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 Post subject: Panfilov's 28
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 6:35 pm 
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Panfilov's 28 (In Sweden released on DVD as "To the last man: Moscow 1941")

Russian heroic tale based on a ("propaganda") story from the fighting west of Moscow, in the winter of 1941.

In a way this movie resembles the Finnish movie Talvisota ("Winter War") - outnumbered defenders with limited artillery and AT-tank guns hold a trench system against waves of enemy tanks and troops with artillery and air support. While the Finnish movie deals with the whole winter war, the Russians in this movie hold their trenches for about a day. They slaughter enemies easier than the Finns do however and massacre loads of tanks, mostly with hand held charges. The Politruk is a good guy. The other Red Army soldiers are all stand up guys. I serve the Motherland and all that.

The movie nods to religion - both the Orthodox Church and Islam - and gives plenty of screen time to the Kazakh troops (who are also basically good Russians). From what I can tell Kazakhstan chipped in with some cash for this movie. Great success!

The weapons and uniforms used are generally good IMO. No MG42s or Tiger tanks in 1941 eventhough everyone loves/hates Tigers.

Fits well into the new Russian take on WWII history where the herioc Soviet defenders of the Motherland fought side by side against the brutal invaders in order to save ancient Russian lands like Moscow, Smolensk, Viborg and Königsberg from horrible, evulh terror!!!

3 Heroes of the Soviet Union, out of 5.


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