The Unknown War (1978): S01E16 – The Liberation of Poland


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


Situated in central Europe, Poland was a geographical corridor for invasion and war. During World War II Poland suffered enormously; six million Poles lost their lives. In 1939 Warsaw radio played “Polonaise,” a paradoxical classical dance melody to plea for assistance to repel the Nazi invaders, two million strong. In 1943 and 1944 Warsaw again saw destruction, suffering and death during events of tragic circumstance. Even after Berlin fell to the Allies, Poles continued to die, but in 1945 the Soviet armies forced the Nazis from Polish land.

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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