Mikhail Romanov (Lumberjack) - a former Major General, who fell under the knife of Stalin's purges in the army and was sent to the camps. At the beginning of the war, he was sent to the front in Belarus along with other convicts. As part of the reinforcement, he was sent to the location of the 63rd rifle corps, which had just been encircled in the area of the river Drute. The corps was commanded by an old friend of the Romanov commander Leonid Maltsev. German commando group led by Lieutenant Colonel Hermann seizes a strategic bridge across the river, cutting off the last link to the corps with units of the regular army.Written by
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The Last Armored Train
World War 2, in the early stages of Operation Barbarossa, the Third Reich commandeered a special force called "Brandenburger". An Elite formation of Paratroopers, not unlike todays Navy Seals, Green Barets, Spetznatz etc. The mission of this particular Paratrooper unit is to size river bridges behind the soviet lines, before the retreating Soviet Army can destroy them. However, a Russian armored Train in their sector remains to keep a thorn in their side. Where the whole Russian front line seems to collapse in the eve of the fascist juggernaut, this Armored Train must be eliminated at all costs. I really enjoyed the computer enhanced graphics in the first quarter of the movie, seeing German Gliderplanes coming down on the unsuspecting Russian defenders. Also special Branderburger teams dressed in Russian uniforms trying to terminate any Russian communication Officers. Usually this ploy keeps being successful a number of times in the row. Until they are being met be a few individual Russian Soldiers from very different backgrounds, consolidating in resistance around the Armored Train. The action scenes are breathtakingly amazing, the weaponry chosen by historical refined experts. It works all very well together. Never seen 44 mm Anti Tank Guns (A typical standart AT weapon at this period) in action before. Really didn't know how they operated and worked in action. The action scenes with the AT guns are very good. The only drawback in this movie was the Hollywood predicability ,starting in the last third of this film. Russian movie makers are falling here in the same trap as most Hollywood films, using Formula's. The end felt very formulated indeed.
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