Westerplatte is a peninsula located in Gdańsk, Poland by the Baltic Coast and near the Dead Vistula in the Gdańsk harbor channel. From 1926 to 1939 it was the location of a Polish military transit depot & garrison. It is days became numbered when Nazi troops invaded the peninsula in the first battle of WWII.
The 1967 film of the same name, dramatizes this battle that took place over 4-5 days when 182 peasants and soldiers of the garrison held off the Germans until the number of wounded, no reinforcements, and twiddling ammunition lead to the officers at the garrison to surrender to the Germans.
I never heard of this first battle of World War II and when I found the film on Netflix I chose to watch it.
Initially the garrison officers got orders to hold off the invading Nazis for 12 hours which they think is feasible. However, the odds are against them with few defenders, lack of medical supplies, ammunition, and no chance of reinforcements which reduces the odds.
Once battle begins, communication with Warsaw becomes spotty, moral among officers slips yet they drive their men to keep going. And although, ammunition gets replenished, it happens less and less. Still most of the men and officers give it their all until the inevitable surrender occurs.
I like this black and white film very much film. The images are clear and crisp. The film did not drag and the pace of it is spot on. And I found the dramatization engaging.
Westerplatte Resists (1967) film: A drama about the first battle of World War II
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