The Unknown War (1978): S01E11 – The Battle of the Seas


The Unknown War (Russian: “Великая Отечественная” (The Great Patriotic War) or “Неизвестная война” (The Unknown War) is an American documentary television series.


The Russians fought Hitler at sea – in the Baltic, in the Gulf of Finland, in the Black Sea, the Arctic and even on inland lakes and rivers. Soviet marines attacked so savagely, they were nicknamed “the Black Death” by the Nazis. Russia’s Baltic fleet rescued Soviet forces from Tallinn, under a rain of Nazi bombs and a barrage of torpedo fire. The Soviet survivors returned the great naval base of Kronstadt after an evacuation at rival Dunkirk. When their ships were sunk, Russian sailors fought on the land. They battled the Germans in Odessa, in Novorossiysk, Murmansk…

The Unknown War Series

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Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 01 January 1978 (UK) and 22 June 1978 (US).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 17 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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