Second in a three part series; this 65min DVD takes the viewer on a highly memorable guided tour of the most destructive war in recorded history! Powerfully authentic Nazi/Soviet newsreel footage provides the action-packed backdrop to an hour long narrative delivered by Douglas Rain; who in harsh but gripping tone, graphically relates the story of Hitler's 'Crusade in the East'. The Nazi quest for 'Lebensraum' in Soviet Russia, and the titanic polical/military events at the fiery heart of that awesome conflict. The documentary content is accurate, detailed and informative; covering the 1941 Blitzkreig attacks, the advance on Leningrad, the capture of Kiev, Sevastapol, the battle of Stalingrad, and a lot more.
The high impact script by Jerry Lawton ensures this DVD is far more than a just a documentary however. It is a clever blend of visual and verbal; of fact, opinion, pictures, skilled storytelling, heroism and tragedy, tactical combat and strategic overview. Were I restricted to only one series amongst the many available, this programme; and the series from which it is part, would be my first choice. It is the Nazi/Soviet clash as a Viking bard might tell of it, an illustrated barbarian saga; in 20'th Century news-speak.