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5.0 out of 5 stars The human stories behind the Wehrmacht, 17 July 2013
This review is from: The Wehrmacht [DVD] (DVD)
I have seen this series on TV and my comments are based on that rather than the DVD.

The series focuses on the soldiers and leaders in the Wehrmacht rather than being solely about their campaigns. The series is a mixture of reconstructions, war and newsreel/propaganda footage with interviews from soldiers and officers that served in the Wehrmacht.

The footage is often quite poignant and the series reveals the human story of the Wehrmacht rather than a dry catalogue of battles and facts. Many of the film clips shown I have only seen in this series.

There does seem to be an odd bias and some of the experts interviewed seem to take a rather simplistic view of the situation - suggesting often that the Wehrmacht might have acted to prevent many atrocities and bring the war to a quicker end by defying Hitler.

I think that you would have to be a brave, foolhardy man to interfere with the Nazi repression and ideology. The film does at least show there were brave men, not just fighting, but resisting if they could in some way, or at least horrified by what they eventually saw going on and had little choice in what they could do.

It's clear the German Army had noble men as well as Nazis.

Much use is made of secret recordings made in Britain of captured officers who spoke unaware their conversations were monitored. It is absolutely fascinating.

A series with some biased viewpoints, but one I can't recommend highly enough to catch some of the human stories and motivation behind the German Army in WW2. Excellent.
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