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Afrika Korps 1942–1943 (DVD)

The Military History of the Third Reich From German Newsreels

Military DVDs > WWII Military > By Century > 20th Century WWII > German Forces & Weaponry WWII > Hitler & the Third Reich World History > Africa

Imprint: Pen & Sword Digital
Series: Hitler's War Machine (DVDs)
Running Time: 60 (mins)
ISBN: 5060247620558
Published: 2nd January 2013



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The German Propaganda Kompanien (PK) captured the events of Hitler's war on every front. Their footage was used to produce Die Deutsche Wochenschau, a weekly cinema newsreel detailing the events of World War II on land, sea and air.

For the first time these unique primary source films have been collated, edited and translated into English in order to produce a complete military history of the Third Reich drawn exclusively from German primary sources. This amazing range of films captures the events of World War II exactly as they were presented to contemporary cinema audiences while the actions on the battlefield were still unfolding.

This volume features translated Wochenschau newsreels dating from 1942 into early 1943 and records the military events from Bir Hacheim to the to the retreat from the western desert and on to the final defeat in Tunisia.

Consisting throughout of original German newsreel footage, this DVD follows the Afrika Korps and their Italian allies during the advance on Egypt in late 1942, and subsequent retreat into Tunisia during the following year. It begins with their great success at Gazala, using maps to explain the progress of the campaign and the defences encountered, and goes on to look at the fall of Tobruk and the retreat from El Alamein. Complete with its original, enormously biased commentary, it also makes for an interesting study in propaganda; with triumphant marching music, seemingly easy victories and doubtlessly satisfying columns of British prisoners, it proceeds with a great fanfare when the Afrika Korps was winning but is not so forthcoming during their retreat and ultimate eviction from the continent. There are several scenes of infantry and armour advancing through British artillery fire, but most of the action naturally takes place in the rear areas, around anti-tank weapons and artillery, but also shows reinforcements being flown to North Africa in Ju 52's, and supplies of all types being ferried across the Mediterranean, amongst which there is some simply stunning footage of British torpedo bombers attacking the convoys at close range.

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