In the late 1930s, Hitler was menacing central and eastern Europe – and the Soviet Union, after initially attempting to appease him, was finally realising the scale of the threat posed by Nazi Germany. So how to get the Soviet public onside? Step forward brilliant movie director Sergei Eisenstein. In a film called Alexander Nevsky, he depicted the heroic struggle of the Russian medieval armies against the Teutonic knights. The Battle of the Ice still chills me to the bone – a fantastic piece of film making. The music is by the composer Prokoviev. Unfortunately, Stalin pulled the movie after he decided to enter into new negotiations with Hitler.
Published by Tony McMahon
Broadcaster and award short-listed author. Appearances on the History Channel and UKTV talking about the Knights Templar and other popular history topics. Former BBC producer and communications consultant to the UK government. Second edition of The Battle for British Islam (Saqi Books) out in June 2018. View all posts by Tony McMahon