Operation Overlord: OSS and the Battle for France

The film tells the story of Allied special forces, Free French Forces, and the French Resistance whose daring exploits behind enemy lines changed the course of World War II.

  • Carl Colby
  • Carl Colby
  • Walker Lambert
  • Susan Strange
    Archival Research
  • Charles Pinck
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Genres:
    Military, world war ii, wwii, ww2, special forces, special operations, d-day, dday, american history, u.s. military, espionage
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Shooting Format:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Palm Beach International Mini-Movie and Film Festival
    Palm Beach, FL
    United States
    December 9, 2019
    Best Filmmaker & Best Historical Documentary
  • Best Shorts
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    Award of Merit (April 2020)
  • Global Shorts
    Los Angeles
    United States
    Special Mention (March 2020)
  • Montreal International History Film Festival
    June 4, 2020
    Canadian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Dumbo Film Festival
    New York
    United States
    June 9, 2020
  • The Telly Awards

    Craft Use of Archival Footage (Silver) & General History (Bronze)
  • Coronado Island Film Festival
    Coronado, CO
    United States
    November 11, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Loudoun Arts Film Festival
    Leesburg, VA
    United States
    September 11, 2020
    Best VA Short (Jury Award)
  • North Beach American Film Festival
    North Beach, MD
    United States
    June 26, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Southampton International Film Festival
    United Kingdom
    October 15, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Indigo Moon Film Festival
    Fayetteville, NC
    United States
    October 10, 2020
    Military Heritage Award
  • Capitol Hill Film Festival
    Washington, DC
    United States
    December 23, 2020
    Official Selection
  • Santa Monica International Film Festival
    Santa Monica, CA
    United States
    December 31, 2020
    Honorable Mention
  • National Short Fest
    Washington, D.C.
    United States
    December 4, 2020
    Official Selection
  • jellyFest
    Los Angeles, CA
    United States
    February 20, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Loudoun International Film Extravaganzen
    Alexandria, VA
    United States
    January 8, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Malibu Film Festival
    Mailibu, CA
    United States
    March 31, 2021
    Official Selection
  • American Presidents Film and Literary Festival
    Fremont, OH
    United States
    September 25, 2021
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Carl Colby

Carl Colby is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and President of Carl Colby Films, LLC. His production credits include films about Franz Kline, Willem De Kooning, Bob Marley, Frank Gehry, George Hurrell and Franco Zeffirelli, (an Emmy Award winner), among many other productions.

He produced a series of HDTV films for Sony to introduce all-digital HD video to audiences wordwide. The Astronomer’s Dream, Venus Unveiled, Jupiter the Giant and Destination Mars were produced in collaboration with JPL/NASA/Caltech.

He recently produced and directed "The Man Nobody Knew: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby," a feature-length documentary film on his late father and the evolution of the CIA from OSS in World War II to today.

Carl was born in Washington, DC, graduated from Georgetown University and lived in New York and Los Angeles before returning to Washington in 2003 to make "The Man Nobody Knew."

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Director Statement

As the free world confronts autocratic forces in the 21st century, this film is a timely and important reminder about the sacrifices made by America and its allies to defeat tyranny in the 20th century.