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Colberg, 1807 - The Film

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One of the last historic films made during the Third Reich 1944/45

was to encourage the spirit of holding out and not surrendering,

in memory of the besieged heroic city of Colberg, which held out against Napoleons troops until the Armistice in 1807

Joseph Goebels personally watched over the progress of the film in making. An epic film made in difficult times

whilst on the brink of total collapse. Film was made in the original settings in Colberg and in Breslau - before their destruction!

 

 

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Some background material on the making of the film: The most expensive film ever made in Germany - 2 million Reichsmarks, and using over 175.000 men

 

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I always thought the story of the making of Kolberg would make a great modern movie too.To think Goebels personally oversaw the making of this film ,even pulling 50,000 soldiers from active duty to film the battle scenes, all this when the Russians were advancing towards Germany. Another crazy story from WW2 that not allot of people know about.

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The most expensive film ever made in Germany - 2 million Reichsmarks, and using over 175.000 men from the Wehrmacht.

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I also read somewhere it had the biggest cast in any movie until Gandhi was made in the 1980's

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Horst Casper played the rôle of August Neidhardt von Gneisenau, the defender of Colberg in the film. His predecessor, Géneralmajeur Ludwig Moritz de Lucadou, was played by Paul Wegener. Lucadou had not won the trust of Bürgermeister Nettelbeck and the citizens of Colberg. He spoke with a French accent and did not understand the "Platt" dialect of the region. He had also suffered a stroke, then being replaced by Gneisenau.

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Helden der Befreiungskriege

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Königin Luise von Preußen, *Hannover, 1776- Hohenzieritz, 1810+

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General Lieutenant Gerhard Johann David von Scharnhorst, Heeresreformer
* 1755, gefallen bei Großgörschen, 1813+

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August Neidhardt von Gneisenau, Generalfeldmarschall und Heeresreformer,  *1760-1831+

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Friedrich Wilhelm Graf Bülow von Dennewitz, *1755-1816+

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Johann David Ludwig Graf Yorck von Wartenburg,  Generalfeldmarschall,  *1759-1830+
Leitete die Befreiungskriege gegen Napoléon ein.

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Bogislav Friedrich Emanuel Graf Tauentzien von Wittenbergen, General der Infanterie, *1760-1824+

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Friedrich Graf Kleist von Nollendorf, Generalfeldmarschall, *1762-1823+

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Gerhard Leberecht Blücher von Wahlstatt, Generalfeldmarschall, *1742-1819+

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Ludwig Adolf Freiherr von Lützow, Generalmajor u. Freikorpsführer, *1782-1834+

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Major Ferdinand von Schill, *1776-1809+

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Stralsund 31.5.1809, Major v. Schill fällt im Straßenkampf

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This stone marks the spot in Stralsund where Major von Schill fell. Stone has survived WW2 and the purges of the DDR.

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Schill Denkmal in Braunschweig

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Schill Denkmal in Stralsund, recently restored for 58.000 Euros, the sword, stolen in 2017, is still missing.

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Schills officers were shot on order of Napoléon in Wesel. All of the n.c.o.'s and other ranks were sent to the galleys
in overseas.

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Theodor Körner, artist, writer, patriot, *23.9.1791-26.8.1813+, gefallen bei Gadebusch / Mecklenburg

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Friesen, Körner und Heinrich Hartmann auf Vorposten

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Theodor Körner bei den Lützower Jägern

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Grave of Theodor Körner in the churchyard at Wöbbelin

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Theodor Körner, obelisk marks the spot in Forst Rosenow, Lützow, where Körner fell

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From a former memorial in Tafelfichte / Isergebirge (CZ), recently recoverd. The bullet holes are from the second world war.

Verses from Theodor Körner: Das Volk steht auf - der Sturm bricht los!

 

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