Shooting War in Germany
Author: Michael Kloft
Length: 2 x 54'
“Crossing the Roer was no piece of cake. Rest was snatched in a period of minutes, not hours. Fatigue and trench food made every step of that operation tough as hell. We looked more haggard than the Nazis we captured.” (Samuel Fuller)
When American troops started their final invasion of Nazi Germany in mid-February 1945, U.S.-Army cameramen were at their side. They filmed many hours of incredible war footage on 35-mm celluloid. More than a thousand reels have been preserved in American archives; many of them have not been touched in decades. They are for World War II what we have seen so far only from the wars in Vietnam and most recently in Iraq. Embedded with the troops, the cameramen covered many stories of victory and defeat, death and liberation. Faces of despair and joy, scenes of war and peace, meticulously filmed by masters of the profession. Stories on the road from the Bulge over the Remagen Bridge to the Eagle’s Nest. 12 weeks of fighting in Germany until the ultimate collapse of the Third Reich.
Writer and director Michael Kloft has screened all the footage and selected the most striking scenes for his two-part documentary. He and his team researched the stories attached and found amazing war diaries, moving letters and eyewitness accounts that describe what happened. He will put together a chronicle of the last days of a war that cost 55 million lives and ended 60 years ago.
year of production: 2005