Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Battle of Warsaw

Whilst I was doing some shopping last Saturday I saw a DVD on sale that looked interesting, so I bought it ... and I managed to watch it today.

The title was BATTLE OF WARSAW, and it appears that this is the most expensive film ever made in Poland (it was originally made in 3D) and having seen it, I can see why.


The film tells the story of the war between Soviet Russia and Poland that took place just after the end of the Russian Civil War from the point-of-view of a newly-married Polish cavalry officer and his wife. The latter begins the war as a performer in a Warsaw night-club and ends it as a nurse. The young officer is captured by the Soviet Red Army (after being sentenced to death on trumped up charges of Communist agitation and hitting a superior officer), from whom he later manages to escape - with the help of some Cossacks - so that he can rejoin the Polish Army. The film culminates with a depiction of incidents from the Battle of Warsaw.

The battle scenes have been rightly described as spectacular, ...


... and it was nice to see some Polish FT17s ...


... and Russian tchankas in action during the film.


The version of the film that I bought has subtitles, and I know that this will not appeal to everyone, but I think that despite this anyone with an interest in the interwar era will enjoy watching this film.

12 comments:

  1. I don't know if you heard about some FT-17s being found in Kabul recently but this follow up might be of interest

    http://www.mfa.gov.pl/en/news/historic_tank_to_return_to_poland_from_afghanistan

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  2. Looks really promising- have ordered! Thanks for the heads-up.

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  3. Nigel Drury,

    I knew about the Kabul 'find' ... but not about the follow-up to the story.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  4. BigRedBat,

    There is also an armoured train (it is the one that Trotsky is supposed to using) but it only appears on screen for a few seconds.

    I hope that you enjoy it when you watch it; I certainly did.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Cheers for the heads up, will look out for it in our local HMV's closing down sale.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  6. Pete,

    Good luck looking for it in the HMV sale. I bought mine for £8.00 in the local branch of Tesco.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Definitely sounds like something I will have to see.

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  8. Francis Lee,

    This is one film where 'a cast of thousands' actually looks true!

    I must admit that watching this film has encouraged me - yet again - to give serious thought to wargaming the interwar period.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  9. Oooh armoured trains....


    I had seen clips of this on Youtube - good to know it is worth getting.

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  10. Pat G,

    It only cost me £8.00 ($12.00) in my local supermarket, and was therefore not a lot more than it would have cost me to watch online ... so I thought that it was a bargain.

    The armoured train only appears very, very briefly ...

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Thanks for posting about this. Not a lot of films about Polish military history. I'll keep an eye out for it.

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  12. Sean,

    Other than a couple of films about the Warsaw Rising, I cannot think of any other films that cover modern Polish military history.

    Watch and enjoy!

    All the best,

    Bob

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