German advance toward Caucasus
The amateur films shot by German infantryman Corporal Eugen Biedenbach of 419 Infantry Regiment record his training and active service in the German campaigns against Yugoslavia and on the southern sector of the Eastern Front. The films also containg pre- and post-war scenes of Biedenbach family life in Stuttgart (where the family of Eugen's wife owned a clothes store) as well as recreational activities.
Reel 16: Winter. German soldiers in village. Garmasch. Elderly Ukrainian peasant. Move to Latonovo, with patches of snow still lying. Destruction. Werchne Schiroky. In large town of Stalino, "Soldatenheim" (German soldiers' rest center). Edusch. Muddy period at start of year. Farmer. Military planes in sky. Solders march along muddy road, caravan. 03:07 Road sign in German to Uspenskaja and Pervomaisky, as well as medical center. Soldiers stop to look at local civilians (refugees) with carts loaded with belongings. Piles of potatoes.
03:45 Soldiers take leave in April 1942: Eugen stands with his comrades in train marked for Berlin. CUs.
04:45 Sun-bathing in villages. Marching to Krinski. Rostov. Advance continues towards Caucasus. Fieseler Storch flies low overhead and Sdkfz armored cars move forward. Crossing the River Kuban. Krasnodar. "Berg Gudsewa". Glebovka. Novorossiyisk. Goryachiy Klyuch. Passing camels on the plains. Scenes of fraternisation between German soldiers and local families. Advance moves into the more mountainous region of the Caucasus.
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