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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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An Overlooked, and Excellent documentary about WWII See more (15 total) »


 (Series Cast [1])

Burt Lancaster ... Himself (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
Zoya Fomina (1 episode, 1978)

Roman Karmen (unknown episodes, 1978)
Isaac Kleinerman (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
John Lord (1 episode, 1978)
Rod McKuen (1 episode, 1978)
Ivan Mendzheritsky (1 episode, 1978)
Fred Weiner (1 episode, 1978)

Series Produced by
Bruce Fogel .... associate producer (1 episode, 1978)
Isaac Kleinerman .... executive producer (1 episode, 1978)
Kalman Liebowitz .... associate producer (1 episode, 1978)
Series Original Music by
Vitali Geviksman (1 episode, 1978)
Series Sound Department
Igor Gunger .... sound (1 episode, 1978)
Series Music Department
Evgeniy Evtushenko .... lyrics: Russian (1 episode, 1978)
Mark Goldman .... music coordinator (1 episode, 1978)
Rod McKuen .... composer: additional music / lyrics (1 episode, 1978)
Bulat Okudzhava .... lyrics: Russian (1 episode, 1978)
Series Other crew
Pavel Kurotchkin .... historical consultant (1 episode, 1978)

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1040 min

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 Released in 1978, The Unknown War, sympathetic to the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany, was quickly withdrawn from TV airings after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.See more »


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29 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
An Overlooked, and Excellent documentary about WWII, 22 October 2005
Author: Eagle1280 from Louisville KY

I remember well this TV miniseries that ran in 1978 and 1979. My Grandparents and I would watch every episode and they would share WWII memories with me. This miniseries is highly detailed with excellent interviews with surviving field commanders, veterans and leaders from both sides. The episode about the Battle of Stalingrad where "the irresistible force met the immovable object," was unforgettable. This series was pulled from TV when the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1980. When I saw another recent movie entitled "Enemy at the Gates," starring Jude Law and Bob Hoskiss, I remembered this TV series and am surprised that it has not been released on DVD or VHS yet. I highly recommend this TV miniseries for anyone seriously interested in World War II and it would be perfect also for classroom usage. Let's all hope that this classic miniseries becomes available soon.

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