So I was pretty excited to see how open ended the final project was, and I have a good idea of what I would like to do. My focus will be on telling the story of a fictional single German commander during the Third Battle of Kharkov in 1943, AKA Manstein’s Backhand Blow . This is one of my favorite battles in military history as well as IMO the single most impressive victory of any commander, at any time. I will be doing some individual film pieces with myself (preferably in full historical uniform if I can get everything together quickly enough, but if not something close enough to it) giving some kind of interviews to an embedded reporter (realistically the official guys were all party members only into propaganda, im going more for “guy with a camera filming the real thing”). Battle scenes I can represent with a mix of dioramas using my miniatures and film sequences mixed and edited from the web (there is a decent amount of footage from this engagement and I am friends with several historians up at Quantico who can get me national archives access for more). I can also give audio pieces that can represent wireless conversations between my character and other officers during the campaign. What I am going for here is to tell the story of the German army soldier fighting alongside people he likely didnt care for (the Waffen SS played a critical role in this engagement), and looking at the battle through the eyes of a conflicted warrior who finds himself faced up against impossible odds for a dubious cause and must make the best of an impossible situation…where victory may be just as bad as defeat.