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 Released in 1978, The Unknown War, sympathetic to the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany, was quickly withdrawn from TV airings after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.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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wonderful series
30 May 2007 | by (Moscow (Russian Federation)) – See all my reviews

It's wonderful series about war against Nazis in Russia. We call this war - Great Patriotic War. Then all people went against Nazis, they enlisted the Soviet Army and were ready to fight and protect their motherland till the last drop of blood. One of the commanders who defended Moscow at the beginning of this war in 1941 said: "Russia is great but there is no place to retreat as Moscow is behind us". This war took 27,000,000 of lives (and this figure is inexact). In the last film of the series "The Soldier of Unknown War" Burt Lancaster says "There is no such family in Russia which wouldn't lose its member during the war". He is really right. Fathers, brothers, daughter, husbands who were only 16-25 years old by the beginning of the war wanted to protect the country and they came from all cities, towns and the deepest corners of the country to become soldiers, fighters, defenders.... They died for their motherland... They didn't come back to their mothers, children, wives.... But they knew what they were dying for.... Concerning my family... My great-grandfather died in 1943, my grandfather became soldier when he was only 14 years old, he survived and met the news about Victory in Austria. This war is very sacred for us because in 1940's it touched every family and every person even till now. We thank our veterans. Unfortunately they died every year because of their age, but still they are very beautiful, full of good thoughts, still brave.... I am very glad as Russian and as the part of the generation of Russian people whose aim is to pass the story about this war to the next generation (as our parents and grandparents passed it to us) that this series is very truly and full of respect to the veterans of ALL armies who fought against Nazis.... Even I, who was born 37 years after the end of the war, still can't stop crying when I watch the series "Unknown war" as I can't stop crying when I see any other military chronicles of 1939-1945 period....

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