• Short Summary

    Russian and German films show different perspectives on the war in Russia.

  • Description

    Item title reads - German propaganda.

    Intertitle - 'The best laid schemes o'mice and men gang aft a-gley.'

    German propaganda pictures meant for neutral countries show nazi lifting a barrier whilst trucks and motorcycles and sidecars drive through. Various shots as nazi guns fire in Russia, we see buildings on fire and explosions going off. Soviet film shows them fighting back with antiaircraft guns.

    The nazi film shows an attack on a Russian aerodrome, with planes being destroyed and bursting into flames, but the British narrator says it was probably a decoy out in the open, and the planes were dummies. Various shots as two planes fire at each other, one spirals to the ground. M/S of big fire from wreckage on ground. In the Russian footage some good shots of antiaircraft guns firing at German planes.

    German footage shows captured or wrecked tanks from Russia, whilst the Russian footage shows the German losses. C/U of skull and crossbones motif. Various shots of nazis firing guns, M/S of big explosion, M/S as tower falls. Various shots of the Soviet army with tanks driving across the plains. Various shots of bridge destroyed by German fire. Various shots of German tanks and guns firing, soldiers walk through street with buildings on fire. Soviet planes fly overhead, and we see their tanks and soldiers in action.

    Cataloguer's note: the British commentary constantly mentions the evils of the nazi war machine and the propaganda aspect of the films.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    2K at Filmfinity, HD at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:02:27:00 / 01:07:14:00

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