Germans in Normandy
- 12th Hitlerjugend Division DVD
The largely teenage soldiers of the Hitlerjugend, coming from a fully militarized society, made exceptional and highly committed soldiers, but with officers and non-commissioned officers from the Leibstandarte commanding them, they were to become a ruthless and brutal arm of the Nazi fighting machine battling towards the Eastern Front. Both Hitlerjugend's alleged atrocities and their remarkable doggedness in battle made them a loathed but grudgingly respected opponent to all who fought them. The last surviving senior German officer, Obersturmbannfuhrer Hubert Meyer, now in his late nineties, gives rare insight into the German perspective as he explains his role as a commander of the Hitler Youth. With location shooting on the fields and villages where the fighting originally took place, as well as SS re-enactment footage illustrating the various battle scenarios plus a wealth of original archive footage and in-depth explanations of the weapons and machinery used during the period, this is compulsive viewing for all World War 2 enthusiasts.
United Kingdom, 2012, Color/B&W, 100 minutes.
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)