The Unknown War
The Unknown War is a landmark documentary series about the Soviet struggle against the Nazi war machine. Hosted and narrated by Burt Lancaster, it features stunning footage recorded by Soviet camera crews on the front lines, most of it unseen for years.
S01:E01 - 23-Jun-45
On a pleasant June morning in 1941 nothing seemed more peaceful than Red Square and Moscow itself. It was early summer, and people were strolling along the broad streets, shopping in the big department stores or going to the country for the day.
S01:E02 - The Battle For Moscow
On October 8, 1941, Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels, broadcast from Berlin that Moscow had fallen. Hitler's troops could see the Kremlin towers from their front lines; another four or five days and the Nazi flag would fly over the Kremlin.
S01:E03 - The Siege Of Leningrad
In the history of the Unknown War, Leningrad stands out as a symbol of the courage and persistence of the Russian people. For years Leningrad resisted capture by Hitler's forces.
S01:E04 - To The East
This is the story of ordinary Russian civilians who worked to supply the military with tanks, planes, guns whatever was necessary to win the war against the Nazis.
S01:E05 - The Defense Of Stalingrad
In 1942 some of the fiercest combat ever took place in the monumental battle between the German and Russian armies. The ground was covered with bombs and artillery shells; almost all of Stalingrad was reduced to rubble.
S01:E06 - Survival At Stalingrad
During the fighting for Stalingrad, the defenders of the city took an oath: "There is no land for us beyond the Volga."
S01:E07 - The Worlds Greatest Tank Battle
In July of 1943 the largest armored battle in history took place in Kursk. Hitler planned to annihilate the Soviet army at Kursk and make one final effort to win the war in the east.
S01:E08 - War In The Arctic
In World War II the Russians were fighting along a 2,000-mile line that extended from the Black Sea to a point beyond the Arctic Circle. Arms and supplies from the US and Great Britain came by convoy to the ice-free seaport of Murmansk.
S01:E09 - War In The Air
In a surprise attack on June 22 of 1941, German forces destroyed more than two-thirds of the Soviet combat aircraft fleet while they were still stationed on the ground.
S01:E10 - Partisans: The Guerrilla War
When Napoleon captured Moscow in 1812, Russia's men and women turned the French invaders' lives into a living hell. The same thing happened in 1941 when Hitler's legions smashed into the Soviet Union and vast areas of Russian land fell into their hands.
S01:E11 - The Battle Of The Seas
The Russians fought Hitler at sea in the Baltic, in the Gulf of Finland, in the Black Sea, the Arctic and even on inland lakes and rivers.
S01:E12 - Battle For The Caucasus
In 1943 Novorossiysk, at the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, was the southernmost tip of the Soviet front. At the same time the Battle of Stalingrad was taking place, in the summer of 1942, the Battle for the Caucasus began.
S01:E13 - The Liberation Of The Ukraine
In the late summer of 1941 the Soviet army was forced to retreat from Kiev in the Soviet Ukraine. For more than two years, the Nazis occupied the city and virtually destroyed it.
S01:E14 - The Liberation Of Belorussia
The German forces kill one out of every four people in Belorussia before being driven out.
S01:E15 - From The Balkans To Vienna
After the Soviets won back their own country, they pushed westward to release other countries from German occupation. The final victory was not won until the Soviet forces freed Vienna.
S01:E16 - The Liberation Of Poland
The plight of Polish troops and their country stirs one of the war's greatest controversies.
S01:E17 - The Allies
The Allied effort in World War II was designed by three men: Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin.
S01:E18 - The Battle Of Berlin
To the Soviet army, the capture of Berlin was the culmination of their drive to avenge the ravaging of their homeland. As the Soviets were fighting their way into the heart of the city, Hitler mobilized his last reserves.
S01:E19 - The Last Battle Of The Unknown War
The Second World War ended in Europe in May of 1945, but the war in the Far East raged on.
S01:E20 - A Soldier Of The Unknown War
The Unknown War was an Allied war. For the Russians, the victory had a special meaning. This was a war in which 20 million Russians died, possibly more.