Category Archives: WWII

Russian Video: World War 2 Soviet Tank Found on the Bottom of a River…

A Klim Voroshilov KV-1 heavy tank has been raised from the bottom of the Neva River in St. Petersburg. The tank sank during World War II…

A Soviet KV-1 tank which sank in the Neva River near Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) during World War II has been successfully recovered from the bottom of the river in the Kirov district of northwestern Russia’s Leningrad Region.

­”Despite the stormy weather and the depth exceeding 15 meters at this place, the operation for the retrieval of the future museum exhibit was successful,” the press service chief for the Western Military District, Colonel Andrey Bobrun, was quoted by the Interfax-AVN agency on Thursday as saying.

The tank was recovered from the Neva by soldiers of the 90th Special Search Battalion of the Western Military District, in cooperation with staff of the Museum of the Battle for Leningrad. The operation was completed on Wednesday at 05:00 GMT.

Experts who examined the tank have concluded that, despite all these decades underwater, it is still in good condition and can now be restored to its original state. The remaining ammunition was taken by specialists of the Emergency Ministry for deactivation.

“There were no remains of the crew found inside the tank, and that suggests that they had escaped from the sinking battle machine,” Bobrun continued. “We can already conclude that the tank was likely to have sunk while crossing the river on a pontoon on the way to the combat area. After determining serial numbers of the units and the assemblies of KV-1, the museum staff will be able to track the fate of the crew and even find their relatives.”

Officials say that the tank, once restored, will be able to take part in historic parades and other activities.

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The Unknown War: June 22, 1941

Today we are watching the first movie of “The Unknown War” is TV series. It name is June 22, 1941. The day when Fascist Germany invaded Russia. The front was 1800 miles long. The German planing was particulars. 5000 planes, 6000 guns – the greatest mass artillery what world ever seen. Gitler had said to his generals “When we only kick the door whole rotten construction will fall down” Gitler did not feel necessary to declare the war to Soviet Union before attack had happened. His new tactic was Blitzkrieg… At the end of the first day many board troupes were disappeared and 1200 planes were destroyed.

Watch the video to learn more facts about the first days of The War what we call The Great Patriotic War to find out about Brest Fortress and why now we call it Fortress-Hero.

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The Unknown War on Russian Video from Russia

The Uknown War on Russian Video from RussiaToday Russian Video from Russia starts publishing a remarkable documentary movie about WWII “The Unknown War”. Host and Narrator Burt Lancaster will tell us story of WWII Eastern European front  based on archived videos of WWII.

“The Unknown War” is TV series made by USA and Soviet Union in 1978. I bet western people never heard such stories…

I don’t know what  you think about Soviet Union but I think the series “The Unknown War” must be watched because they tell you not only about Soviet Union but about human race about heroism of people… and when you watch it and you know that is not Hollywood tale but truth …you feel proud to be a human.

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Here are all twenty series of the movie, each of title will become a link when we’ll publish it.

1. June 22, 1941

2. The Battle for Moscow

3. The Siege of Leningrad

4. To the East

5. The Defense of Stalingrad

6. Survival at Stalingrad

7. The World’s Greatest Tank Battle

8. War in the Arctic

9. War in the Air

10. The Partisans

11. The Battle of the Seas

12. The Battle of Caucasus

13. Liberation of the Ukraine

14. The Liberation of Belorussia

15. The Balkans to Vienna

16. The Liberation of Poland

17. The Allies

18. The Battle of Berlin

19. The Last Battle of the Unknown War

20. A Soldier of the Unknown War

The story was written by Rod McKuen. Today Rod McKuen tells more about these series:

Spent the afternoon being interviewed on film as part of the extra features that will be included in the multi-disc boxed set of The Unknown War, being released in May by Shout Factory Video.

So many memories of the year and a half I spent in Russia composing the music and editing scripts for the series. I had come to fear that The Unknown War would become The Unknown Series as far as America is concerned. Because of The Soviet Union’s attack on Afghanistan (does the phrase attack on Afghanistan have a familiar ring?) America and much of the world boycotted The Moscow Olympics, the Cold War grew even more frigid and only a few episodes of our series were aired in The United States.

An American & Soviet co-production, the U.S. Company went out of business and Shout Factory had to contact Soviet- Film for the rights and masters –– so it’s a small miracle that after more than 30 years the series will be making its return for viewers here. Meanwhile, thanks to you, the double soundtrack LP has become one of Stanyan’s all time best sellers. It will be updated and re-released on CD (by Stanyan or Shout Factory) to coincide with the DVD release.

Narrated by Burt Lancaster and produced by Isaac Klinnerman (of “Victory at Sea” fame) The Unknown War is a 20-part account of WW II on the Eastern Front, in which more than 20 million Soviet citizens lost their lives. Yes, twenty million! Much of the footage in this epic has never been seen before and was taken from masters held by The Kremlin since the 1940’s.

What makes the series so important for North American and Canadian viewers of today? While there have been British, French and American documentaries on WW II that tell us of The Battle for Britain, The French Resistance, Pearl Harbor and Bataan, even today our knowledge of what went on at the Eastern Front is not only incomplete but in most cases non-existent. As I pointed out in my interview because of their openness and because The Allies were the victors we know almost all there is to know about WW II from the point of view of Japan and Germany; but Russia / The Soviet Union has almost always been a closed society there just hasn’t been that much insight or access on the 4 year Axis vs. Russia battles.

