During the 3 episodes a number of letters are read by the narrator and some actors in order to portray different soldiers and civilians from both sides. But in fact, all the excerpts came from letters of German soldiers. The nationality of some people who wrote the letters and sometimes even the gender had been changed. See more »
Very good documentary with eye witnesses
This documentary gives very good insight in the battle of Stalingrad, the gruesome city combat and the blockade of the sixth german army. However, it is not for history buffs or strategic experts, as it focuses on personal experiences and the stories of some of the last living participants in this turning point of the second world war.
Written by one of the precursors for popular history shows on german Network TV, Guido Knopp, the pattern for the three-part show is similar to his other releases: archive footage of the actual events is combined with testimonies of former soldiers or other participants of the war.
This gives the documentary a very personal note, with some of the german soldiers, now well in their eighties, bursting into tears while remembering their rescue from the encircled city. This first-hand report of the cruelties of war is what leaves viewers touched.
From what I know, this documentary is available in German only and is contained as an extra DVD to the 1993 movie "Stalingrad" by Joseph Vilsmair.
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