|Original title:||08/15 Trilogie|
|Format:||3 x two hours, HD|
|Directed by:||Paul May|
|Produced by:||Produced by Divina Film GmbH & Co in association with Beta|
08/15 TrilogyPart 1 - A German army barracks shortly before the outbreak of World War II. Private Asch, whose conduct and spotless record make him a model soldier, starts disobeying orders when a buddy of his is about to commit suicide because of unbearable bullying by Platzek, their superior. Angered into action, Asch also uncovers corruption; when shots are fired at sergeant Schulz, an at- tempt is made to lay the blame on Asch. Not to be intimidated, resourceful Asch reports the incidents to the higher-ups and causes the major to start an investigation of the entire barracks. Ultimately Asch is promoted, while Platzek is transferred for disciplinary reasons.
Part 2 - Ordinary army life goes on at the front, as it did in the training unit at home. While a new battalion commander takes over lieutenant Wedel- mann's unit and causes a lot of confusion through giving senseless orders, non-commissioned officer Vierbein is ordered home in order to fetch radio equipment. In the meantime sergeant Asch and his friend Kowalski are trying to do something against the narrowmindedness of the army spirit at the Russian front, while lieutenant Wedelmann falls in love with a Russian interpreter. After Vierbein's return the front is to be pulled back. The retreat is interrupted by a Russian attack, in the course of which Vierbein dies.
Part 3- The last days of the Second World War: The heads of the army have left the fighting troops. They are already having their soup in the communication zone or at home, while Asch, having been promoted to lieutenant, is on the trail of two SS men who, dressed up as Wehrmacht officers, are trying to secure their stolen goods by murdering others. Behind all the weird happenings which Asch observes, the American news service suspects a mysterious and dangerous system. The foremost greatest patriots and troublemakers become the victors' most enthusiastic collaborators.