Documentary film history of the Nazi-Soviet conflict in world War II.
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Sprawling, 20-part documentary history in film of the World War II conflict between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Companion book, The Unknown War, written by NYT reporter Harrison Salisbury. Each episode is about 52 minutes, similar in format to The World at War. The footage was edited from over 3.5 million feet of film taken by Soviet camera crews from the first day of the war, 22 June 1941, to the soviet entry in Berlin in May 1945. Most of these films have never been seen outside this documentary series. Narrated by Burt Lancaster. Chapters: 1. June 22, 1941; 2. The Battle for Moscow; 3. The Siege of Leningrad; 4. To the East; 5. The Defense of Stalingrad; 6. Survival at Stalingrad; 7. The World's Greatest Tank Battle-Kursk; 8. War in the Arctic; 9. War in the Air; 10. Partisans: The Guerilla War; 11. Battle of the Seas; 12. Battle of the Caucasus; 13. Liberation of Ukraine; 14. Liberation of Byelorussia; 15. From the Balkans to Vienna; 16. The Liberation of Poland; 17. The ... Written by Eric Novotny

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Produced with Soviet cooperation after the release of The World at War, which the soviet government felt paid insufficient attention to their part in World War II. Released in 1978, The Unknown War, sympathetic to the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany, was quickly withdrawn from TV airings after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. See more »

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I am glad I got this series when I did!
30 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a great series! Film footage I have never seen before and hosted and narrated by one of my favorite actors Burt Lancaster. The entire series is 20 episodes. There are a few interviews but it is mostly actual footage. If you want to get deep into the Rusian front then this series is for you! The episodes are as follows:

June 22 1941, The battle for Moscow, The siege of Leningrad, To the east, The defense of Stalingrad,Survival at Stalingrad, The world's greatest tank battle, War in the Arctic, War in the air,The partisans, The battle of the seas,The battle of the Caucasus, Liberation of the Ukraine, The Balkans to Vienna, The liberation of Poland, The Allies, The battle of Berlin,The last battle of the Unknown war, A soldier of the Unknown war.

I found that one person who was looking for this series did a Google search and they got it! They entered "Unknown war narrated Burt Lancaster". They read about a lady's search for the series and a recommendation of where to get it. There is a companion book that compliments this series also. I have also found that a double album was made about this classic series. The footage is from Russian cameras as well as German cameras. This is the end of the rainbow as far as the Russian front. It does not get any better than this. It really goes into detail but since the Russians made this series it is slanted toward the Russian point of view. All in all if you get a hold of this series you will not regret it. The actual footage with Burt Lancasters voice narrating is fabulous! This series is the "crown jewel" of my collection!


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