Background[ edit ] As the Battle of Stalingrad slowly ground to its conclusion, the Red Army moved to a general offensive in the south, pressuring the exhausted German forces who had survived the winter. Kursk fell to the Soviets on 8 Februaryand Rostov fell on 14 February. He received an approval from Hitler for a counteroffensive against the Soviet forces advancing in the Donbass region.
Battle of Kharkov - War and Propaganda By: Goebbels was having trouble getting people into theaters to watch his propaganda films. He had the intelligent idea of manipulating newsreel. Newsreels were real life footage of soldiers not staged scenesso he thought the German public would watch for information on the war.
He hoped that those films would urge people to join the war effort. The Battle of Kharkov was one of those films, although this propaganda film is a little different from the rest. The first topic of discussion is the target of The Battle of Kharkov. The target was the German population as a whole.
Goebbels was having problems filling the theaters to his other propaganda films, so he thought he would take a different approach to things.
The newsreels were perfect for him because people liked to watch them for information on the war.
The other great part of the newsreels is that people believed them. The next step in the discussion of this film is the objective. The objective is quite simple: The interesting part of this is how Goebbels did it. He used the clever technique of propaganda by omission. This is skewing or withholding the truth to manipulate the falseily presented outcome of a situation.
The newsreels in this film were skewed, and there was definitely footage that was withheld. The footage used was only that of Germanys being superior over the Soviets.
There was not one shot of the Soviet forces destroying or even hurting the German forces.
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There were a couple great shots of the carpet-bombing that the Germans were doing over the Soviet forces. This footage really drove home the fact that the Germans are destroying the Soviets and there is nothing that they can do to stop them.
One interesting technique used in this film was that of animation. Although the animation was crude; I believe the crudeness was used very strategically. The animation was used to illustrate how the German forces were advancing on the Soviets.
I believe that the animation was crude and simplistic for the fact as that they wanted it simply. Goebbels wanted it easy for people to understand what their army was doing exactly.
The animation was a very powerful cinematic tool for them. Another nice advantage of animation, is that you can make it work however you want without facts or anything. Another very interesting technique used in the film was that of narration.
This was a very powerful tool, that Goebbels took advantage of. With the use of narration the film could add very influential statements to enhance the effectiveness of the film. One of the statements was in respect to the number of troops that the Soviets had inferior to the Germans.
Another was the constant reminder that the Soviet defeat is eminent and that Germany is going to come out on top. I believe that the soundtrack of this film was one of the most influential techniques used in this film.
During the whole film triumph music was being played. Always there was a note of victory playing in the background.The Battle of Kursk was a decisive battle of World War II. It remains the largest armored battle of all time, and included the most costly single day of aerial warfare in history.
Although originally planned as a German offensive, the Soviet defense was so successful that they were able to turn it into a rout. The Battle of Stalingrad (23 August – 2 February ) was the largest confrontation of World War II, in which Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in Southern Russia..
Marked by fierce close quarters combat and direct assaults on civilians in air raids, it was the largest . The Battle of Kursk was a Second World War engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near Kursk ( kilometres or miles south-west of Moscow) in the Soviet Union, during July and August Nov 02, · The Third Battle of Kharkov was a series of battles on the Eastern Front of World War II, undertaken by the German Army Group South against the Red Army, around the city of .
World War II: The Battle of Kharkov-Izyum, May German troops (Sdkfz. ) roll by carts on a road at Losowenyka during the Kharkov-Izyum encirclement battle, This photo, probably taken in late summer or early fall , could be a staged Soviet propaganda photo or a frame from a still film.
Since it was declassified after the war, it is possible it was taken by a German photographer during the Battle of Kharkov or Kiev and was part of a Soviet intelligence portfolio.