The Citadel Archives andMuseum has recently produced a 30-minute DVD on Gen. Mark W. Clark for visitors to view the life and legacy of this noted military leader. Rare film footage, photographs, documents and newspapers from Clark's collection highlight the production.
The production opens with a digitized map of Central Europe and the Mediterranean that serves as the backdrop for Clark's personal narration of the World War II Allied Campaigns in North Africa and Italy. Clark's narration was originally recorded in 1966 to coordinate with a sequence lighted photomural map of Europe.
The second part of the production focuses on Clark's role in history by giving an overview of his life. Divided into 13 sections, the production covers the periods of his youth, West Point through World War I, Between the Wars, World War II-North Africa, World War II - Italian Campaign, The Austrian Occupation, Korean War, The Citadel, Clark's family, and his decorations, dedications, publications and degrees.
"There is a continued public interest in General Clark's career as well as a resurgence of interest in World War II," said Jane Yates, director of the archives and museum and writer/director of this project. "Modern technology has enabled General Clark's personal narration and biography to be presented in a concise and visually interesting format."
Visitors to The Citadel Archives and Museum may view the Mark Clark audiovisual production during museum hours from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday though Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays.
On Oct. 26, 2004, Martin Blumenson, the noted military historian and author of Mark Clark, the Last of the Great World War II Commanders is scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m. in Bond Hall Room 165 as part of the Friends of the Daniel Library lecture series.