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Regional Filmmakers Spotlight: SEIZE & SECURE, THE BATTLE FOR LA FIÈRE
6 p.m. June 14

Featuring Q&A with Tessa Jagger and Seth Paridon of The National WWII Museum in New Orleans and Christina Melton, Deputy Director of Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Presented by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, in partnership with The National WWII Museum and Louisiana Public Broadcasting

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Seize & Secure: The Battle for La Fière sheds light on a relatively unexplored, but pivotal battle to secure a critical route inland for allied forces invading France on June 6, 1944. The fight for the La Fière causeway and bridge is regarded as one of the bloodiest small arms battles in U.S. military history.

It was fought for a small, stone river bridge, largely by paratroopers and glidermen from the 82nd Airborne Division who dropped, in advance, behind enemy lines and laid the groundwork for victory. Failure could have allowed Germans forces to smash the troops coming ashore in Normandy.

“This isn't just a great moment in the history of the US Army,” according to historian Rob Citino. “It's a moment that should make all Americans proud. La Fière is a battle for the ages.” Seize and Secure: The Battle for La Fière relies on the veterans who fought in the battle to retell the harrowing story. Documentary, 53 min., NR.