The film is set in the Nazi-occupied Croatian Ustasha regime “NDH” in former Yugoslavia during WWII.
The film is told through the experiences of a little girl named Dara who is sent as a child during the Holocaust in the Balkans to the infamous extermination camp complex Jasenovac, also known as “Balkan’s Auschwitz”, when it was ruled by sadistic camp commander Maks Luburic until the liberation. After Dara’s brother and mother are killed, she tries to save the life of her younger brother, hoping that her father is still alive.
As an amateur military historian and researcher The Balkans in WW2 are a very interesting subject.
You find that many of the far-right militias and political groups that began in WW2 to fight Communism began to re-appear during the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990’s.
Back to 1942 a Chinese Made Period Piece/War Movie from 2012 that tells the tragic story of the great Henan Famine of 1942-43 and the invasion of mainland China by the Japanese. It stars Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins. (Chinese with English subtitles.)
I will warn you right now, this is a tough, gritty watch. It pulls no punches on how MILLIONS of civilians suffered and died, both by the inaction of the Chinese Government to aid those effected by the famine and the utter brutality of the invading Japanese.
The movie shows in great detail the utter chaos and despair of China at the time due to the ongoing Civil War between the Communist led by Mao and the Nationalist (Kuomintang) led by General Chiang Kai-Shek.
You can watch it for free HERE.
As always when watching any free streaming site, I recommend you ensure your anti-virus/malware software is up to date and you install a free ad/pop-up blocker such as UBLOCK Origin.
One of the most fascinating subjects about WW2 for me has always been the stories of the resistance fighters that the OSS and SOE supported throughout the war.
The 12th Man: A WW2 Epic of Escape and Endurance is the true story of Jan Baalsrud, whose struggle to escape the Gestapo and survive in Nazi-occupied Norway has inspired the international film of the same name. In late March 1943, in the midst of WWII, four Norwegian saboteurs arrived in northern Norway on a fishing cutter and set anchor in Toftefjord to establish a base for their operations. However, they were betrayed, and a German boat attacked the cutter, creating a battlefield and spiraling Jan Baalsrud into the adventure of his life. The only survivor and wounded, Baalsrud begins a perilous journey to freedom, swimming icy fjords, climbing snow-covered peaks, enduring snowstorms, and getting caught in a monstrous avalanche. Suffering from snowblindness and frostbite, more than sixty people of the Troms District risk their lives to help Baalsrud to freedom. Meticulously researched for more than five years, Karlsen Scott and Haug bring forth the truth behind this captivating, edge-of-your-seat, real-life survival story.
As a general rule, Foreign WW2 movies are always of higher quality than anything that comes out of Hollyweird. Yes, they have subtitles, but take my word on this, always choose reading subtitles than having the voices dubbed with out of sync ridiculous sounding voices!
12th Man (Den 12. mann) resembles other Nordic WW2 offerings like Max Manus: Man of War and Flame and Citron but differs in that the theme of the film revolves around SURVIVAL. In that regard it resembles movies like As Far As My Feet Will Carry Me and The Way Back.
The study of WW2 partisans is not just important from a historical perspective, but also from a Preparation standpoint as well.
History makes it plain that the ARMED citizens will always be the last bastion against Tyranny. And while an individual alone may be easy pickings, 5 individuals with a common goal joined together become a fist.
Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!