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16 Days in Berlin: The Climactic Battle of WW2 in Europe

The team that produced The Great War channel on YouTube, now organized as an independent company call Real Time History, is working an ambitious and very exciting project to create a documentary history of the Battle of Berlin, entitled “16 Days in Berlin”. The project would continue the day-by-day format of The Great War, covering the details of the climactic battle of WW2 in Europe – the Battle of Berlin.

Today I had a chance to chat with Florian Wittig, head of Real Time History, about the project and its ongoing IndieGoGo fundraising campaign. The campaign has nearly met its basic goal as of this filming, but additional funding beyond the goal will provide the team with the ability to make the series bigger, deeper, and better in many ways. It will allow the episodes to be longer, and it will allow RTH to do more with animated graphics, license more original footage and photography, fund original research by professional historians, expand collaborations with specialist YouTube content creators (like Military History Visualized and Military Aviation History, as well as myself) and museums like the German Tank Museum and the Bovington Tank Museum.

In addition to the progression of the battle itself, the series will go on location to show us some of the actual locations in Berlin, and will cover a variety of related topics (the more funding they get, the more of this there can be). I will be covering (not surprisingly…) some of the small arms that played an essential role, like the Panzerfaust.

The 16 episodes of the series will not be available on YouTube – the Battle of Berlin is essentially a complete collection of all the elements that YouTube quietly censors, and RTH does not want to try to write the show around YouTube’s hidden rules and algorithms. Instead, it will be available via non-YouTube video hosting for those who fund it in the IndieGoGo campaign and those who pay to see it.

I am excited to see a small and passionate company take on the challenge of producing high-quality, detailed historical content outside the realm of the old-world mass media! I think there is a great potential for this project itself, and also to prove that this model works and to see where RTH and similar teams can take it in the future. I have pledged to the campaign myself, and if you want to help make this as good as it possibly can be I hope you will join me.

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