The film begins with an overview of previous failed attempts to conquer Russia: by the in 1242 (footage from \’s film is used here), by
in 1704 (footage from \’s film ), by in 1812, and by in. The vast natural resources of the are then described, showing why the land is such a hot prize for conquerors. To give a positive impression of the Soviet Union to the American audience, the country\’s ethnic diversity is covered in detail, and later on, elements of Russian culture familiar to Americans, including the musical compositions of and \’s book are also mentioned. is never mentioned at any point in the film; instead, the is described as a force opposing Nazism. The start of the film includes a quote from U. S. Gen. , who commended the Russian people\’s defense of their nation as one of the most courageous feats in military history.
The film then covers the Nazi conquests in the, described as a preliminary to close off possible Allied counter-invasion routes, before the war against Russia was launched on June 22, 1941. The narration describes the German \”keil und kessel\” tactics for offensive warfare, and the Soviet \” \” used to counter this. The Soviet tactics, the room-to-room in Soviet cities, and the guerilla warfare behind enemy lines are also used to underline the Soviet resolve for victory against the Germans. The and the conclude the film. The episode, like the entire series, misportrayed or simply omitted many facts, which could have cast doubts on the \”good guy\” status of the Soviets, such as the, ;, and others.
Nor did the film mention the word \”. \” Virtually in line with the, the series was not only screened but widely acclaimed in the Soviet Union. To exonerate the Soviets, the series casts even less important Allies, like the Poles, in a bad light. and was withdrawn from circulation during the. We had a political problem with Russia on that film. The problem was that a hell of a lot of people on our side were not about to be sold a bill of goods by the Communists. We were their allies, but that was all. Communism was not something we desired. So we stayed a way from politics and made it a people\’s battle. As a result, The Battle of Russia was one of the best episodes of the series and a true one. \”The Battle of Russia,\” Chapter V of Frank Capra\’s \”Why We Fight\” series, follows the beginning of the end for Adolph Hitler.
Part One shows how the Nazi regime, frustrated by the tenacity of British resistance, sets its sights on the Soviet Union instead. As it follows the Nazi march into Russian territory, the film provides a brief summary hundred years. It explains why the country is such a hot prize and why no army in history ever succeeded in conquering it. Hitler is portrayed as a fool, his hubris blinding him to the evidence of history. The them. Capra\’s favorable portrait of the Russians is notable. Released two years before the start of the Cold War, the film portrays the Soviets as a diverse and freedom-loving people, in many ways similar to their then-allies, the people of the United States.