Fortress of War

Brestskaya krepost (2010)
Director: Aleksandr Kott
Actors: Aleksey Kopashov, Andrey Merzlikin, Pavel Derevyanko
Runtime: 132 min

In spite of accelerated militarization and the growing awareness that the war between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany is inevitable, in the days immediately preceding the beginning of the war, Stalin refused to accept the credibility of the evidence saying that the attack will begin on 22nd June 1941. That is why Soviet combat readiness wasn’t at an adequate level, which led to the complete collapse of the front and huge losses in manpower and equipment.

This is the story of the heroic defense of the Brest Fortress, which was among the first to come under attack during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union. The defenders held out for longer than expected and were able to inflict losses on the Germans – here occurred the first withdrawal of the German Army on the Eastern Front. Therefore, Brest became a symbol of Soviet resistance at the beginning of the war. Based on actual events.

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