The Unknown War is a major series consisting of twenty programs showing newsreel films taken during the siege of Leningrad in World War II. Originally The Unknown War television series was intended to be shown nationwide over network television. When the project was proposed, network officials verbally encouraged it, but then the networks turned their backs on The Unknown War series. The television series contains scenes of unspeakable suffering by the Russians. Most viewers, haunted by the enormous tragedy unfolding before their very eyes, can't help feeling some sympathy and admiration for the Russians who endured all that.