King Frederick II (aka "Frederick the Great") of Prussia is engaged in a major battle against the Austrian army at Kunersdorf, and things aren't going well. The Austrians are inflicting major casualties, and his army is beginning to crumble. Defeat seems inevitable when a combination of events gives him hope that he may pull victory from the jaws of defeat after all.
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The filming of the movie started in 1940, still during the Hitler-Stalin-contract. After Germany attacked the Soviet Union in June 1941 the portrayal of the Russian army was reworked and the scene had to be reworked to make them more negative. Especially the character of Sachar Tchernyshov was changed to more negative cliches, being portrayed as a greedy but simple-minded Russian while the actual Tchernyshov was the leader of a corp with 15000 men, which Czar Peter III of Russia gave to the Prussian King. See more
In the letter to Count von Finckenstein the king wrote that at the battle of Kunersdorf he had 48000 men and had less than 3000 men left. Eventhrought those are actual words from his letter to Finckenstein, Prussia actually had 49900 men at the beginning and lost 6000 men by death (including the injured men there were 19000 men lost). See more
King Frederick II
Yes, I have the gout. But not in my head.
The opening credits are shown below the monogram of Fredericus Rex. See more
Referenced in Das Leben geht weiter