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A New WWII Animated Series Will Follow One Army Unit From The Invasion Of Italy To The Liberation Of Dachau
Netflix has greenlit a new animated series that will follow the Army’s 157th Infantry Regiment from the initial Allied landings in Italy to their advance through Europe during World War II.
Titled The Liberator, the four-part animated series is based off historian Alex Kershaw’s book by the same name and will be directed by Grzegorz Jonkajtys, known for his stylized work in Sin City, Pan's Labyrinth, and The Revenant.
The animated war drama will also be the first animated film to be produced using “a new patent-pending technology combining state-of-the-art CGI with live-action performance” according to a Netflix statement.
The series will closely follow the exploits and struggles of Felix Sparks, the commander of the 157th, “a National Guard unit comprised primarily of cowboys, Native Americans, and Mexican-Americans,” as he leads them on a 500-day odyssey across Europe during the height of World War II.
Sparks and his soldiers fought from the beaches of Sicily, through the mountains of Italy and France; weathered a brutal winter, and enemy attacks, on the border of Germany, before fighting tooth and nail through city streets in Bavaria.
However, it was at the concentration camp of Dachau that Sparks and the men of the 157th faced their most daunting challenge: After the 157th seized control of the camp, a number of unarmed German soldiers — by The Liberator's account, at least 17 — were shot in reprisal killings.
After the shooting began, Sparks rushed to the yard firing his pistol into the air to get the attention of his men, and to wave them off. "You couldn't think of a greater stress test for leadership than that, really," Kershaw told Investors Business Daily in 2013. "You see the very definition of integrity and leadership."
According to the interview Kershaw gave in 2013, it was this event — and Sparks' response in particular — that inspired him to write The Liberator, and subsequently, inspired the animated series.
So far, no date has been provided for when The Liberator will debut on Netflix, and the four-part series has yet to enter into production.
A group of vets are raising money for pay for a medal the Iraqi government awarded them, but never delivered
In June 2011 Iraq's defense minister announced that U.S. troops who had deployed to the country would receive the Iraq Commitment Medal in recognition of their service. Eight years later, millions of qualified veterans have yet to receive it.
The reason: The Iraqi government has so far failed to provide the medal to the Department of Defense for approval and distribution.
A small group of veterans hopes to change that.
For a cool $8.5 million, you could be the proud owner of a "fully functioning" F-16 A/B Fighting Falcon fighter jet that a South Florida company acquired from Jordan.
The combat aircraft, which can hit a top speed of 1,357 mph at 40,000 feet, isn't showroom new — it was built in 1980. But it still has a max range of 2,400 miles and an initial climb rate of 62,000 feet per minute and remains militarized, according to The Drive, an automotive website that also covers defense topics, WBDO News 96.5 reported Wednesday.
A doctor who treated accident victims has a radioactive isotope in his body. Russia says it came from his diet
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian authorities said on Friday that a doctor who treated those injured in a mysterious accident this month had the radioactive isotope Caesium-137 in his body, but said it was probably put there by his diet.
The deadly accident at a military site in northern Russia took place on Aug. 8 and caused a brief spurt of radiation. Russian President Vladimir Putin later said it occurred during testing of what he called promising new weapons systems.
Groundwater at the Air Force Academy is contaminated with the same toxic chemicals polluting a southern El Paso County aquifer, expanding a problem that has cost tens of millions of dollars to address in the Pikes Peak region.
Plans are underway to begin testing drinking water wells south of the academy in the Woodmen Valley area after unsafe levels of the chemicals were found at four locations on base, the academy said Thursday.