Last summer 2010, I had the honor of accompanying six veterans from the First Special Service Force to the battlegrounds they fought on during the Italian Campaign of World War II. Also in company were their families and the families of other FSSF vets, and together - by wheelchair and through wild poppies - we re-traced the fading steps of the first-ever joint U.S. / Canadian military unit, of which my grandfather was also a member.
"We must love one another or die," wrote W.H. Auden in his famous poem titled "September 1st, 1939." In this spirit, this preview is being re-released today seventy-two years and some months later in anticipation of the film's premier at this year's FSSF annual veterans reunion in Edmonton, Alberta, this August 2011. This film will then be sold as a DVD by the FSSF veterans association with all proceeds going to the association.