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Battle of the Neretva (1969) Wikipedia - Battle of Neretva

 

A giant production funded by Tito, complete with lavish locations, sets, props and extras. Western movies stars took all the big roles after being enticed by the large payments on offer. The script, screenwriting are both poor. Epics are difficult to write. The epic events must be reflected in much smaller circumstances which individual characters find themselves in.

Large scale motion picture production production in Yugoslavia was one of the products of Tito's gradual liberalisation of the Yugoslav economy, which included tourism and even export of guest workers to Northern Europe. Yugoslavia had all of the armaments required for the movie already in service with their army. Nazi built MG42s not only make an appearance but are carried about like they were rifles, their most prominent appearance in film ever. You can read about the real Battle of the Neretva in F.W.D. Deakin's Wikipedia - FWD Deakin memoir Embattled Mountain.

 

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The Nazi shadow falls across Europa

 

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An MG-42. The first of many appearances.

 

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A Soviet T-34 mocked up with fiberglass to look like a German 'Tiger'.

 

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This is a T-34 with fiberglass added to make it appear more like a generic 'German' tank. The Kingtiger and the Panther had rearward sloping rear 'transom' plates.

 

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A group of ersatz 'German' tanks moving up. The last in the line is a Soviet T-34 with fiberglass additions to make it look like a 'Tiger' and the first two are Soviet T-34s with fiberglass additions to make them look like a 'Panther'.

 

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As the Third Reich crumbles around him, Kurt Jurgens reaches for a bottle of Cinzano. Cheer-up, Kurt. You will have another chance at world-domination in For Your Eyes Only (1981)

 

 

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The partisans carry MG-42s complete with belts of ammunition.

 

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Orson Welles

 

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The bridge constructed especially for the motion picture.

 

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Orson Welles on location during the making of the Battle of the Neretva (1969)
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Battle of the Neretva: Crossing the river
The real Crossing of the Neretva

 

Balkans, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, Montenegro, Albania, Greece

Karte Yugoslavia Military Geography

 

 

+ SEE ALSO

- Kelly's Heroes (1970)

 

+ EXTERNAL LINKS

- After the Battle Magazine Link - journal of historical research

 

+ BIBLIOGRAPHY

- Embattled Mountain by F.W.D. Deakin Wikipedia - FWD Deakin

 

 

 

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