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Great Louisiana Maneuvers of 1941: The Winnfield Story (2004)



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Winnfield, Winn Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Louisiana Public Broadcasting

Date Issued: 2004-04-05

Duration: 00:28:26

Subjects: Louisiana Maneuvers | World War II | Military | United States. Army


  • Hatley, Lesa Narrator
  • Hatley, Donald W. Producer
  • Antilley, David, II Associate Producer
  • Chandler, Lonnie Lee Interviewee
  • Smith, Vara Interviewee
  • Shell, Dudley P. Interviewee
  • Emerson, Jim Interviewee
  • Pollacia, Nick Interviewee
  • Moran, Richard Interviewee
  • Stewart, Beth Interviewee
  • Harrell, Tracy Interviewee
  • Shell, Sarah Jackson Interviewee
  • Shaw, Marilyn Jackson Interviewee
  • Milam, Mary Nell Interviewee


This documentary from April 5, 2004, focuses on the Great Louisiana Maneuvers of 1941, the largest military training exercises ever held on American soil. It explores the impact of having 120,000 troops from the 2nd Army headquartered in Winnfield, Louisiana, and the role of the Louisiana Maneuvers in training 400,000 United States Army troops for World War II. It includes interviews with: Winnfield residents Lonnie Lee Chandler, Vara Smith, Dudley P. Shell, Jim Emerson, Beth Stewart, Tracy Harrell, Sarah Jackson Shell, Marilyn Jackson Shaw, and Mary Nell Milam; Nick Pollacia, historian; and Lieutenant Richard Moran of Camp Beauregard.