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Must have documentary,
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This review is from: The Wehrmacht [DVD] (DVD)
If you are interested in the German army in World War 2 this dvd set is a must have. The only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars is the typical Guido Knopp hatchet job he delivers on anything Third Reich related. All German soldiers are bad, i.e. guilty of war crimes.....because it they didn't commit them they were willing accomplices. Typical Guido......even though his documentaries are first rate when it comes to production values, film footage etc..
There is plenty of color footage, some I have never seen, and I thought I had seen it all. Even much of the black and white footage is new to me and very good. The back story of the series is that the English kept all their German General prisoners all together in lavish surroundings so they would be more likely to let their guard down.....as the place was bugged. Portions of their conversations are delivered by actors, and cherry picked to show that they were all careerists, anti Semitic , or just horrible people. In Knopps eyes the only good Germans of that time were the ones who actively resisted under the threat of death or deserted. Also former soldiers are interviewed. I am not here to defend them all......it just would have been a much better documentary if he would have been a little more even handed, as he clearly has an agenda.
There are 5 episodes, Attack on Europe, The Turning Point,The Crimes,Resistance, To the Bitter End. At 4.5 hours I do highly recommend this 5 part series.