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Rzhev: Georgi Zhukov's Unknown Battle

Produced by : OOO “DIGITAL STEALTH” (RUSSIA)
Year : 2009
Duration : 01
Number of series : 1
Written by : ALEXEY PIVOVAROV
Directed by : SERGEY NURMAMED
Produced by : ALEXEY PIVOVAROV
Starring : NON-PROFESSIONAL ACTORS
In January 1942 — March 1943 on the so-called the Rzev-Sychevka salient, 150-200 km from Moscow (where Wehrmacht troops were pushed back to after the famous Red Army counter-offensive of 1941) there was launched one of the biggest battle. During four large-scale offensive operations Soviet forces tried to eliminate the salient, aimed at the capital, and to encircle the 9th Army of Group Centre. In total, fierce battles on this rather small area lasted for 13 months but failed to reach the desired objectives of the operation as the Rzev salient was not liquidated. In March 1943 German troops were ordered to withdraw from the salient to shorten their front line, preparing for summer offensive near Kursk. According to the historians, the losses suffered during Rzev battles were probably the hugest in World War II. The losses suffered by the Red Army are estimated as equal to one million people while the total death toll is about two millions. Rzhev and neighboring towns were completely ruined. War’s consequences can be observed till now. The main positive result of the battles was that German troops could not send any unit located near Rzhev to the South, to take part in the Battle of Stalingrad. After war Rzhev battles were mentioned seldom and reluctantly. The operations were called “separate”, “unfinished”, “diversionary” and “tactical”. And though after the year of 1991 the situation changed and many detailed researches have been written about Rzhev battles, we must confess that comparing to the Battle of Moscow or the Battle of Stalingrad, Rzev battles are still not well-known to the public. Many people are aware that it was a battlefield only thanks to Tvardovsky’s poem “I was killed near Rzhev”. This film will tell you about the events of these days with the help of modern TV and cinema devices.