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The Battle of Russia (1943)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History, War | 11 November 1943 (USA)
Documentary revealing the nature and process of the fight between the Soviet Union and Germany in the Second World War.


Frank Capra (uncredited), Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Ion Antonescu Ion Antonescu ... Self (archive footage)
Nikolay Cherkasov ... Alexander Nevsky (archive footage)
Anthony Eden ... Self (archive footage)
Alexander Edler von Daniels Alexander Edler von Daniels ... Self (archive footage) (as General Edler von Daniels)
Hermann Göring ... Self (archive footage)
Adolf Hitler ... Self (archive footage)
Miklós Horthy ... Self (archive footage)
Alfred Jodl Alfred Jodl ... Self (archive footage)
Kaiser Wilhelm II ... Self (archive footage)
Ye. Karrik Ye. Karrik ... King Charles XII of Sweden (archive footage)
Wilhelm Keitel Wilhelm Keitel ... Self (archive footage)
King Boris III King Boris III ... Self (archive footage)
King Michael ... Self (archive footage)
General Kosakov General Kosakov ... Self (archive footage) (as Col. General Kosakoff)
Maxim Litvinov Maxim Litvinov ... Self (archive footage) (as Maxim Litvinoff)


In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the events on the Russian front of World War II. We learn about Russia's heroic resistance to invasion in the past and how those qualities were called upon in the current war. We also learn about Russian tenacity and their determination to win against the seemingly invincible forces of Nazi Germany in the bloodiest fighting of the war. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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This documentary is considered a Second World War wartime propaganda documentary film of the United States. See more »

Alternate Versions

A version exists where the film is divided into two parts because of its length. There are extra titles to explain this division, and a short recapitulation of Part I is found at the beginning of Part II. See more »


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Impressing American documentary of the Russian part of the war
29 October 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is certainly not only one of the most singular documentaries ever made but also one of the best. Frank Capra and Anatole Litvak made it together, striking at the opportunity of documenting the fate of Russia in the war and catching an extensive and comprehensive picture of the Russian situation while it was fresh and still going on, concentrating on the siege of Leningrad and the battle of Stalingrad, ending with the definite turning point of the war. The entire documentary is dominated by Russian music, 75-80% Tchaikovsky with some moments of Shostakovich, Prokofiev and folk music. The account is effective and intelligent all the way, the film rolls on like the war without mercy in tremendous overwhelming realism, while at the same time there is much vital information here that never came across to the west. The only objection against the film anyone could have is the aggressive tone of the speaker, which is as hard as the war, - but even that fits into the picture. It's a great classic documentary for all time without any Hollywood embellishments or tricks, everything is documentary and true, and although it IS a propaganda picture, made to gain support for the Russian cause in the war from the public in the west, it's brilliantly done, and the glory of the victories and ordeals of Stalingrad and Leningrad WAS THERE and must never be forgotten.

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11 November 1943 (USA) See more »

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The Battle of Russia: The Nazi March Frozen See more »

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