Posted by Jeremy Shulkin
Tonight at 9:00 the National Geographic Channel will premier “The Wereth 11,” a movie about a group of African American soldiers caught behind enemy lines in Belgium. The rest of the story — like most war stories — is brutal.
There’s a local angle in all of this. The story was largely forgotten, even by the US military. West Boylston resident Christian de Marcken took up their cause, however, and was able to get a monument dedicated to them in Winchendon. Worcester Mag profiled de Marcken and the story of the Wereth 11 in a February 2010 cover story on African American veterans.
De Marcken says he’ll be watching tonight, and will give us his review tomorrow.
The trailer for the film:
Update: De Marcken said he liked what he saw, but suspects much of the movie was cut for television. “It was very factual. There was nothing you could say was stretched.”
“It ended abruptly, like it was missing something.”
De Marcken says he’s going to track down a copy of the full version and try to get in touch with the producer.