From D-Day to Dien Bien Phu – 2014

 First collaboration with Georges Guillot. For this movie, I have been location recordist for the scenes filmed in Vietnam. I’ve been using an Edirol R-4 with a Wendt X2 preamplifier, wireless sytem Audio Limited microphones with Sanken COS11 capsules and a KM 185 Neumann as boom microphone. Ambience was recorded with an OKTAVA MK12 couple.


From D-Day (June 6th 1944) on, over 200.000 german soldiers were arrested. The movie recounts and explains the times of detention of these german soldiers in France-based camps and later, for some of them, their joining the french foreign legion to fight in Indochina, in order to escape captivity.
Nowadays, 60 years after Dien Bien Phu where a great many of their brothers in arms were killed, former german legionnaires tell their story. A lot of them have been through captivity again in the Viet Minh camps.

Technical specs

Director : Georges Guillot
Production : La gaillarde Productions – France 3 Ouest
Producer : Noël Alpi
Camera and sound French part : Wilfrid Sempé and Gertrude Baillot
Camera Vietnam : Pham Hong Cuong
Location recordist Vietnam : Arnaud Soulier
Editing : Denis Le Paven
Mixer : Thierry Compain