The documentary, narrated by General Petraeus, will be one of two films released in 2019 by the WWII Foundation & Tim Gray Media commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day (Return to Pointe-du-Hoc narrated by Donnie Wahlberg will be the other).
The documentary focuses on Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s role in the protection of the Normandy coast from the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 and features a rare interview with Rommel’s son, Manfred, who was home with his mother and father in Germany on June 6, 1944 when the phone call came in notifying Field Marshal Rommel that the Allies had actually landed in Normandy.
Manfred was a young teenager at the time and already serving in the German army. The film will give viewers a different take on the events in Normandy and Field Marshal Rommel’s eventual forced suicide due to his alleged role in the July 20, 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler.
Filming for the documentary took place in Germany and Normandy, France, including extensive time spent at Field Marshal Rommel’s headquarters in Normandy at the beautiful chateau of La Roche-Guyon (featured in the 1960’s WWII classic The Longest Day).
The documentary will be the 23rd overall WWII film produced by the WWII Foundation. Previous and future narrators of the foundation’s films include: Tom Selleck, Bill Belichick, Matthew Broderick, Damian Lewis, Dan Aykroyd, Tim McCarver, Kyle Chandler, Gary Sinise and Donnie Wahlberg.