On the morning of June 6th, 1944, American and Allied soldiers approached the coast of France. One of the most bloody battles occurred on Omaha Beach. Over 2000 American soldiers lost their lives that day. Despite failures in the attack plan, poor weather conditions, and one of the most heavily fortified German strongholds, the Germans were defeated through the bravery and determination of our troops. At the end of the day, the American and Allied forces overcame and secured the Normandy coast.
Richard Hammond wanted to recreate this day, in as much realism as possible for BBC 2′s Timewatch program. Amazingly, he and two friends using only the equipment they could load into their car (they didn’t even have prop gun for one of them!), spent 4 days filming on Omaha beach. They set up green screens, took pictures of some of the artifacts, and got lots of exersise running and climbing around the beach. After all, three people have to reccreate the actions of thousands of American soldiers.
Back in London the work began. Effects were created, 3-D CGI models were built and rendered. Eventually, this small group was magically transformed into a dedicated American invasion force. Watch the video, and see how they did it, and the finished product. Quite an impressive result. Understanding what our forces overcame in order to protect us and our Allies, this is why we honor them on this day.