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DRIVING TO D-DAY

Year: 2010

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 52 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Stuart Scowcroft

Produced By: Stuart Scowcroft

Language: English

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30 dedicated Australians drive through history in lovingly restored antique military vehicles to commemorate the liberation of Europe at the end of World War Two.

On 6 June 6 2009, tens of thousands of people from all over the world invaded the beaches of Normandy. They came in ships, in landing craft, military vehicles and motor bikes, aeroplanes and on foot. This was a modern invasion to commemorate an earlier invasion - marking the 65th anniversary of the landings in France that began the liberation of Europe and the end of World War Two. In the midst of the new arrivals were 30 slightly eccentric Australians. They had crossed the world to be there. But they didn't just fly in as tourists or sightseers: they drove from Istanbul in Turkey across the whole of Europe in veteran military vehicles of World War Two, visiting the battlefields of Europe that have meant so much to the ANZACs.

Led by adventurer, Lang Kidby, the convoy of enthusiasts came from all over Australia and New Zealand. All were united by their passion for their beloved veteran military vehicles. The film not only documents their travels but also observes their detailed restoration and maintenance of the vehicles which probably had never looked so good!

EXTRAS [50 mins]

• Interviews with Lang Kidby and Mike O'Sullivan
• Mike O'Sullivan flies his spitfire
• Deleted Scenes

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