Part of the rea­son for his­to­rian Marty Mor­gan be­ing such a stick­ler for the de­tails when as­sist­ing Sledge­ham­mer’s teams is that he spends a lot of his time on tour cor­rect­ing pop­u­lar mis­un­der­stand­ings. “Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan in­creased the amount of work I do lead­ing tours in Nor­mandy, but I spend al­most as much time talk­ing about it, and Band Of Brothers, as I do the things that ac­tu­ally hap­pened.” Top of the list is the movie’s open­ing scene, which shows the low­est ebb of the D-Day land­ings on Omaha Beach – which, in re­al­ity, lasted for barely an hour of a day-long bat­tle. “Sav­ing Pri­vate Ryan has left this lin­ger­ing im­pres­sion that the bat­tle of Omaha Beach was one big long slaugh­ter from start to fin­ish; that US troops were in ex­posed po­si­tions for hours upon hours be­ing killed by enemy fire. But it’s not what hap­pened.” Mor­gan also reg­u­larly dis­ap­points tourists who ask when they’re vis­it­ing Ramelle, the French town that plays host to the film’s fi­nal bat­tle. It doesn’t ex­ist.

Con­cept art shows a guid­ing prin­ci­ple for COD: WWII’s vis­ual style, which seeks to ac­knowl­edge that beauty ex­ists in the dark­est cor­ners WWII his­to­rian Marty Mor­gan played a vi­tal role in steer­ing the drive for au­then­tic­ity

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