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World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel

“World War Two: 1941 and the Man of Steel” is a BBC documentary released in June 31, 2011. It was broadcasted to commemorate the 70Th anniversary of Operation Barbarossa where the Nazis invaded USSR in 1941. The TV program, which re-examines the true power of Russia’s leader, Stalin, was directed by Russell Barnes and hosted by historian professor David Reynolds.

Stalin’s name literally means “man of steel” but Reynolds was able to uncover information that proved otherwise. This film exposes how Stalin reacted to the military advancements made by the Nazis. It also details how his American and British allies were caught in a bind as they ended up supporting a man who was as ruthless as Hitler himself. Reynolds discusses how Stalin panicked when his tactics were being thwarted by the Nazis, which almost cost him his defeat. Eventually, the Russian leader had to give in to the military strategies suggested by his generals and appeal to their citizens in defending their country.

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