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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.

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Frank Capra (uncredited), Anatole Litvak (uncredited)
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Cast

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

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 November 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:

Russia

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Connections

Follows The Nazis Strike (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 5
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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WW2 Capra
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Battle of Russia, The: Part 1 (1943)

Battle of Russia, The: Part 2 (1943)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The IMDb lists this as a single movie but I'm breaking it into two since it was originally released as two parts. Frank Capra once again shows us the history of Russia in various wars plus how they fought the Nazis during WW2. This here was probably the least interesting of all the Capra docs from this period. Part one focuses on the early years of Russia and I found the storytelling quite dull and tiresome. Part two picks up with WW2 but again, I found it rather tiresome even with the actual war footage.


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