City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War.
The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks where over two-hundred thousand Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed and an estimated 20,000 chinese girls and women of all ages were raped.
Shot predominantly in Black and White with English Subtitles, this is an epic WW2 Movie that needed to be made to chronicle one of the worst wartime massacres of the 20th century.
You can watch City of Life and Death for free HERE
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Just when you thought you had seen all the worthwhile Foreign WW2 Movies, one pops up that surprises you.
This one comes out of Italy and chronicles the life of a young Italian infantry solider on the front in North Africa in 1942.
A poignant, thoughtful war movie that shows both the human and absurd side of war.
On the one hand, the Italian soldiers on the front lines were made to starve and die of thirst because the Italian High Command were sending boot polish and horses for the “triumphant entry into Alexandria” instead of sending bullets, water, medicine, replacements and rations to run Montgomery out of North Africa!
Read the full Movie Summary HERE.
For all you fellow World War Two historians, here is a LIST of the weapons shown in the movie.
El Alamein – The Line of Fire can be seen HERE.
(Italian with English Subs)
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A harrowing tale of survival in Post World War Two Poland.
The story centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose husband, a German soldier, was killed in the war, leaving her alone on their farm. A single woman had no defense against Russian soldiers who raped as a form of revenge, nor against plundering Poles who found themselves in desperate straits. The law of the jungle had replaced the rule of law. Help arrives for Rose in the form of Tadeusz, a former officer in the Polish Home Army who survived the Warsaw uprising and is attempting to hide his identity.
This is a gritty, realistic story of how the Soviet’s raped and plundered all across Eastern Europe after World War Two.
Few historians will admit that this is exactly what Hitler was trying to stop in invading Russia in 1941.
You can watch Rose on Amazon Prime.