Hitler's fateful decision to invade the Soviet Union proved to be the decisive turning point that led to his defeat in Europe. Though 1941's successful Operation Barbarossa netted huge swaths of Soviet territory, the Nazis' attempt on Moscow was derailed by the harsh Russian winter, while the subsequent Battle of Stalingrad completely destroyed Nazi forces. Both of these disastrous campaigns ultimately led to the weakening of both the German military and Hitler's own psyche, resulting in the Allies' march into Berlin and the Führer's suicide shortly thereafter. Part of the fascinating WAR ZONE series, this documentary traces the history of Hitler's "Russian Adventure" through voice-over narration, interviews, rare archival footage, 3D graphics, and dramatic re-creations.
- 115 min