I yesterday finished watching one of the very best WW II series I have ever seen.
“Soviet Storm: WWII in the East”
It is an 18 part series of 1 hour segments depicting the efforts of the Soviet Union in the East. It was aired in Russia in 2011. It is a mashup of vintage film, Russian and German, Computer graphics , live reinactors , and docoments. (ie the actual orders of german and Russian Generals)
It has really great maps indicating troop movements, envelopments, bulges in the lines, and lines of attack. All the great battles/operations are included. There is a segment dedicated to air, sea, clandestine, and partizen participation.
It was produced in Britain and broadcast in Russian. The maps are all labeled in Cyrillic. The narrator is a Brit in English over the top of the Russian. It is a truly fantastic piece of work, propagandaish in some respects but mostly solid history.
It puts things in perspective......... We had 6800 dead on Iwo Jima At Koninsberg alone, there were 60,00 Russian dead. The total losses pf Russian troop is is really uncomprehensible. Same for the Germans. We measuere losses in 5 or 6 figures, they measure losses in 7 figures at the minimum
It is avaliaible on Hulu Plus.
It is a truly great piece of historical work
ROMMEL WITHSTANDS ATTACK DESPITE ALLIED AIRPOWER; TAKES SOME DAMAGE, FOE MAKES A SUCCESSFUL RETREAT; ALLIED STRATEGY IN SERIOUS DOUBT; ROOSEVELT SILENT (2/25/43)
It truly amazes me how Hitler threw away entire armies when he was advised by the finest military minds ever produced to withdraw them when their position became untenable. FM von Manstein pleaded with Hitler to withdraw the 6th Army from Stalingrad after it became encircled. Field Marshall Rommel pleaded with Hitler to withdraw the Afrika Corp from Tunisia when it was no longer possible to hold on. In both instances, Hitler adamantly refused and over 600,000 troops were lost as result. Did Hitler WANT to lose? One wonders.