Made in 1945, this morale boosting Soviet documentary/propaganda movie is about the Battle of Kursk during WWII. It was produced by Eduard Bushkin, written by Moisei Belenki, and edited by F. Chicago with the help of consultants Lt. Cols. Verzhbitski and Popov. It shows the course of the battle which was one of the largest tank engagements of WWII, and a major defeat for the Wehrmacht.00:17 Map, showing the front line, with major Soviet-and German-held cities pointed out – Bryansk, Orel, Belgorod on the German side; L'gov, Kursk, Voronezh, Stary Oskol, Valuysk and others on the Soviet side.0:27 German pincer-style battle plan against Kursk and the general direction of German advance had this plan succeeded.0:45 Advancing (German) Pz-III and Pz-VI tanks0:54 A group of Pz-III traversing a defensive anti-tank moat 0:59 A column of Sd. Kfz. 250, trucks, led by a motorcycle1:05 German troops1:10German armored column 1:12German motorcycle troops1:15 Ju-88 bombers1:24 Soviet officers1:47 Soviet armored column of T-34 and possibly KV tanks 1:52 Soviet infantry moving, equipped with anti-tank rifles and PPSh or its predecessor. A Caterpillar D7 tractor towing a 76-mm divisional gun.2:03 Soldiers running in a trench 2:15 A row of 76mm guns. 2:24 Soviet infantry riding on a T-342:32 A political officer lecture 2:35 Soviet soldiers resting, writing letters before the battle2:46 A tank factory3:03 A train loaded with tanks and other military equipment 3:05 Nighttime artillery barrage. 4:01 a failed rocket mortar launch, the rockets can be seen spiraling out of control everywhere, followed by a successful rocket mortar launch.4:18 Burning Sd. Kfz. Elefant4:20 T-34s4:36 Sappers setting up antitank mines 5:13 a burning Pz-IV. Soviet infantry attacking.5:23 A medic evacuating a wounded soldier 5:38 A machinegunner attacking a Sd. Kfz. Elefant5:40 Destroyed German tanks (Pz-IV, mostly) and dead German infantry6:00 Il-2 ground attack planes are shown taking off, followed by the I-16 and Yak-3 interceptors.6:20 Destroyed German planes6:27 Soviet light tank with“For the motherland!” written on it6:40 A Maxim gun 7:00 evacuating wounded soldier. 7:10 T-34 and IS tanks7:45 Burning and damaged German tanks – Pz. III, Pz. IV8:15 German soldier (or actor) sits on a destroyed field gun, holding his head. 8:30 R&R, political officer nearby. 8:55 An application letter from a “Batanovsky Nikolai Vassilievich”asking to let him join the Komsomol (VLKSM). 9:21 Soviet counteroffensive plan against Orel 9:28 Plan against the cities of Kharkov and Belgorod.9:45 12th of July 1943 offensive10:45 General Popov, commander of the Briansk army group10:47 General Vasily Sokolovsky, commander of the Oryol army group11:00 Sappers with their mine detectors advancing, cutting barbed wire and clearing mine fields under enemy fire.11:07 General Konstantin Rokossovsky12:19 Wounded soldier13:25 Soviet soldiers enter a German bunker 13:29 Urban warfare13:39 Surrendering Germans14:20 GeneralNikolai Vatutin14:30 General Ivan14:44 Soviet troops nearing Belgorod14:59 Oryol is liberated.15:15 Civilians welcoming soldiers, ripping up German flags etc. in Belgorod and Oryol 15:40 Funeral ceremonies 16:23 Aftermath of smashed German planes, tanks, POWs and dead 17:10 Narrator: “Thus was won the Battle of Kursk, which became a decisive moment of the war." 17:22 Official announcement of victory on August 5, 1943. The Battle of Kursk occurred in July 1943, as Hitler’s response to the defeat atStalingrad. Known as Operation Citadel, the battle was Germany’s last chance to regain dominance on the Eastern Front. Germany amassed over 2,700 tanks and assault guns and 2,500 aircraft to take Kursk. The Red Army was dug in and backed with 3,600 tanks, 2,650 aircraft and had 1,500 tanks in reserve. The Soviet counteroffensive, Operation Kutuzov, began north of Kursk roughly a week after the German offensive. The Red Army broke through German lines at the Orel salient and by July 24th pushed the Wehrmacht back beyond Operation Citadel’s launching point. The Soviets lost at least 800,000 men, compared to 200,000 Germans, but the die for German defeat in the East was now castWe encourage viewers to add comments and, especially, to provide additional information about our videos by adding a comment!See something interesting?Tell people what it is and what they can see by writing something for example: "01:00:12:00 -- President Roosevelt is seen meeting with Winston Churchill at the Quebec Conference."This film is part of the Periscope Film LLC archive, one of the largest historic military, transportation, and aviation stock footage collections in the USA. Entirely film backed, this material is available for licensing in 24p HD, 2k and 4k. For more information visit http://www.PeriscopeFilm.com
August 22, 2022 Subject:
Many scenes staged for camera
Soviet WW2 'combat' footage is notorious for the many scenes staged for the camera to appear real, such as obligatory shots of Russian soldiers without packs or gear comically running alongside tanks trying to keep up with them (if they're running towards - or away from the enemy is not specified) with fake explosions in the background. Sometimes they're filmed from above, the cameraman w/tripod on some large 20 meter high platform - not the typical method of filming during actual combat! After running like that, the troops would be too winded to engage in combat, besides not having their packs w/ extra ammo etc on. Another bit of clueless hilarity is the supposed German soldier left alone, with his face in his hands weeping! This is clearly faked. Firstly, a shellshocked German would've almost certainly been dragged away by his retreating comrades. But supposing they did leave him behind, he would've been shot immediately as soon as arriving Red Army troops saw him sitting there. Silly!