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Documentary - 2/8/2011 6:32:57 PM   


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Not a replacement for a good book, but probably the best documentary I've found on youtube in regards to the Eastern Front. Doesn't address Kursk or Leningrad in any depth, but some great interviews, in particular with regards to the partisan fighting. Some very disturbing scenes, so viewers beware. The scene of the German soldiers throwing scraps to Soviet prisoners is quite disturbing. You could definetly do worse for 3 hours.
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RE: Documentary - 2/8/2011 6:54:06 PM   

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Yes, it's a great series. I have the DVD and have watched it over and over in the past. I love all the classical background music in the series too!

Another great series is Battlefields! Here's a link to Stalingrad (unfortunaely 1/12 was removed due to copyright laws , but 2-12 are still there )

A friend of a friend 'HoustonGD' has has a great repository of WWII content posted to youtube.

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RE: Documentary - 2/8/2011 10:24:12 PM   


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Thanks for the link, indeed a great series.
Only the comments written there... geesh, maybe they should hire moderators there too.

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RE: Documentary - 2/9/2011 3:01:23 AM   


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Due to the highly patriotic and controversial nature of WWII (particularly the Eastern Front) 90% of comments are usually utter rubbish. I think the reason I like this documentary so much is because the makers seem to be captivated by the very same thing I am, the shear bleakness of the situation. People: partisans, civilians, soldiers, generals what have you, caught between two monstrous and inhuman machines. In the most bizzarre and paradoxical way, to me the eastern front is fundamentally about humanity, precisely because it is so inhumane. It is odd that to me the most disturbing scenes are not about death and destruction, which we assume is par for the course for the Eastern front, or even the massacres or murders. Its the banal cruelty, soldiers throwing scraps to a multitude of prisoners, soldiers telling a six year old child begging for food to wait and then giving him a sack of excrement, calling a liberated prisoner a whore and then sending her to prison for six years as a traitor. And those people who survived had to rencounter their humanity and dignity afterwards, which in and of itself is a pretty beautiful thing, when you consider just how much they all suffered.

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RE: Documentary - 2/9/2011 7:51:24 AM   

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Hi guys- why not just download it with bittorrent...

The series seems to be in the same vain as the "the Nazis"- another great series.

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RE: Documentary - 2/9/2011 8:36:48 AM   

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Battlefield Series  The Battle For Russia.

Unfortunatly in the Uk this episode is hardly on the TV anymore and its soooo hard to get it on DVD.



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RE: Documentary - 2/10/2011 3:03:47 PM   

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Battlefield Series  The Battle For Russia.

Unfortunatly in the Uk this episode is hardly on the TV anymore and its soooo hard to get it on DVD.



Amazon has it for 16.99 USD.

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RE: Documentary - 2/10/2011 3:13:54 PM   

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I recall seeing a documentary on PBS narrated by Burt Lancaster called The Unknown War. Don't know it it's still available.

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RE: Documentary - 2/10/2011 3:34:31 PM   

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Only problem is Im in UK and need it PAL not NTSC, but thanks anyway.


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RE: Documentary - 2/10/2011 6:04:16 PM   


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(in response to Shellshock's comment about the series The Unknown War)

That was a great series. They re-aired them 10-15 years ago and I was able to tape them all (I think all - I even stopped taping at the commericals). Unfortunately they aired them out of order, but that's OK.

I've looked for them on DVD now and again and haven't been able to find them.

On an unrelated note I recently got the World At War DVD set. Over the years I'm certain I've watched all of them. This - and the fact that the series is pushing 40 years old - meant that I never seriously buying the set. Anyway, it was a gift and I'm really enjoying them. I'm really liking the interviews - people who were there at the time (often highly placed) who are now long gone. It's fun to watch an interview of someone you've never heard of before and find out more about them (and what happened to them after the interview) via Wikipedia, etc.

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