Soviet Storm: World War II in the East

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The project "Soviet Storm: WW2 in the East" depicts the most important events and battles of World War II. The task of the project is to illustrate the history of the war by means of computer graphics, motion-picture images and wartime images.
Starring
Evgeny SenchukovAnatoly Bogush
Genres
Documentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Operation Barbarossa
    January 5, 2011
    44min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Battle of Britain is over. The Luftwaffe has been driven to exhaustion, and Germany suffers its first major defeat. Even though Britain remains undefeated, it is so isolated that Hitler has no concerns about turning his attention East. Operation Barbarrossa, the German invasion of the USSR, takes the Soviets completely by surprise and the Red Army suffers terrible casualties.
  2. 2. The Battle of Kiev
    February 5, 2011
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After the swift success at Smolensk, Hitler has diverted the bulk of Heinz Guderian's panzers down to the South, so as to capture the Ukrainian capital Kiev, considered more important than Moscow in Hitler's mind. It begins a gigantic clash and turns out to be the biggest military encirclement in history.
  3. 3. The Defence of Sevastopol
    March 5, 2011
    44min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Erich von Manstein's soldiers have trapped a massive Soviet force in Crimea, but the doomed troops have no intentions of surrendering, obeying Stalin's brutal "Not A Step Back" order. Manstein assembles the greatest concentration of artillery in history, which includes the world's biggest railway-gun nicknamed "Dora," and for eight months Soviets troops are savagely bombarded.
  4. 4. The Battle of Moscow
    April 5, 2011
    47min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    October 1941, Germany's Army Group Center is only some 25 km west of Moscow. The Russian winter, however, is only a few weeks away. With not enough soldiers or military equipment, the Soviet high command's only hope left is that the weather will save the capital. The battle ends in a bloody failure for the German Army, and it is forced to retreat.
  5. 5. The Siege of Leningrad
    May 5, 2011
    47min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Leningrad, a vital and large Baltic sea port, is facing the entire weight of Army Group North. The Soviets have no reserves to spare as the Battle of Moscow is about to begin. Wilhelm von Leeb's Army Group North fails to take Leningrad, but begins a horrible siege that will last 872 days, in which over a million civilians will die of starvation and disease.
  6. 6. Rzhev
    June 5, 2011
    44min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The capture of Rzhev, the city that connects all railroads in Western Russia, is imperative. It will cost the lives of some 3 million Soviet soldiers and 500,000 German soldiers. It will take the Soviets a total of 3 years to throw the Germans firmly out of the city. These bloodbaths will become known by the veterans and historians as "The Rzhev Meat-Grinder."
  7. 7. The Battle of Stalingrad
    July 5, 2011
    46min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After the failure to take both Moscow and Leningrad, Hitler sets his sights on the oil fields in the Caucasus. If captured, the Red Army will lose 70%-90% of all its oil resources. Therefore, the famous city on the Volga, Stalingrad, must be "held at all costs." The German General Staff thinks taking the city will be a matter of a few weeks, but events steadily turn against the Germans.
  8. 8. The Battle for Caucasus
    August 5, 2011
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Ewald von Kleist has broken through to the Terek river, slap in front of the vital oil fields of Grozny and Baku. Only freezing temperatures in the Caucasus prevent von Kleist's 1st Panzer Army from breaking through to Ozoni Kizi and Tbilisi. The Soviets launch a desperate counter-attack that holds the Germans back.
  9. 9. The Battle of Kursk
    September 5, 2011
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    After two years of war, Hitler was no closer to victory in the East, and his forces had suffered a devastating defeat at Stalingrad. Now the Germans gathered their strength for one last massive offensive to decide the outcome of the war.

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Directors
Anna Grazhdan
Producers
Valeriy BabichVlad RyashinSergey TitinkovKonstantin Ernst
Season year
2011
Network
Janson Media
Content advisory
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
Devices
Available to watch on supported devices

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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RaeljonReviewed in the United States on March 26, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting Russian WWII documentary, translated (and re-narrated) into English.
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This Russian documentary, which first aired on Russian TV in 2011, is very similar to western documentaries that cover WWII, except (naturally) it focuses on Russian efforts on the Eastern Front. It's well-made, for this type of show, and it goes into quite a lot of detail. I'd call it a must-see for any westerner interested in a part of WWII that is (quite understandably) usually sparsely covered in western-centric WWII documentaries.

My only complaint is that both the CGI and live-action reenactments are sometimes lacking in production value, so I'm not giving it five stars. But there's nothing about those minor faults to bother any history buff, and the lack of quality is pretty well made up for by the sheer quantity of CGI and live-action that they put into this. And as Stalin (may have) said, quantity has a quality of its own.
21 people found this helpful
ZacReviewed in the United States on June 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must Watch!
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If you are like me and want to learn different sides of history during WW2. Especially the front that determined the outcome of the war in Europe. This is it this is where it all happened that led to the downfall of Hitler. Not on the Western Front, it played a role but did not bind up most of the German Army it was the Eastern Front, where the people of the Soviet Union brought about the end of Hitler, at an immense cost of life and people. I will say it has things I do not like in it but it was made from the Russians, for the Russians, and they try to find any glory in the GPW, they still can but I guess with being a Westerner it just does not have the same appeal it would to someone from Russia. Non the less I would say watch this series I remember hearing about it in 2015 and watched it and i really enjoyed it I have been waiting for it to come to Amazon.
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J. HargettReviewed in the United States on May 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Astonishiingly well done
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Over the years, I've concentrated my interest about WWII in the Europe and Pacific Theaters. But as I watch this, I'm blown away by the story of USSR's defense during the German invasion called "Barbarossa." This documentary style series, mixing movie footage, reenactment, and the best computer-generated battle scenes I've ever seen, make this a must-see for any WWII buff. Narration is great, map animation is excellent.
This is war at it's most desperate and brutal.
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dpt17Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great history lesson of WWII not taught in US schools
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A wealth of historical information is given in this series. It was enthralling to see the details of the WWII eastern front that is not taught in standard American history courses (which is a shame because here you learn the true how and why of the Nazis defeat). Although the Cyrillic maps are hard to follow at times, this is a simple translation from a Russian TV series so I can't dock points for that. Well done!
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A.S.Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very nice
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Good detailed battle info. It only became possible to produce this after KGB archives were opened.
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Erin HallReviewed in the United States on March 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Much better than I expected
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Much better than I expected. Worth watching if you're interested in learning more about the Soviets in WW2 and their strategy. Don't expect much actual war footage though, most of it is some basic acting and a lot of cgi scenes, but the narration is great and I found that it to be very entertaining overall.
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youngbin kimReviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
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Five Stars
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better than I expected
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RGreerReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2017
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Two Stars
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weird CGI. I would prefer to see actually documentary footage
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