For the first time ever, the Battle of Stalingrad - which cost hundreds of thousands of lives and marked the turning point of World War II - is portrayed not only from a German perspective. The three-part film was conceived and edited by internationally acknowledged documentary filmmakers S. Dehnhardt, C. Deick and J. Milliner, whose in-depth reports on World War II and the Nazi era confirm their expertise in this domain. While the program reveals new historical facts, it addresses above all the viewer's heart, and not only his mind. Individual destinies hold centre stage, as survivors from both sides describe their harrowing experiences and provide some of the last eyewitness accounts that will ever be recorded. Gripping reports from people close to the centres of power alternate with these moving testimonies. Particularly chilling are excerpts from 8mm films shot by soldiers during the siege. Russian archives opened their doors to the filmmakers, granting them exclusive access to documents and rare footage of Stalingrad. Archival film was digitally restored and scanned in HD, with some coloration of black and white material. Finally, 3D animation helped recreate the city of Stalingrad and document its destruction in the course of the trilogy.