The Old Bridge over the Fraser River has seen a lot in its 100 years+ existence – stagecoaches, Model Ts and joggers “doing the bridges” on their 10 kilometre-runs on the Old Bridge and the newer Bridge of the 23 Camels.
But jack-booted German “soldiers” toting rifles for a re-enactment of a Second World War battle? That’s different.
A film crew took over the historic structure Dec. 17 and 18 to film scenes for a TV documentary series on post D-Day battles and the final days of the Second World War.
The Old Bridge was used as a stand-in for a bridge over Germany’s Rhine River. In the final days of the war, Hitler’s army slowed the advancing Allied forces by destroying bridges over the Rhine before the structures could be seized and used by the Allies, who were in a race to capture the German capital of Berlin.
The first indication most Lillooet residents had of the filming on the bridge was the smoke billowing above the structure on Dec. 17. Smoke machines continued to pour on the smoke the following day as well.
Producers of the film told the News they are contractually not permitted to comment on the filming.