the brest fortress

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Nazi Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union which was launched on Sunday 22 June 1941.

At 4:15 June 22, 1941 the German Wehrmacht attacked the Brest fortress with no warning. Attack started by artillery barrage, including 600 mm mortars of the second battery of the Heavy Artillery Battalion 833 Nr. III (“Thor”) and Nr. IV (“Odin”). Defenders were taken by surprise and failed to form a solid front. By 9:00 the fortress was completely surrounded. Most parts of the fortress were taken by the 30 of June. 25 officers and 2877 soviet soldiers were captured, 1877 soldiers and officers died.

Yet despite being stunned by the surprise attack, heavy losses from the initial shelling, shortage of food and ammunition and being cut off from the outside world the remaining Red Army soldiers took a stand in the Citadel of the fortress. Officers families caught up in the Citadel tended to the wounded and even took part in defence effort. Pockets of resistance held until 20 of July. Their sacrifice became a testament to the resilience and courage of Red Army and Soviet people.

On August 8 Hitler and Mussolini visited the fortress. Unprecedented security measures were in place because of fear of Red Army defenders possibly still remain in the fortress. During the visit Hitler picked up a stone off the bride to the Citadel. After the war this stone was found in his workroom.

Ok first off. Go fucking watch this because i found the full movie on youtube for free. Second, its a Russian war movie so yeah read the subtitles you lazy person. Reading is good for you. Anyways The Brest Fortress. Very intense war movie about a Russians defending a fortress from there German invaders. It is a very lengthy movie, about more then 2 hours worth so yeah you’re doing alot of reading. Like any war movie it is very graphic and gut clinching. Seeing hundreds of civilians being shot, seeing a tank crunch over there dead bodies. Seeing the sick and wounded be burned alive. So yes this is a Russian movie. A lot of bad things happened to the Russians during WW2. Technically speaking they did alot of the hard work and lost more soldiers and civilians then all of the other country’s fighting in the war. For ever 1 American soldier that died in the war is equal to 23 Russian soldiers dying….Back to the movie. It does have its satisfying battle scenes and tense moments that can decide the fate of the many lives. I even liked the little love story they added in between two kids and another older Russian worker with his love interest. Of course like any other foriegn film ive watched i understand that i dont understand the culture they have. So i personally tried to look past it all. Again this is a very sad, death filled movie. You will see a lot of dead bodies. A lot of heroic fighting and a lot of heroic moments. I did honestly feel pride for these amazing actors in the end who filled in the shoes of these commanders during the battle. I felt like they did and exciting job. It was a little slow to get used to, but you get a hang of it after a while. The Brest Fortress is a very good war movie that i’d recommend to anyone. 8/10

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At first I wasn’t really digging the music but its actually very fitting. The song is called “Sky of the Slavs” or “Slavic Sky” depending how you read it. Supposedly its about how the Russians drove back every invader on their homeland.

The footage is from the 2010 movie “Brest Fortress.” There is a homage, well more like parody of a famous scene in Saving Private Ryan.