This German production that neither glorifies nor demonizes the Nazi army focuses on perhaps World War II's most brutal campaign, as a platoon of German soldiers watch a summer mission turn hellish when the ferocious Russian winter sets in. Director Joseph Vilsmaier's raw and unforgettable dramatization provides an unvarnished look at one of the biggest triumphs in the Allied campaign -- and how the Germans troops plunged from arrogance to despair.

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