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Title The assault on East Prussia [videorecording] : a film / by Annette Tewes, Stefan Mausbach, Stefan Brauburger ; created by Guido Knopp.

Published First released: [Germany?] : ZDF Production in association with the History Channel [U.K.] ... [et al.], c2005. English version. [Sydney?] : SBS TV, c2005. Original released in series: Germany's war - apocalypse

Copies

Location Call No. Status
 UniM ERC DVD  940.5421 GERM/APOC  disc 1 epis.1-2  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
 UniM ERC DVD  940.5421 GERM/APOC  disc 2 epis.3-4  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 videodisc (51 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Germany's war - apocalypse (Television programme) ; episode 1.
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS-TV programme broadcast 11/06/05. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
Credits Editor, Wolfgang Daut ; music, Enjott Schneider; English version: script and subtitles, Felicity Mueller, Elena Mikhailik, Keith McLennan ; producer, Keith McLennan.
Performers English version, narrators: Alastair Duncan, Natasha Beaumont, Jake Downs.
Summary A reconstruction of the Soviet assault on East Prussia, the German eastern front; and German efforts to hold them back. The Red Army major offensive began in June 1944, advancing rapidly. By October, they were well inside Eastern Prussia. There was a brief lull in November. Then, on 12th January, 1945, the Russian attack on Hitler's Reich began, with a superiority of twenty to one. The Red Army advanced on a broad front, capturing important cities. The ban on fleeing was lifted, and in the scramble to escape, over a million civilians, mostly women, children and the elderly, paid dearly for the crimes of Hitler's Reich.
Most significantly, Königsberg, after being reduced to rubble, surrendered to Stalin on 27th April. For the people trapped in the city, it was a time of great suffering, as the Red Army continued to vent its hatred and revenge on all Germans for Nazi war atrocities. Sixty years on, the memories are still there, though the hate is gone, and hope remains. A far reaching outome is that old East Prussia no longer exists, and its former royal captial is now a Russian city, Kaliningrad. Its people have found new homelands
Recreation of the battle scenes, with aerial maps showing the German eastern front, the Baltic and Atlantic fronts, escape routes to the west, and Red Army advance. The story draws on personal narratives of participants of the war, experiences of civilians caught up in it, and selected footage from the newsreels and from the German, Polish and Russian national archives.
System notes DVD
Language notes Closed-captioned in English. Personal narratives/dialogues in German, Polish and Russian with English subtitles.
Local note ERC DVD copy is recorded with: episode 2. The Russians are coming!
Other author Tewes, Annette.
Mausbach, Stefan.
Brauburger, Stefan.
Knopp, Guido, 1948-
Schneider, Enjott, 1950-
McLennan, Keith.
Mueller, Felicity.
Mikhailik, Elena.
Duncan, Alastair.
Beaumont, Natasha.
Downs, Jake.
Subject Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953
Germany. Heer -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestʹ︠i︡anska︠i︡a Krasna︠i︡a Armi︠i︡a -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Germans -- Prussia, East (Poland and Russia)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Poland
Jews -- Poland -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front
World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Poland
World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians -- Poland
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, German
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Russian
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- Poland
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prussia, East (Poland and Russia)
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories
World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union
Poland -- History -- Occupation, 1939-1945
Prussia, East (Poland and Russia) -- History
Local series Russians are coming!