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An Essay Addressing The Inaccuracy Of The Movie "Enemy At The Gates".

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During World War 2, Germany fought a crucial battle with Russia in the city of Stalingrad. The victory of the battle was needed for both sides, Germany needing it to advance and win the war, Russia needing it to protect the dignity of Joseph Stalin, which the city was named after. If Russia had not won the battle, Germany and Hitler would have won the war, creating the Nazi society they dreamed about. Simply put, it is a movie about Russian Propaganda. Russia incorporated a small heroic feat of a young peasant sniper known as Vassili Zaitsev into their propaganda that eventually lead to the defeat of Germany in Stalingrad because of Red army troops with high morale. This basic idea of the story is true, but the other aspects the movie portrayed were not. Therefore, this movie should not be recommended for educational purposes because of its lack of historical accuracy and a convincing plot.The plot of the movie is quite easy to understand. It took place in World War 2 Russia in the eyes of Russian soldiers fighting Germany in Stalingrad. The battlefields were depicted pretty well. There were propaganda broadcasts 24 hours a day. The German army pummeled through Russian munitions-starved soldiers easily with their tanks until the point where Germany's army ceased to function properly. A young peasant soldier, with perfect marksmanship known as Vassili Zaitsev was the hero of the movie. The first battle in Stalingrad was a slaughter on the Russian Side. However, Vassili, one of the survivors of the Red Army, managed to snipe a general and numerous other German soldiers while hiding under a dead body. Vassili safely returned to the Red Army camp. Meanwhile, one of the witnesses of Vassili's killing spree after the lost battle was a propaganda officer. He made huge propaganda posters, broadcasts, and circulated papers about a godlike sniper being on the Russian side, ensuring the Red army that they will win. Zaitsev soon became the inspiration of the entire Red Army, especially when he went to visit Stalin personally to get his "Hero of the Soviet Union" medal, the highest prize possible in Russia. Germany's legendary sniper, Major Konig was ordered by Germany to eliminate Zaitsev in order to cripple the Red Army's morale. Unfortunately for Zaitsev, Major Konig was numerous times better than him. Vassili had a young child inspired by him. As a friend, his child made voyages to Major Konig and gained information about where he will be in his next sniping journey. The child then gave the information to Vassili, indicating where Konig would be. After many deaths to his comrade snipers and his young friend, Vassili finally cornered Konig and eliminated him. The war ended soon after that, making Zaitsev one of the best snipers in the world with more than 400 kills.Many of these basic concepts were true and even the weapons were accurate, but a majority were false. Primarily, "there has not been any documented proof that the legendary sniper duel between...

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