This war feature film was one of the few contemporary films shot during and about battles in WWII. The main actors included Carl Raddatz, Joachim Brennecke, Karl Ludwig Diehl, Gisela Uhlen, and Hans Richter. The Director was Fritz Kirchhoff.
The film's storyline:
After the death of his father, war volunteer Eickhoff ( actor J.Brennecke) is treated harshly by his superior officer, Schulz ( actor C.Raddatz). Schulz believes this to be the legacy of his fallen friend Eickhoff because he wanted to make his son an officer. But the punishment of young Eickhoff destroys all such future plans.
During the invasion of France the troop has to prove itself in a dangerous manoeuvre. Schulz and Eickhoff are captured without resistence as tough hostilities had threatened a planned attack. Eickhoff is able to free himself and makes a break–through by German soldiers possible. Only later does he discover the unnoticed and fatherly help that Schulz provided to him.
We have in the Collection 24 original lobby cards (AHF), one of the original two posters which were never used, and the cinema owner's promotional guide (Werberatschlag) -- all of these are extremely rare – produced by Ufa before the film was banned due to changes on the Western Front which made the film's storyline problematic for German censors.
(LEFT, below) The ad for the film which appeared in March, 1943 in the government's Der Deutsche Film publication just before the film was banned. (RIGHT, below) the cinema owner's guide to assist in marketing the film, showing both poster designs at the top, and the "window poster" (Kleinplakat) at the bottom. Due to war rationing of paper, the larger posters were printed only in the DIN A1 size, not the larger A0 size common to most of our Collection's original German posters. Our Collection holds the poster shown on the right, as you can see further below.
Three stills from the film chosen from the twenty-four stills in our Collection.