One of the rarest cinematic documents to survive the war, Germany’s Front Shows offer a unique perspective of Hitler’s 1941 Russian campaign.
Skillfully blending German frontline footage and captured Soviet combat film, the programs depict the German soldier in battle, on forced marches, building forts and shelters, and coping with climatic hardships.
Censored from the public, the features were screened to recruits to help prepare them for the realities of the east.
01 – FS 5/6 – Mountain Troops Battle for a Town (1941)
Depicting the assault on Baronowice in Soviet Eastern Poland
02 – FS 3 – Advance (1941)
German infantry and armor traverse Russia’s dusty roads, in this lively feature showing the right and wrong ways to move troops behind the front.
03 – FS 2 – Russian Construction of Positions (1941)
The Red Army’s formidable, elaborate defensive belt German propaganda called the “Stalin Line” is shown in detail after capture.
04 – FS 4 – Infantry on the Attack (1941)
Supported by artillery, German infantry and soldiers of the SS Totenkopf division attack Soviet positions near the Valday Heights in late summer.
05 – FS 9/10 – Construction of Positions and Shelters for the Fighting Troops or Those in Rest Areas (1941)
06 – FS 7 – Attack by Infantry and Armor Against a Village (1941)
07 – FS 13 – Traveling Across Ice Surfaces and Waters with Drifting Ice (1941)
08 – FS 8 – Defensive Battle in Winter (1943)
Filmed by an unknown German cameramen on the Leningrad Front.
09 – FS 11 – Terrain Difficulties in the East, Winter and Spring (1943)