GERMAN ARMY TRAINING FILMS, PART II:
This DVD consists of four presentations:
OKH Lehrfilm 433 - Gesundheitspflege in den warmen Landern: I especially appreciate this informational film put out by the Afrika Korps in 1943, because I live in the desert and the advice about how to deal with sanitation; local hygiene; venomous animals and the heat are spot on correct. Of course, this might all have been more help had they filmed it, say, two years earlier when they landed in Libya and not in 1943, when they were just about wrapping things up in Tunisia. Nonetheless, it is a very entertaining and informative documentary, very much showing the human side of the German armed forces we so rarely get to see. I would rate the film quality as "very good VHS", though there is some audio-film synchronization problems here and there (but nothing very serious).
OKH Lehrfilm 451 - Manner gegen Panzer: Actually, this 1943 film designed to acquaint the frontline soldier with fighting on the Eastern Front, and very realistic in its depiction, is also part of another DVD we have put out. The quality in this version is not particularly good, but it is unique in that it is both subtitled in English and has a Russian voice-over translation, allegedly put out shortly after the War and later added to this film. If you speak German and Russian, as I do, it is rather entertaining comparing the translations. If you don't, no worry: the English subtitles are quite legible. Quality corresponds to "quite used VHS", but is watchable.
OKH Lehrfilm 463 - Stosstrupp aus der HKL - Unternehmen Gotz: This 1944 training film, also concerning operations on the Eastern Front and how to deal with them is in rather poor quality, but still watchable.
U-Boote am Feind: Is actually a US War Department film put together from captured German material about this service within the Kriegsmarine. The 1943 film, like the first film about the Afrika Korps, is poorly timed, in that by this time, the threat of the U-Boote was largely overcome and already about 75% of all such crews were sitting at the bottom of the Atlantic. Nonetheless, one can learn a lot about how German submarines and their crews worked and lived by watching this film. The quality of this film is the best of the lot. I would call it "excellent VHS quality", though, again, there are some audio-video synchronization problems.
Variable film and sound quality as listed.
119 minutes long.
DVD-R IS IN GERMAN, WITH AND WITHOUT SUBTITLES (see description)