Operation Barbarossa (named after a famed German general) and dubbed The Great Patriotic War by Russians is a fascinating and mostly missing part of world history. I for one am thrilled that despite 30 years of neglect this valuable and entertaining documentary will finally be available to the wide audience it was produced for. Selfishly I consider the music and script supervision I contributed to The Unknown War some of my best work. And wait till you hear the music that was left out of the original album that will be included on the new soundtrack CD. If it comes out on Stanyan it might even be a double disc priced as one.

So today I’m on a big high.

RM 1/28/2011

Russian Video: January 27th, The siege of Leningrad was lifted

January 27th, the day the siege of Leningrad was lifted, is now a Day of military glory in Russia.

Documentaries about Siege of Leningrad:

1) Full length World War II documentary movie Siege of Leningrad from BattleField series.

2) Blockade – one of the best Russian documentaries: movies about ordinary days of dieing city.

BattleField Video: Siege of Leningrad!

BattleField Video: Siege of Leningrad.

This weekend we are watching full length World War II documentary movie Siege of Leningrad from BattleField series:

Now you know about Siege of Leningrad – at least historical part of it.

May be now you want to watch Blockade a documentary movie about ordinary days of the dieing city?

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Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.

Russian Video: Blockade of Leningrad Started 68 Years Ago!

Leningrad remembers its Heroes!

Today you could hear sound of metronome and the wail of the sirens in St.Petersburg. Leningrad remembers the Blockade – 900 days and nights of artillery attacks and terrible starvation. A worker got 250 grams of bread a day all others got twice less. Leningrad outstayed but the price was incredible. There were more than 500 000 people buried only on Peskarevsky cemetery…

Sound of metronome is symbol of the Blockade of Leningrad – metronome sounded during the Blockade 24 hours a day on the radio. The siren wailed 3740 times during the blockade.

Today we are watching Day of Memory from St.Petersburg:

Read more about the Blockade of Leningrad in Wikipedia or an article “Seige of Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad) 1941-1944” (From Neva News).

Documentaries about Siege of Leningrad:

1) Full length World War II documentary movie Siege of Leningrad from BattleField series.

2) Blockade – one of the best Russian documentaries: movies about ordinary days of dieing city.

Russian Video from Russia
Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.

Russian Video: Blockade (Russian Documentary Movie, 2005)

Blockade – the name of the movie made by Sergei Loznitsa. No name of war no name of city what was blockaded. No music, no words or subtitles – just some sounds sometimes. Black and white documentary chronicles – they show ordinary days of the dieing city.

This film was dedicated to the Day of the blockade of Leningrad. The premiere took place in St. Petersburg at the International Festival of documentary, animation and short film “Message to man”.

There are one director of movie, 40 operators and 2 and a half million characters. in this movie… According to statistics, there were 2 992 000 people in 1941 lived in Leningrad and there were just half of million people by 1944.

Awards of the movie Blockade:

Jury Award
International Film Festival ‘Stalker’ in Moskau, Russia, 2005

Critics Prix
International Film Festival ‘Stalker’ in Moskau, Russia, 2005

“White Elefant”
National cinemacritics prix for best documentary film, Russia, 2005

Best Documentary 2005
National academy prix ‘NIKA’ for best documentary film, Russia, 2005

Grand Prix
International Film Festival ‘Kontakt’ in Kiew, Ukrain, 2005

Second Prix
International Film Festival Madrid, Spain, 2006

St. Petersburg’s Government prix
for 2005

Grand Prix ‘Gold Dragon’
International Krakow Short Film Festival, Poland, 2006

Best Documentary Film from archive
Jerusalem International Film Festival, Israel, 2006

Jury Avard
International Film Festival ‘Message to man’ St.Petersburg, Russia, 2006

Grand Prix for Best Dokumentary Film
Film Festival Viborg, Russia, 2006

Best Documentary Film
Open Documentary Film Festival ‘Russia’ , Ekaterinburg, Russia, 2006

Best Documentary
‘Golden laurel’ National documentary film prix, Russia, 2006

Arie&Bozena Zweig Innovation Award
Chicago International Documentary Festival, 2007

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PS Blockade – the name of the movie made by Sergei Loznitsa. No name of war no name of city what was blockaded. Of course, we all know this movie is about Seige of Leningrad.

After the premiere of “Blockade” at the Rotterdam Film Festival the audience was stunned and did not want to leave the room. ‘Did you know, – an old Dutchman asked Sergey Loznica – that you told the story not only of Leningrad but Rotterdam also? Our city was destroyed, but, unfortunately, there were no operators, who could capture this tragedy.”

Russian Video: Brest, 22 June1941 – How It Was!


A lot of us had listened about Operation Barbarossa was the code name for Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II that commenced on 22 June 1941. Over 4.5 million troops of the Axis powers invaded the USSR along a 2,900 kilometer front (1800 miles)…

How and why this operation failed… Let’s watch.

Victory what did not happened:

We will remember….

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Svet and Kyle

comments always welcome.