Secrets of the Dead: Season 9, Episode 6

Deadliest Battle (20 May 2010)

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Previously secret Soviet accounts of the Soviet resistance to Germany's Operation Blue in 1942 overturn established assumptions about the course of the battles.


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Episode credited cast:
Himself - Narrator (voice)
Dan Gold ...
Narrator (UK version) (voice)
David M. Glantz ...
Himself - Author, The Stalingrad Trilogy
Himself - Chief of Military History, West Point (as Colonel Kevin W. Farrell)
Sergei Khrushchev ...
Himself - Senior Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University
Walter P. Guenther ...
Himself - German 6th Army (as Dr. Walter P. Guenther)
Wigand Wuster ...
Himself - German 6th Army (as Dr. Wigand Wuster)
Anatoliy Mereshko ...
Himself - Soviet 62nd Army (as Anatoly Merezhko)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ...
Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Stalin ...
Himself (archive footage)


Previously secret Soviet accounts of the Soviet resistance to Germany's Operation Blue in 1942 overturn established assumptions about the course of the battles.

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Good but the surprises were hardly surprising.
3 May 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This episode of "Secrets of the Dead" is an exceptional account of the battle for Stalingrad during WWII. However, one thing that struck me as odd was the show's assertion that it had some 'new evidence' that draws doubts as to Stalin's contributions to the Russians winning the battle. They assert that Stalin mismanaged the war badly. However, this is certainly NOT new—and documentaries for decades in the West have said that Stalin bungled the war. It seemed as if the show was trying hard to unearth some amazing new evidence when there really wasn't any. Stalin was an idiot and the Russians won in spite of him—no news here! But, if you can ignore this error, the rest of the show is quite nicely done—and manages to provide a nice overview in only about 50 minutes. For someone wanting to know how the Soviets won, it's an invaluable show—as it also would be for history buffs and documentary nuts (like myself).

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