The Russian Front: The Battles for Berlin
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(Aug 07, 2007)
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This volume covers the fi nal phase of the war, as the mighty Red Army rolled back the tide of German conquests and surged on the gates of Berlin, the very heart of Nazi Germany. CHAPTERS Introduction * The German Army Struggles * Russian Defi ance * The Red Army Advances * The Crimea * Encirclement At Minsk * Hitler Goes Into Hiding * German Casualties * Retreat to the Capital * Prisoners of War Approx run time: 48 min. NTSC, Color & B&W.
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It covers almost two years of conflict on the Russian front, from the Kursk battle in July 1943 to the Berlin battle in April 1945, with sidelines to operations in Sicily (July 1943), Italy (September 1943) and Normandy (June 1944). Such an amount of material is difficult to cover properly in a short video:
- Those familiar with the subject matter will be disappointed by the lack of details: for example, the battle of Berlin is quickly glanced over and Konev with his 1st Ukrainian Front (the southern pincer to Zhukov's 1st Belorussian Front) is not even mentioned;
- Those using this video as an introduction to a summary of the Eastern front will likely be overwhelmed by the numerous details which are not properly coordinated (Kursk, Orel, Belgorod, Kharkov, Smolensk, Dniepr, Leningrad, Warsaw, Finland, Courland, Balkans, Oder, Neisse, etc) because of a lack of maps.
The video concludes with interesting statistics about the cost of the war to the Soviets, but does not analyze the cost to the Germans, which I found one-sided. The treks of refugees from East Prussia, Pomerania and Warthegau are not mentioned, nor are the reprisals of the Red Army on the German civil population (see Kershaw The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler's Germany, 1944-1945, Beevor The Fall of Berlin 1945).
As with the other DVDs in this series, the interviews with Professor Erickson (author of The Road to Stalingrad (Cassell Military Paperbacks) and The Road to Berlin (Stalin's War with Germany Volume II) (Cassell Military Paperbacks)) are not properly synchronized with the narration of the video: Erickson discusses 1944 when the video narrates 1943.