This DVD includes galleries of images showing infantry, anti-tank and heavy artillery units, supporting the video chapters. The video chapters are based on well-selected original film which is occasionally grainy and scratched as must be expected.
NAME: German Battle Units
CLASSIFICATION: Video, DVD, reviews
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword Digital, TPS
MEDIA: One DVD
FORMAT: Dual layer
RUNTIME: 55 minutes
PLAYERS: Personal Computer, Mac Computer, DVD Player
PRICE: GB £15.99
SUBJECT: Soldiers of the Wehrmacht, Western Front, Western Campaign, Eastern Front, all-arms formations, mechanized infantry, panzer divisions, heavy artillery, anti-tank defence, a Landser’s Life, kampfeinheiten
DESCRIPTION: The series of DVD based on original German film footage are probably best viewed as a complete series. There is very little direct footage overlap between each DVD, at least as this reviewer has so far viewed them, and much of the footage is very rare and probably seen nowhere since 1945 when some of it was used in training or in German newsreels. The real value is in the footage with sparse commentary, much of which is original and a Nazi propaganda presentation. There is topical overlap between the DVDs and this is inevitable because of the overlap between battle units, armour, campaigns and battles. This DVD includes galleries of images showing infantry, anti-tank and heavy artillery units, supporting the video chapters. The video chapters are based on well-selected original film which is occasionally grainy and scratched as must be expected. At some point, a film production company will take original film, copy it into digital format, remaster it and enhance the images frame by frame, converting it from black and white film to full colour video. In the process, carefully researched commentary will be added and interviews with veterans and experts will be inserted in appropriate locations. When those DVDs come on the market, they will add very little to the story told here and will lack the authenticity that comes from original film with all of its inevitable minor defects. From remastered and coloured film already published, no one has yet managed to overcome the challenges of converting film that has been shot as b&w with b&w lighting. The result is that this DVD and those others in the series will continue to provide absorbing viewing long into the future. The main target market for this DVD series is undoubtedly the military enthusiast, but the DVDs are affordable for a much wider range of viewers and should sell well.