Land of Mine / Unter Dem Sand

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Freistatt
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Land of Mine / Unter Dem Sand

Post by Freistatt » 09 Oct 2016 22:37

Greetings,

For those of you interested, the new Danish movie, Land of Mine has come out on DVD. It's inspired by true events. German POWs, many of them just teenagers were forced to clear the minefields off the coast of Denmark after WWII. This also occurred in France as well. It is truly an inspiring movie and will make you shed a tear on what it means to be human. It is believed that thousands of these poorly trained and poorly equipped men and boys were killed and severely injured. This was of course against the Geneva convention as everyone already knows. I watched it recently and strongly recommend it for everyone. It's probably one of the best films that I've seen in quite some time. One caveat - I didn't see this version on Amazon. I'm unsure if there are English subtitles for this. I sent the company a note asking them if this version has it included.

Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Kao3t0NBMU

IMDB Review:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3841424/combined

Synopsis (spoilers)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_of_Mine

Historical Background:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/scand ... 20692.html

Amazon US:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss ... r+Freiheit

Amazon Germany:
https://www.amazon.de/gp/aw/d/B01L83Z16 ... ref=plSrch

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Re: Land of Mine / Unter Dem Sand

Post by askropp » 04 Jul 2017 11:47

I just watched it on Youtube after Waleed posted it in the movie quiz thread. A few points:

1.) It's very ironic that nearly the whole film is in German because that's the only language the prisoners understand.
2.) No one wears a Stahlhelm just for fun, so the prisoners would long have discarded them.
3.) Helmut is an officer. I doubt he would be kept with other ranks. In any case, 19 years seems too young for an Oberleutnant.
4.) When Rasmussen takes the survivors to the border, is there really freedom waiting? On the other side is the British zone of occupation, and they don't have any discharge papers.

Other than that, a very good movie.
Er ist wieder da. Aber auch dieses Mal wird er nicht siegen!

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Re: Land of Mine / Unter Dem Sand

Post by DavidFrankenberg » 11 Apr 2018 00:03

Any idea about the historical accuracy ?
It is said that 2000 germans demined 2.000.000 of mines. True ?
That half of the 2000 germans were wounded / died. True ?
All were teenagers ? True ?
The movie seems biased : he presents 14 teenagers as POWs and 10 died > 10/14 = 71%.
What was the real proportion of deads and woundeds ?
What was the age of the POWs ?

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Re: Land of Mine / Unter Dem Sand

Post by kstdk » 11 Apr 2018 00:08

Hello

See the answer here:

https://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic ... 0&t=234627

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Kurt
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