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This is a 3 hour documentary mini-series, made for TV. The film is presented in 3 separate 1 hour segments. The film is well made. It was simulcast in Germany and Russia. This film was directed by a German. There is a lot of 8mm film made by the survivors. There are interviews with soldiers and civilians from both sides of the battle. There are many details of the battle that I was unaware of. The Russians lost over 500,000 soldiers and civilians. Sections of the destroyed city were isolated. Many people died from starvation and the severe cold. After the food ran out, they first ate the horses, then the dogs, then the cats; and finally, they turned to cannibalism. Both sides were in equal dire straits. Both sides held captive POWs. The prisoners suffered mightily. The German 6th Army was almost completely destroyed. The Germans lost over 200,000 soldiers. After the battle, about 100,000 German soldiers surrendered. When they finally were released to go home; only about 6,000 had survived captivity. During the battle, planes were able to land to assist the German Army. Officers went home on leave and returned to the battle front. Some of the German wounded were able to be flown out. But, many were left behind. While German soldier were cold and starving, German officers were warm and well fed. This was a staggeringly, brutal, grinding battle. The Germans initially could not surrender. They were ordered to fight to the last man. This happened after it was clear the battle was ultimately a lost cause. This was a very interesting WWII documentary.
[center][img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/movie/coverv/51/338351.jpg[/img] [left] A very good three part documentary on the German's siege and capture of Stalingrad. The documentary uses real footage and interviews with survivors in the re-telling of one of the most horrific and brutal conflicts of WWII. You can't help but have some sympathy for the German's that were left behind by Hitler to die horrible deaths, all for the sake of holding the city that was named for one of his greatest adversaries, Stalin. The survivors give first hand descriptions of the horror that took place in that city. Including Russian & German soldiers, and citizen's that were trapped in the besiege city. Both Stalin and Hitler had literally lost their minds and there was hell to pay by everyone but them. Warning: There are very disturbing images and stories. It is not for the faint of heart. [img]http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/4625/tomato1bx7.jpg[/img] [/left] [/center]
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