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Caucasus Front

Film | Accession Number: 2003.458 | RG Number: RG-60.3891 | Film ID: 2686

Animated map of the Caucasus region. The campaign in the Caucasus began in the summer of 1942, preceding Stalingrad. An airfield with a plane. Three men in flight suits study a map; one of them holds a dog. According to the narrator, they are preparing to fly a reconnaissance mission around the Terek river, looking for artillery emplacements. View of a plane from the ground, then the interior, with two men in the cockpit. Aerial view of the Terek river and surrounding area. The copilot studies the ground through binoculars. The scene switches to German soldiers on the ground, listening to radios. The reconnaissance mission in the plane has found something, which is relayed to the soldiers on the ground, then to a group of soldiers who are gathered around a map. German volunteer soldiers fire at Soviet positions with heavy and light artillery.

10:38 Soldiers hiking in the high mountains of the Caucuses (identified by the narrator as the Golbasi). They ascend steeply, using the pickaxes that they carry as staffs. They reach a sauna that has been built especially for German soldiers. They are shown exiting the sauna and walking naked to a nearby stream. They jump in the water and splash each other.

11:49 The narrator announces: "Storm clouds over the Golbasi." A shot of the mountain. Soldiers, preparing for a mission, don white snow suits over their uniforms and pick up their weapons. They make their way across the snowy mountains toward some kind of enemy position. They exchange shots with the enemy and force him back; there is a distant shot of black-clad men in retreat. The last image is of the snowy, cloud-obscured mountains, accompanied by triumphant music.

Event:  1942
Production:  10/29/1942
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of George R. Wheeler
Record last modified: 2021-06-03 12:43:01
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