08/15 Second part

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Original title 08/15 Second part
08 15 Second part Logo 001.svg
Country of production Germany
original language German
Publishing year 1955
length 110 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director Paul May
script Ernst von Salomon
production Ilse Kubaschewski
Walter Traut
music Rolf A. Wilhelm
camera Georg Krause
cut Walter Boos

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08/15 Second part is a German feature film from 1955. It is the second part of the three-part film series 08/15 , which is based on Hans Hellmut Kirst's novel 08/15 .


The run-of-the-mill police operations continue on the Eastern Front: Lieutenant Wedelmann, the extremely successful and popular boss of the artillery battery, in which Asch, Vierbein and Kowalski are also deployed, is replaced by Captain Witterer, who has been on the home front until now was. On the one hand, he wants to make himself as comfortable as possible, on the other hand, he wants to finally get a medal.

The four-legged officer, who has meanwhile been promoted to sergeant, is still a meek and dreamy young man, but as a tank fighter awarded the Iron Cross 1st class , he has now earned the respect of his superiors. He is sent home by Lieutenant Colonel von Plönnies with the special order to bring the new radio equipment to the front that had been requested months ago. First Lieutenant Schulz (who was denied a frontline deployment until the end) is initially happy to see Vierbein again. However, when he found out about his award, he became jealous and tried to put obstacles in the way of four-legged friends; With the help of Lieutenant Colonel von Plönnies, who disciplines Schulz, Vierbein can still fulfill his assignment. However, on his farewell visit to Lore Schulz, who is deeply connected to him, he has to realize to his chagrin that he has forgotten how to play the piano through the constant handling of weapons.

Back at the front, Vierbein became the shocking victim of the fanatical and ruthless Witterer, who got away unharmed: During a completely senseless anti-tank operation, he desperately took refuge in a cover hole, over which a Soviet tank rotated on its own axis, leaving Vierbein alive buried. Asch and Kowalski find a love letter with pacifist statements from their dead boyfriend, addressed to Asch's sister Ingrid, with whom four-legged friend was involved. Asch finally reads it out while the melody of the song The Good Comrade plays in the background .


The film was directed by the production company KG Divina GmbH & Co. produced. The company belonged to Ilse Kubaschewski , who was also the owner of the first distributor Gloria-Film GmbH & Co. Filmverleih KG . The outdoor shots were taken in the vicinity of Jämijärvi in Finland, the studio shots in the Divina-Studio Baldham .

The world premiere took place on August 12, 1955 in several cities, including Hamburg, Dortmund and Duisburg.


  • “Even more ordinary than the first part and more interested in laughter in the parquet than in the critical illumination of country morality. The serious conclusion is not a sufficient counterbalance. ”- 6000 films. Critical notes from the cinema years 1945 to 1958. Handbook V of the Catholic film criticism, 3rd edition, Verlag Haus Altenberg, Düsseldorf 1963, p. 324.
  • "The Second World War as fun entertainment - film continuation based on the trivial novel by Kirst." (Rating: 2 stars = average) - Adolf Heinzlmeier and Berndt Schulz in the lexicon "Films on TV" (extended new edition). Rasch and Röhring, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-89136-392-3 , p. 615.
  • "[...] even more vulgar than the first part and - despite the put on 'serious' ending - completely useless as a confrontation with the morality of the country." - Lexicon of international film


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Dr. Alfred Bauer: German feature film Almanach. Volume 2: 1946-1955 , p. 542
  2. 08/15 Second part. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used