Updated and improved as of January 2017, this revised disc includes subtitling which does not extend three lines without being split; tighter and cleaner translating; and some video improvements.
Our translations of Die Deutsche Wochenschau newsreels covering the events, mainly in Europe, from September to October 1943 with first hand film reports. Each part has variable film quality based on the original films it shows. Overall, we would say the quality would correspond to a range of well worn VHS to very good DVD quality. There may be some sound or picture issues on parts of the film.
SOME OF THE TOPICS COVERED:
- Second Anniversary of the French Volunteer Legion in the battle against Bolshevism
- Rally for the wounded in Gorlitz
- German minelayers in the Arctic Sea
- German reinforcements advance through northern Italy
- German troops take Rome
- The Allies land in Salerno
- Mussolini is rescued from captivity by Otto Skorzeny
- Celebration in Tallinn of the 2nd anniverary of the liberation of Estonia from Bolshevik rule
- Dutch volunteers of the Waffen SS take the oath
- Glieder pilot Jachtmann breaks the world record for glider flight
- Orderly withdrawal over the Dnieper and blowing up of left behind war materiel and installations
- Evacuation of the Kuban bridgehead
- German and Rumanian Stukas attack advancing Soviet units
- Dr. Sauerbruch receives the Ritterkreuz to the Kriegsverdienstkreuz with Swords
- A school for training female leaders in the RAD
- Instruction at a motor sports’ school of the NSKK
- Shock troop operations by Luftwaffe soldiers near Leningrad
- An armored train and Panzerspahwagen in the battle against partisans
- Securing the coastline of the Sea of Azov
- Hauptmann Rudel’s unit celebrates his 1500th Stuka mission
- Evacuation of Corsica
- Occupation of Corfu and Albania
THE BATTLE FOR OUR SOVIET UKRAINE (69 MIN):
A Soviet view of current events: The Germans and their allies have been defeated at Stalingrad. The Red Army has finally begun a sustainable counteroffensive. After the Battle of Kursk in July 1943, the tide has definitively turned against the Germans and they will no longer be able to launch a large offensive operation against the Soviets again. This film was made sometime in September/October 1943. It is undated, but Kharkov has been liberated (September 1943: again and for the last time) and Kiev has not yet been taken back (November 1943). This film briefly traces pre-War history in the Ukraine, the German invasion and the battles to take it back. All the historical facts you would not expect to see in a Soviet film -- the massive battlefield errors and losses by the Soviets; the huge numbers of prisoners taken; the unpopularity of the Soviets and the collaboration of the locals; etc. -- you won't see here. In this film, all Ukrainians are victims, none collaborated. The Ukraine flourished under Soviet rule. They are welcomed back by all during "liberation" and the 15,000 Jews in Kharkov executed by the Germans are referred to as "citizens". In spite of all that, however, the propaganda is pretty much kept to a minimum and there are scenes never before scene in the West -- including captured German material, which, although sometimes used in an incorrect chronological fashion, are knitted together with contemporary Soviet films quite well.
The film has hard-encoded Italian subtitles, which might be a little annoying underneath the thankfully-brighter-colored English subs (optional) and the film quality is decent.
REGION FREE. 133 MINUTES LONG
IN GERMAN WITH SWITCHABLE ENGLISH SUBTITLES.