On 6 June, 1944, the largest seaborne invasion in history began, undertaken by the allied forces including the United States, Britain, and Canada. The invasion, commencing on what was code-named D-Day, began with an amphibious landing preceded by an airborne assault and naval bombardment.
The purpose of the invasion was to re-establish allied ground forces in western Europe, subsequently enabling the defeat of NAZI Germany in 1945 as allied Soviet forces joined from the east. (“Normandy landings,” 2014)
On June 1, 2014, NZ Warbirds and the NZ Military Reenactment Society conducted this re-enactment of one scene from the D-Day invasion. A Rolls-Royce Supermarine Spitfire joins the skies for the aerial assault along with several other historic airplanes and vehicles from WW-II.
Embedded with the invasion force, Peter “JXN” Mellalieu presents his newsreels from the first day of action.
From 4"45’: Spitfire executes “victory roll”.
Mellalieu, P. J. (2014, June 8). D-Day 70th Anniversary: NZ Warbirds 1944-2014 [photograph album]. Zenfolio | Peter Mellalieu’s Zenfolio Photograph Albums. Retrieved June 8, 2014, from http://petermellalieu.zenfolio.com/p866161767
Sound effects: SoundDogs.com. I must confess! My sound recording of the aeroplanes and battle scene was mostly inaudible due to a faulty connection between my Rode Shotgun microphone and Canon camera. I needed just four special effects tracks from SoundDog. Brilliantly authentic and cost effective. The sounds I used are Spitfire taxiing and takeoff sounds, a WWII battle, and an aerial dogfight.