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THIRD REICH 1945 The Desperate Days
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THIRD REICH 1945 The Desperate Days

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With Nazi Germany in its death throes, the civilian population looked to the weekly newsreels for some sign of hope that all was not lost. The German propagandists responded with exhilarating film reports of successful counter attacks and new weapons to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Part 1: Newsreel No. 747 Released in Theaters: January 4, 1945
Germany: Hitler Jugend members ski down a slope with torches and "HJ" flags in a dramatic nighttime winter solstice ceremony. Over Hungary, Stukas armed with 37mm cannons lay waste to countless Russian T-34 and Stalin tanks. On the Western Front the Ardennes offensive is opened with a 1,000 gun artillery bombardment, swarms of American GI's surrender. W-SS and Fallshirmjägers, Panther and Stug 40's surge past wrecked American equipment.

Part 2: Newsreel: No. 748 Released in Theaters: January 11, 1945
Germany: Official Volksgrenadier swearing-in ceremony, oaths are taken and weapons are handed out. Volkssturm units are formed and equipped with new uniforms and panzerfausts. More scenes from the Battle of the Bulge showing the Germans advancing over a shattered foe. Luftwaffe fighter planes launch massive raids against Allied airfields: stunning gun camera footage of B-17s being torn to flaming shreds.

PART 3: Newsreel No. 752 Released in Theaters: February 17, 1945
Germany: In the Strassburg area, white clad Fallschirmjäger anti-tank units destroy numerous Sherman tanks. Panther tanks advance in the East as FW-190s take to the skies to attack Soviet positions on the Oder. SS Fallshirmjägers blast Russian armor to a stand still.

PART 4: Newsreel No. 753 Released in Theaters: March 5, 1945
Eastern Front: Stuka ace Oberst Hans Rudel is interviewed in an SS field hospital after being shot down and seriously injured. Scenes of wounded Army and W-SS troops retreating in Hungary. Russian war atrocities against German civilians. Propaganda Minister Dr. Joseph Goebbels visits the front on the Oder River.

4:9 Standard Size, Digital Mono, 46 minutes, German narration with English subtitles, NTSC DVD Format, Region 0: Plays in every region. One Disc.

About Us

J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing went into business in 1983 as Military Book Distributor, selling other companies’ books through the mail. Many of those books were in German, and so during the next few years a number of individuals commented on how it would be nice to see them in English. I investigated the costs and possibilities, and the first book was printed; 400 copies of a 40-page biography on Paul Hausser (how many of you own that one?). This was followed by European Volunteers, the first hard cover and first translation. And here we are now, almost 100 books later, and many more to go.

From the first day, the company’s objective was to provide translations of the very best German-language books covering the German ground forces in WW II and to publish them in a format that would last many years (hard cover, on acid-free paper, with laminated covers). It appears that we have been fairly successful.

Started as a one-man operation by John Fedorowicz, the company grew steadily until more help was needed. Over time, 3 partners came on board and we added Tiger Hobbies as a local outlet for modelers and book buyers. Eventually, as times and economic circumstances demanded, the company has returned to the original owner. However, Sharron, who came on board in 2002 as office manager, has stayed to keep me in line and on target. Ken helps with Tiger Hobbies. So here we are, John, Sharron and Ken - when you call you will get one of us.

Defying the hard economic situation, we plan to publish many more excellent books in the future and to serve your reading and modeling needs for many more years.