In the wild and perilous mountains of Caucasus, Russian soldiers train to survive and fight under the command of two competitive officers. They will need to learn to communicate with signals, cross rivers using ropes, fire at targets, and navigate the difficult terrain to become true mountain soldiers.
In Russia, every schoolchild knows the name of Aleksey Maresyev. The legendary WWII fighter pilot’s heroic story was retold in a 1948 book, “The story of a real man”. After his plane was shot down by Nazi fire, he survived in the Russian wilderness for 18 days with broken legs and found his way to safety. Despite losing both legs in hospital, he still convinced doctors and military commanders that he should continue to fly. His example helped many who might otherwise have given up, some handicapped pilots say it inspired them to survive and continue with their careers.
The distinguishing features of Russia's elite Spetsnaz soldiers include their maroon berets, unparalleled physical fitness and ability to make the right decisions at lightning speed. Evgeny Epov was one such soldier; he made the ultimate sacrifice and saved the lives of several of his comrades.
On April 25, 1945, a historic meeting took place. Soviet troops had been pushing towards the Nazi army from the east, while the Americans attacked from the west. On this day, the allies met at the Elbe River. Now, two veterans of that decisive event meet again in Moscow to remember their victory.