5 June (film)

5 June (German: Der 5. Juni) is a 1942 German war film directed by Fritz Kirchhoff and starring Carl Raddatz, Joachim Brennecke and Karl Ludwig Diehl. The film depicts the events of 1940 when German forces successfully invaded France. It was shot on location in France and Germany. Constant changes to the film, often at the request of the German military, led to large cost overruns.[1] In November 1942, the film was banned by the Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels for unspecified reasons. It has been speculated that Goebbels thought the film was not entertaining enough or wished to avoid offending the Vichy government of France.[2]

5 June
Directed byFritz Kirchhoff
Produced byWalter Ulbrich
Written byWalter Ulbrich
Music byGeorg Haentzschel
CinematographyWalter Pindter
Edited byWalter Wischniewsky
Distributed byUFA
Release date
  • 25 August 1942 (1942-08-25)
Running time
99 minutes

Main cast


  1. Kreimeier p. 347
  2. Eltin p. 177


  • Eltin, Richard A., ed. (2002). Art, Culture, and Media Under the Third Reich. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 978-0-226-22087-1.
  • Kreimeier, Klaus (1999). The Ufa Story: A History of Germany's Greatest Film Company, 1918–1945. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-22069-0.
  • Hull, David Stewart (1969). Film in the Third Reich: A Study of the German Cinema, 1933–1945. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-01489-3.
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