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Dick Winters leadership documentary to premiere in central PA

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Oct 12, 2012 7:28 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A documentary honoring the late Major Richard Winters is set to debut in the midstate next week.

The World War II Foundation will premiere its film "Dick Winters: Hang Tough," during three events in Lancaster, Lititz and Annville. A trailer of the work is available.

The Lancaster County native became one of the most well-known WW II veterans when he exploits during the war were profiled in the book Band of Brothers and the HBO miniseries of the same name. He passed away in January 2011 at the age of 92.

This past June, on the 68th anniversary of the D-Day invasion, the foundation dedicated the Major Richard Winters Leadership Monument in Sainte Marie-du-Mont in Normandy, France. It honors the leadership shown by all U.S. junior military officers on June 6th, 1944.
The film, narrated by Band of Brothers actor Damian Lewis, will make its world premiere in Franklin & Marshall College's Barshinger Center for the Musical Arts, Thursday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m. Winters graduated F&M in 1941, before enlisting in the U.S. Army. Lewis portrayal of Winters in the miniseries won critical acclaim.

It will also be shown that night at the IMAX theatre at Penn Cinema in Lititz at 7:00 p.m. and on October 21st at 6:00 p.m. at the Allen Theatre in Annville. For tickets, contact Penn Cinema at (717) 626.7720. Or the Allen Theatre at (717) 867-3545.

"We couldn't think of a better leader to honor," says filmmaker Tim Gray, chairman of the World War II Foundation. "Dick Winters led men from the front. He combined leadership qualities with concern for the well-being of his troops. His troops would tell you he's a guy that they would have followed into hell, because they realized if they followed him, they would have a chance to live."

The documentary includes never-before-seen interviews with Winters, as he discusses the qualities needed to be leader and his relationship with the people of France.

Winters became the leader of E "Easy" Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, when his commanding officer was killed during the D-Day invasion. He led an attack at Brecourt Manor, near Utah Beach to destroy a battery of German artillery. The successful assault is credited for helping to clear the way for American forces landing on the beach. For his actions, Winters received the nation's second-highest military honor, the Distinguished Service Cross.

F&M has created the Major Dick Winters '41 Award for Perseverance & Leadership, an annual honor to recognize a student who demonstrates the greatest leadership, determination and strength of character.

The F&M event is free, but tickets are required and seating will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are available at the Roschel Box Office, noon to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or at 717-358-7193; or online. A will-call table will be open at Barshinger for ticket pickup beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the film. witf is proud to be a media sponsor for this event.

Watch a trailer for the film on YouTube.

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