A WW2 documentary on the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter/bomber pilots in missions (Operation Strangle) from their base in Corsica to Northern Italy in 1944, destroying railroads, bridges, trains, vehicles and hard targets.
In this installment of the "Why We Fight" propaganda series, we learn about the events on the Russian front of World War II. We learn about Russia's heroic resistance to invasion in the past and how those qualities were called upon in the current war. We also learn about Russian tenacity and their determination to win against the seemingly invincible forces of Nazi Germany in the bloodiest fighting of the war.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm <email@example.com>
This documentary is the longest film in Frank Capra's seven-film 'Why We Fight' documentary film series. See more »
A version exists where the film is divided into two parts because of its length. There are extra titles to explain this division, and a short recapitulation of Part I is found at the beginning of Part II. See more »
Well made but one of the most bizarre propaganda films you'll ever see
Part of Frank Capra's "Why We Fight" series of documentary/propaganda films, this film details Russia' involvement in WW2. We see Russia's geography, industry, people, history of repelling invaders and WW2 history.
One of the most bizarre propaganda films you'll ever see: an American film praising Russia. Yes, the US and Russia were allies at the time but the relationship was never that friendly or admiration-filled. Stalin's regime was as reprehensible as Hitler's and the US largely knew this. However, common enemies breed strange bedfellows and Russia with the US (and Britain) would be one of the strangest.
It is well made though. Good use of historic war footage plus dramatizations together with great editing make for a seamless feel to the film. Narration is of the propaganda variety, though you can imagine the narrator having to grit his teeth through some of the pro-Russian bs.
As far as historic accuracy goes, well it is a propaganda film: Russia is made out to be a benevolent democracy (almost) and Stalin a great, friendly leader (rather than a genocidal tyrant). No mention of Russia involvement in the invasion of Poland and their lack of preparation for Germany's invasion is painted as a planned strategy and masterstroke - defence in depth. The broader events are reasonably accurately reported.
Most importantly, the quality that did the most to help Russia win on the Eastern Front is captured - the perseverance and tenacity of the Russian people and their undying resolve to rid themselves of the invader.
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