Lipreader helps Tommies find their voice

‘They all seemed very positive, full of team spirit and jocular. Yet, as I was stunned to learn, many of them did not even survive the day of filming. I came away feeling a bit humble.’

Mr Robertshaw added: ‘Many of the men filmed were soon dead. Some were killed a little later that same day.

‘What we learned were, in some cases, almost the very last words of these Tommies.’


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Thank you for posting that Bravo_Bravo, it is a very moving read.

A stroke of genius to get the deaf lass to read their lips.


This was on TV recently in some documentary - Timewatch?. It was absolutely incredible how Jessica Rees - being deaf and with no particular knowledge of the military subject matter - correctly identified and mimicked the accents of the Lancashire guys. I don't know if any of you saw it, but it made the hairs stand up on my neck when she came out with all of this instantly-recognisable squaddie talk from the silent films - really spooky hearing guys doing their battle prep in a dialogue identical to the one we use today.
Any links to where we can hear what the blokes were saying, rather than read exerpts?
There is also a computer program which does the same thing -- they have used it to see what Hitler and others were saying in silent footage from the 30s and 40s. They then used a voice actor to lip-synch, basing his accident on the one confirmed piece of recording of Hitler in his normal speaking voice.

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