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DVD/VIDEO/FILM

Title Hitler's last army [videorecording] ; a film / by Jörg Müllner, Alexander Berkel ; created by Guido Knopp ; producer, Jörg Müllner.

IMPRINT First released: [Germany?] : History MEDIA GmbH for ZDF 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 2 epis.3-4  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 videodisc (52 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Series Germany's war - apocalypse (Television programme) ; episode 3.
NOTES e-gx--- e-ur---
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS-TV programme broadcast 25/06/05. Copied under Part 5A of the Copyright Act 1968.
Colour recording system: PAL ; Region all.
A production of History MEDIA GmbH for ZDF in association with The History Channel ... [et al.]'
Contents Copyright notice: Commonwealth of Australia. Copyright Regulations. 1969. Warning.
Credits Document and research, Gavriil Koultchitski ; editor, Sven Ritzkowski ; music, Enjott Schneider ; English version, script and subtitles: Rosamund Ziegert, Elena Mikhailik, Keith McLennan
Performers English version, narrator, Alastair Duncan.
Summary A recount of the collapse of Hitler's last army, which was depleted and exhausted, after over five years' war. At the height of the Red Army threat, the front was held by inexperienced child soldiers. By February 1945, the Russians were well-established on the Oder front, readying themselves for a major assault on Berlin, just 60 kilometres away. Both Hitler and Goebbels still insisted on holding and defending the Oder Front at all cost, resorting to newsreel propaganda to put on a show of confidence. Stalin's dateline of 16th April for the offensive, and capture of Berlin by 1st May, went according to plan, using superior armed forces. The German army was finished, though newsreel propaganda depicted otherwise. The end came on 1st May, when the remnants of Hitler's army headed west towards the Elbe, with civilians in tow, to surrender to the Americans, hoping for better treatment. Many others were killed or captured and sent to Siberia; while scores were reported missing in action.
Draws on newsreels and selected archival footage to recreate the battle scenes, showing the conditions of the German army, in contrast to the Red Army. Footage also of the destruction of Berlin and its inhabitants, in its dying days. Includes aerial maps showing the German Oder front, and Red Army advance. The story draws also on personal narratives of participants of the war, experiences of civilians caught up in it. With 60 years of peace, survivors now lead normal lives, and are able to forgive and forget, with time.
System notes DVD.
Language notes Closed-captioned in English. Personal narratives/dialogues in German and Russian, with English subtitles.
Local note ERC DVD copy is recorded with: Episode 2. The end in Berlin.
Other author Müllner, Jörg.
Berkel, Alexander.
Schneider, Enjott, 1950-
Knopp, Guido, 1948-
Ziegert, Rosamund.
Mikhailik, Elena.
McLennan, Keith.
Duncan, Alastair.
Subject Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945
Goebbels, Joseph, 1897-1945
Stalin, Joseph, 1879-1953
Germany. Heer -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Soviet Union. Raboche-Krestʹ︠i︡anska︠i︡a Krasna︠i︡a Armi︠i︡a -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
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 -- Poland
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 -- 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 End in Berlin