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War of the Century

Synopsis
Documentary series looking at the reasons behind, and the course of, the war between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, resulting in 30 million deaths. In four parts: 1) High Hopes: uses recently declassified documents and eyewitness reports to piece together details of Hitler’s plans to invade the Soviet Union and the horrors of the early months of the war. Presents new evidence that Stalin contemplated suing for peace in late 1941; 2) Spiral of Terror: first-hand testimony recalls the bloodshed of the battle for Moscow, with both Stalin and the the German forces responsible; 3) Learning to Win: the Battle of Stalingrad - in 1942 the exhausted and demoralised Soviets routed Hitler’s advancing forces by fighting on the retreat; 4) Vengeance: in the summer of 1944 Germany suffered huge casualties against Stalin’s troops in Byelorussa; in April 1945 violent retribution follows Germany’s defeat.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. b&w/col. 2 x 160 min.
Year of production
1999
Availability
out of distribution
Notes
Broadcast on BBC2 from 5/10/99.
Subjects
History
Keywords
Hitler, Adolf; Nazi Germany; Soviet Union; Stalin, Josef; World War II

Credits

Director
Laurence Rees

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Home Video

 

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