London native to share recollections of WWII

A firsthand teenage perspective of World War II London will be shared at the opening of the fall Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution Fall Video and Vets Series.

Brookdale Community College, Route 520, Lincroft, will host the screening of the movie “I Was Monty’s Double” on Oct. 10. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the Brookdale campus in the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center, Twin Lights Room I. Parking is most convenient in lots No. 6, 7 and 1. According to a press release from the college, teenagers are encouraged to attend the presentation.

The Video and Vet Series highlights World War II period films and invites local veterans and individuals with a personal connection to discuss the real events portrayed.

Providing commentary on the movie and her personal experience will be Jackson resident Nola Jones.

Jones was attending high school and lived on the outskirts of London from 1939-45 during the Battle of the Bulge years. She will share her experiences and those of family relatives serving in the United Kingdom armed forces, notably, an uncle serving with Gen. Bernard Montgomery in North Africa.

“I Was Monty’s Double” is the story of how an ordinary man with no real confidence in himself and his abilities rises to a tremendous challenge because his country needs him. The story line finds a stumped British intelligence service facing the challenge of convincing the German High Command that they planned to invade France from North Africa in 1944. When a member of the service visits a military show and sees an actor impersonating Montgomery, commander of the D-Day land forces, an idea is born. Within days, the actor, Corporal Clifton-James, is recruited to impersonate Montgomery in the Mediterranean theater of war. His goal is to trick the enemy into thinking an attack is due from that area. Clifton-James plays himself in the movie which, at times, is as funny as it is serious.

“We are especially excited to have Ms. Jackson as our historical authority, to hear her perspectives regarding the accuracy of the film presentation and personal experiences. She will be available to answer questions from audience members,” said Paul Zigo, director of the Center for World War II Studies and Conflict Resolution.

The film is appropriate for all ages. The event fee of $5 includes light refreshments. To register, call (732) 224-2315 for event code XWWTS 141.