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22 June 1978 (USA) See more »
Documentary film history of the Nazi-Soviet conflict in world War II. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast [1])

Burt Lancaster ... Himself (unknown episodes)

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Roman Karmen (unknown episodes, 1978)
Isaac Kleinerman (unknown episodes)
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Rod McKuen (unknown episodes)

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Isaac Kleinerman .... executive producer (unknown episodes)

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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 Released in 1978, The Unknown War, sympathetic to the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany, was quickly withdrawn from TV airings after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.See more »


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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Highly recommend this documentary, 1 November 2005
Author: kahare-2 from United States

Watching many documentaries about WWII is like watching the Olympics on network TV, you usually are limited to watching the US in the games. When the best indoor volleyball game is Spain against Poland, you get to watch the US against any other country.

The 2nd world war was a "World War"! Lot's of prominent action did not involve the United States directly. Many other countries such as Canada, Australia and Iceland made significant contributions. Where are their stories? I'm sure that New Zealand's efforts are well known at home, but not told to those of us here in the US who are interested in the bigger picture.

This documentary brings an acute understanding of the Russian loss of life and property in comparison to that of the US. Are we so parochial that we cannot, after 60 years, offer sympathy and credit, where it is due, to the enormous effort of the Russian people?

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