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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended.
Few battles have been more forgotten than this one. The Soviet liberation of Manchuria should have gone down in history as probably the most successful offensive of WW2. The Red Army with 1.6 million men with massive air and artillery support took on 1 million men of an army that was just possibly the most fanatical since the Spartans and decimated them in around 10 days...
Published on 13 Dec 2005 by Ian

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the high standards of the earlier series
Although nominally identified as part of the "Battlefield" series with the same opening graphics and similar format, this program belongs to the second generation which followed the two initial series (France, Britain, Midway, Stalingrad, Normandy, and Berlin for Series 1 - North Africa, Russia, Italy, Atlantic, Leyte Gulf, and Rhine for Series 2) and is significantly...
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very highly recommended., 13 Dec 2005
This review is from: Battlefield - Manchuria - The Forgotten Victory [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
Few battles have been more forgotten than this one. The Soviet liberation of Manchuria should have gone down in history as probably the most successful offensive of WW2. The Red Army with 1.6 million men with massive air and artillery support took on 1 million men of an army that was just possibly the most fanatical since the Spartans and decimated them in around 10 days. An area the size of Western Europe was occupied including much marshland and mountainous terrain. The Japanese lost nearly 700,000 men killed or captured, the Soviets took only 30,000 casualties including 8000 fatalities. Sadly this mind boggling achievement has almost completely fallen into obscurity, shrouded as it is by the first and only use of atomic bombs.
But, 'Battlefield - Manchuria - The Forgotten Victory' helps to rectify this oversight. In its typical style of part by part breakdowns covering the history between both Japan and Russia, the buildup to battle, major equipment, commanders and order of battle on both sides, then the actual invasion and briefly the aftermath (amongst other) it describes pretty much every aspect to this engagement very clearly.
1 of very few gripes I have involves the described armour protection of the T-34 in the Soviet equipment section. Given as 45mm it is misleading. T-34's recieved numerous armour upgrades, but upgraded tanks were given the same designation - T-34/76 until the gun an turret was replaced leading to the T-34/85 which would have been widely deployed in Manchuria, but it had at least 90mm. But it remains such a minor gripe it's not worth knocking off even a quarter of a star!
In short I regard the entire program as excellent and the 5 minute US propaganda film extra is quite interesting in its way. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Military History or indeed unknown 20th century military campaigns.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten victory indeed, 22 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Battlefield - Manchuria - The Forgotten Victory [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
This was a very interesting overview of an obscure, (for Western viewers), chapter in the history of WWII. Some fascinating old movie footage and good basic graphics of the campaign in question. An excellent kicking-off point on which to base further reading/study.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the high standards of the earlier series, 2 Mar 2013
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This review is from: Battlefield - Manchuria - The Forgotten Victory [2001] [DVD] (DVD)
Although nominally identified as part of the "Battlefield" series with the same opening graphics and similar format, this program belongs to the second generation which followed the two initial series (France, Britain, Midway, Stalingrad, Normandy, and Berlin for Series 1 - North Africa, Russia, Italy, Atlantic, Leyte Gulf, and Rhine for Series 2) and is significantly inferior to them. Not only are the programs in this second generation shorter (100 minutes as compared to 120 minutes), they are much less focused, far more repetitive, and overall considerably less informative. In addition, graphic illustrations (such as for weapons) and maps are of lower quality and the action footage is often poorly related to the narrative. More specifically, this program provides an overly lengthy and repetitive description of the events leading to the Manchurian campaign as well as the order of battle and then devotes insufficient time (only about 30 minutes or so) to the description of the campaign itself which is supposed to be the topic of this program. Finally, I also found that a somewhat strange and (probably) unintended consequence of this much inferior quality was to make Tim Pigott-Smith who narrates all Battlefield programs suddenly sound much less intelligent and well-informed than he did during the initial two series.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best documentary on the Manchuria 1945, 28 July 2010
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Well the title says it all. The best docu on the Soviet invasion of Manchuria 1945 ever.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars manchuria, 21 April 2012
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The dvd refused to start and merely showes a string of figures. I reurned it and was credited. I would reorder again if I could be sure of quality I felt that the dvd was for another country's electronic system.

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