From the people that put us in the ground, to the people who dig us back up again.
Ten extraordinary days, ten ordinary characters, ten overlapping stories. From all points of the compass, bearing down to the same moment: the end of the biggest war the world has ever known.
Combining large-scale reconstructions with traditional documentary storytelling, Ten Days to Victory evokes the climactic last moments of the Second World War. Ten Days To Victory interweaves the stories of ten very different people caught up in the liberation of Europe from the grip of Nazi terror. Their diaries, letters and interviews provide a unique insight into the dramatic events of some of the most gripping and terrifying days in history.
For these individuals, as for millions of others, the German surrender on 8 May 1945 marks the end of everything that has consumed their lives for five long years.
In order to defeat it, General Dwight Eisenhower leads the most powerful force ever assembled under one man. British Commando Cliff Morris fights his way to the North, clearing the way for Montgomery’s army, who must get to the Baltic before the Russians. In Holland, Canadian Officer Farley Mowat embarks on a daredevil mission to help save the lives if thousands of starving people; and Australian pilot John Currie risks his life to feed them.
American paratrooper Clancy Lyall encounters one of the terrible secrets of the Nazi Regime as he liberates one of their concentration camps. Italian Partisan Urbano Lazzaro hastens the end of the war when he finds and captures Benito Mussolini trying to escape from Italy. And locked underground with Hitler, Rochus Misch witnesses the marriage and suicide of the Fuhrer.
At the heart of the film is the Battle for Berlin: while Russian soldier Vasily Ustugov storms the city to plunge the red flag into the “lair of the fascist beast,”. One German girl, Gerda Petersohn, endures the most horrific days of her life. Like so many others, she has no idea how or when the horror will end.
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