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I just watched this one on Netflix. Looks like it was made in 1943, post Stalingrad and pre Kursk. The whole show is made up of film clips. It opens with clips from a couple of Russian films about previous attempts to conquer Russia going back to the Teutonic knights. Most of the film is made up of actual war time footage, some training/propaganda/newsreel footage and some actual combat footage, mostly Soviet provided film, but some captured German footage.

Overall a pretty good, lots of Mosin porn, SVT's(including whole units armed with them)PPSH 41's,DP28's, MN91's especially in shots of Leningrad and of what are supposed to be partisans. Tanks etc. A nice section on the siege of Leningrad with footage from the Lake Ladoga ice road, Naval infantry and civilian militia armed with MN91's. There were a few factual errors and of course propaganda and Soviet love but easy enough to get by that. All in all well worth the 82 minutes.
 

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Netflix also has a mini-series called "Five Came Back" and it explores how Capra (and four other directors) spent their war, with contemporary directors giving their commentary. For what it's worth, Steven Spielberg's commentary on William Wyler's "Memphis Belle" (the original war-time documentary, not the 90's piece of crap) evoked in him the same emotions as it did in me the first time I saw it 20 years ago. Powerful enough to have me yelling across 50 years..."Jump....JUMP!"

Maybe it's a little nerdy to watch a documentary about documentaries, but hey...that's me.
 

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Does Capra mention why Finland was fighting Russia in 39-40 and then decided to join back in during 1941 ?? Probably not, politics being what they were during that time, nothing bad could be said about Russia as they were "one of the good guys".
 

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Does Capra mention why Finland was fighting Russia in 39-40 and then decided to join back in during 1941 ?? Probably not, politics being what they were during that time, nothing bad could be said about Russia as they were "one of the good guys".

This exact subject has been used by me to generate greater thought about WW2 when teaching the public than simply "Good vs bad". Ok, so when the US entered the war, Russia was "one of the good guys", yet they were fighting Finland who were "allied" to the "bad guys".... but why were was Finland fighting Russia and allied to (Nazi) Germany? You get my point.
 

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This exact subject has been used by me to generate greater thought about WW2 when teaching the public than simply "Good vs bad". Ok, so when the US entered the war, Russia was "one of the good guys", yet they were fighting Finland who were "allied" to the "bad guys".... but why were was Finland fighting Russia and allied to (Nazi) Germany? You get my point.
It can simply be distilled to the maxim "The enemy of my enemy is my friend."
 
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