. Today we remember them with honor and gratitude.
There have been many movies made and many stories told about World War II. One of my favorite movies is Saints and Soldiers.
The newest film in the Saints and Soldiers franchise, Saints and Soldiers: The Void, is coming to theaters August 15th. The Void deals with the often overlooked racial issues of World War II.
Saints and Soldiers Summary
Germany, May 1945, the twilight of WWII. On a final mission deep in the Harz mountains a U.S. tank crew discovers a platoon of Germans, including three infamous Panzer tanks, preparing to ambush allied supply trucks.
Before the war, private Jesse Owens, was a product of segregation and racial discrimination. Forced by law to ride in the back of the bus and disenfranchised from the political process. Now, Owens fights the greatest tyrant in history, knowing the tyranny of racism will be waiting for him back home if he can survive the war.
With a deadly game of cat and mouse quickly unfolding, Owens and his predominantly white tank crew find themselves out-gunned and out-manned by the German Panzer tanks. Several in Owens’ crew are reluctant to put their faith in a black tank driver despite their dire circumstances. As the German tanks bear down on his unit, Owens has to fight for freedom on two fronts. With tension and fear beginning to manifest Owens knows they must put aside their differences to stop the enemy from their deadly plan. Knowing that a victory over the Nazis means a victory for racial justice, Owens and his men find a way to work together to save hundreds of lives in a desperate battle against the greatest odds they have ever faced.
This film features Alex Boye in his theatrical film debut, along with Matt Meese of Studio C. And to celebrate this release—and get you prepped and ready to watch it, we are giving away a DVD combo pack with Saints and Soldiers, Volumes 1 &2. To enter, all you have to do is complete the information below.