The Battle of Orel (Kursk) Restored WW2 Soviet Documentary DVD
Culled from actual combat footage taken onsite by Red Army cameramen at the Orel/Kursk Salient in Russia in the summer of 1943, this is the Soviets’ own documentary story of the greatest tank battle in world history before or since, pitting the resurgent German Army against the now-victorious Red Army. The Germans introduced their new Tiger and Panther tanks, but were overwhelmed by massed T-34s. For the Germans, it was a must-win battle, and when they lost, the Soviets gained the initiative for the rest of the war. Known in the West as the Battle of Kursk, it was the greatest armored combat in history ever --- before or since. This superb Russian wartime film also depicts in stunning footage both the liberation of Mother Russia and captured German footage during their retreat. Truly gripping. Directed by R. Gikov L. Stepanova. Filmed by cameramen of the Bryansk Front.
USSR, 1943, B&W, 50 minutes, Switchable Newly Recorded English Language soundtrack or Original Russian Soundtrack, with optional English subtitles. Digitally restored from original 35mm Lavender prints, possibly the highest quality film elements known to exist.
DVD Special Features:
• 2 Historical Slideshows
---Battle of Orel/Kursk Historical Background (Narrated/Autoplay)
---Red Army Artillery Tubes
• Film Restoration Examples
• Interactive Scene Selections
• Switchable English Voice-Over Soundtrack or Original Russian with Optional English Subtitles
• Digitally Restored from Original 35 MM Lavender Film Prints.
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)
Libraries and Institutions Please Note: Educational Editions with PUBLIC PERFORMANCE RIGHTS and DIGITAL SITE LICENSES are available.