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Title Germany's war - apocalypse [videorecording] / created by Guido Knopp.


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 UniM Store  940.5421 GERM/APOC MJ28  disc 1 epis.1-2    AVAILABLE
 UniM ERC DVD  940.5421 GERM/APOC  disc 2 epis.3-4  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Uniform title Germany's war - apocalypse (Television programme)
Physical description 2 videodiscs (ca. 206 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS-TV programme broadcasts 11/06/05, 18/06/05, 25/06/05, 02/07/05. 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.
[disc 1.] episode 1. The assault on East Prussia ; episode 2. The Russians are coming! -- [disc 2.] episode 3.Hitler's last army ; episode 4. The end in Berlin.
Credits Editor (1) Wolfgang Daut, (2) Olaf Frackmann, (3-4) Sven Ritzkowski ; music (1-4) Enjott Schneider; English version: script and subtitles (1,2,4) Felicity Mueller, (1,3,4) Elena Mikhailik, (1,3,4) Keith McLennan, (3) Rosamund Ziegert ;producer, Keith McLennan.
Performers English version, narrators: (1-4) Alastair Duncan, (1,4)Natasha Beaumont, (1,4) Jake Downs.
Summary This four-part film revisits the Soviet apocalypse upon the German Empire. Footage of the rapid Red Army advance onto the German eastern front, capturing the easternmost territories; then steady progress onto the Elbe front; and finally the prize, Berlin. On 1st May, Labour Day, the Red Flag was flying over the Reichstag; and Hitler was dead. In the process, the Red Army wreaked havoc on the land and its people, revenge and reprisals for the Nazi blitz on Russia in 1941. Hitler's and his commanders' fanatical insistence on not surrendering, as their fronts and army collapsed in the face of the Red Army assault, was a hopeless denial of the truth.
A visual reconstruction which interweaves personal narratives of participants of the war, experiences of civilians caught up in it, and selected archival and newsreel footage. Includes also selected footage of Hitler and his commanders holding the line, with determination, and wielding propaganda to give false hopes of victory. Recreation of the battle scenes, with computer simulated aerial maps showing the German fronts, escape routes to the west, and Red Army advance.
Original Version First released: [Germany?] : ZDF Production in association with the History Channel [U.K.] ... [et al.], c2005. English version. [Sydney?] : SBS TV, c2005.
System notes DVD
Language notes Closed-captioned in English. Personal narratives/dialogues in German, Polish and Russian with English subtitles.
Other author Knopp, Guido, 1948-
Schneider, Enjott, 1950-
McLennan, Keith.
Duncan, Alastair.
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
Jews -- Poland -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Eastern Front
World War, 1939-1945 -- Children -- Germany
World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians -- Germany
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, German
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Russian
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- Germany
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories
World War, 1939-1945 -- Soviet Union
Poland -- History -- Occupation, 1939-1945
Prussia, East (Poland and Russia) -- History