The Russian Front 1941-1945 Documentary Series Overview (1998)


War Documentary hosted by Michael Leighton, published by Discovery Channel in 1998.


The Russian Front chronicles the war between the Soviet Union and Germany that began on 22 June 1941, when Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, and ended with a Soviet assault on Berlin in April 1945. More combatants were killed on the Eastern Front than in all other theatres of World War II combined.

The war on the Russian Front was a bitter, deadly struggle, triumphant for the Nazis at first, but eventually proving to be their downfall. Among the military campaigns examined is the brutal battle for Stalingrad in 1942, in which the Red Army lost more than 1 million men in defence of the city, and the engagement at Kursk in July 1943 involving 1 million men and 2,700 tanks.

Relive campaign by campaign and battle by battle the bloody war between Nazi Germany and the Red Army of the Soviet Union. Featuring rare archive footage from the front, this fascinating series retells a story of barbarism, heroism, self-sacrifice, patriotism, despair, and triumph. An epic history of war and warfare, it is also the story of ordinary soldiers on both sides who found themselves fighting to the death in an unimaginably harsh and brutal war.

Professor John Erickson, the award-winning author of “Road to Stalingrad” and “Road to Berlin” reassesses the titanic struggle between Hitler and Stalin on the Eastern Front. The series features rare archive footage from both Russian and German sources, informative graphics and maps, and incisive commentary and analysis by Professor John Erickson.

Produced and directed by Michael Leighton and Bob Carruthers; Cromwell Productions Ltd, based on a concept by Lamancha Productions

The Russian Front 1941-1945 Series

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s):
    • Michael Leighton.
    • Bob Carruthers.
  • Producer(s):
    • Michael Leighton.
    • Bob Carruthers.
  • Writer(s):
  • Music:
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s):
  • Production:
    • Cromwell Productions Ltd.
    • Lamancha Productions.
  • Distributor(s):
  • Release Date: 1998.
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Running Time: 48 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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