The Unknown War (1978)

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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 Released in 1978, The Unknown War, sympathetic to the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany, was quickly withdrawn from TV airings after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.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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a very good series
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Speaking as an American veteran of Vietnam and longtime amateur military historian, I think this is an excellent series. I taped it from a broadcast by a Los Angeles station in late 1987, and I'm glad I did. I wish I could get a copy on DVD.

The Soviet-German struggle was by far the biggest and most important component of World War II, and has long been overlooked by us Americans, who like to think WE won the war, more or less by ourselves.

We did, of course, in the Pacific theater, but in Europe we helped the Soviets crush Adolf Hitler. It's telling that an estimated 88% of German military fatalities in the war were caused by the Soviets.


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