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Title Monte Cassino [videorecording] / written and directed by Oliver Halmburger, Stefan Brauburger with the assistance of Stefan Mausbach ; producers, Carola Ulrich, Achim Seegebrecht.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Store DVD  940.5421 GERM MJ28  disc 1 epis.1-2    AVAILABLE
Physical description 1 videodisc (53 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Series As it happened
Germany's war - the liberation (Television programme) ; episode 2.
As it happened (Television program)
Notes Off-air recording of the SBS-TV programme broadcast 14/05/05. 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 Created by Guido Knopp ; editor, Ingo Guski ; music, Peter Richter ; English version: script & subtitles, Rosamund Ziegert, Luano Lorenzelli, Keith McLennan ; producer, Keith McLennan.
Performers English version, narrator: Alastair Duncan.
Summary A narrative of the fierce battle for control of the holy Monte Cassino, and the town of Cassino, both directly on the only suitable road to Rome. It draws on revisits to the scenes of fighting, aerial camera footage and maps showing battle strategies, and personal narratives of participants in the conflict. On 15th February, 1944, 222 Allied bombers flew to an unlikely target, with instructions to reduce it to rubble, because it was supposedly occupied by the Germans. The final assault on 19th May 1944, ended with their capture of the monastery. Unprecedented tonnes of bombs were dropped on the one building, completely destroying the foundation home of Benedictine Christendom, with some 1,500 years of history. Witnesses viewed it as a betrayal of western civilisation. Many of the 800 refugees sheltering in the monastery vaults, including monks, were killed. Next to fall was the town of Cassino itself. The Allies now controlled the road to Rome, and proceeded to capture it, on 5th June 1944, with all its cultural monuments intact. On the Allied side were commanders of the invasion -- H. Alexandar and Mark Clark, with plans to liberate as much of Italy as possible. On the German side, grim determination to hold the line and stop the Allied demands by Kesselring, under Hitler's orders. Eyewitness accounts are interwoven with selected footage from newsreels and from the American, British and German archives.
System notes DVD.
Original Version First released: [Germany?] : ZDF Production in association with the History Channel [U.K.] ... [et al.], c2004. English version. [Sydney?] : SBS TV, c2004. Original released in series: Germany's war - the liberation.
Language notes Closed-captioned in English; some personal narratives in German and Italian with English subtitles.
Local note ERC DVD copy is recorded with: Disc epis. 1. D-Day, the longest day.
Other author Halmburger, Oliver.
Brauburger, Stefan.
Ulrich, Carola.
Seegebrecht, Achim
Knopp, Guido, 1948-
Burchett, George.
McLennan, Keith.
Ziegert, Rosamund.
Duncan, Alastair.
Subject Alexander of Tunis, Harold Alexander, Earl, 1891-1969
Clark, Mark W. (Mark Wayne), 1896-1984
Kesselring, Albert, 1885-1960
Montecassino (Monastery) -- Siege, 1944
Allied Forces. Army Group, 21st
Germany. Heer -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Cassino, Battle of, Cassino, Italy, 1944
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Italy
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Western Front
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, German
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories
Italy -- History -- German occupation, 1943-1945
Italy -- History -- Allied occupation, 1943-1947
Local series D-Day, the longest day