AUP Films Presents


France '44: The Red Ball Express Documentary

Published on: September 3, 2020


“France ’44: The Red Ball Express” demonstrates how logistics led to the liberation of Europe and the demise of Nazi Germany. After controlling continental Europe for years, German defenders were rolled back by Allied forces until the devastated Third Reich was forced to capitulate in May 1945. This victory would not have been possible without an unrelenting Allied sustainment effort.

Intertwining current Army doctrine with the unheralded story of the predominately Black units of the Red Ball Express, this film examines the logistical successes and challenges sustainers encountered in the European Theater of Operations. Produced in collaboration with Combined Arms Support Command (CASCOM), “France ’44: The Red Ball Express” provides important sustainment lessons for supporting large-scale combat operations that remain relevant today.

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