Objective Baku: How Hitler Lost the Battle for Oil

17 October

Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0AA

18.30 (for 19.00hrs) start

Attendance is free, but it is essential to register using EventBrite at http://bit.ly/objectivebakuhop

One of the most infamous pieces of newsreel footage to be shot of Adolf Hitler shows him – alongside various members of the Nazi hierarchy – eating a cake in the form of a map of the Caspian area, with the letters B–A–K–U spelled in chocolate cream, topped with a swastika flag. After enjoying the cake, Hitler commented: “Unless we get Baku oil, all is lost.” This was not a mere exaggeration – the oilfields of Baku accounted for 80 per cent of all Soviet resources, being pivotal to the success of the Soviet Red Army, and Hitler even specified the date of 26 September 1942 as that designated for the capture of Baku.

TEAS and Mark Menzies MP, Vice-Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Azerbaijan, are now pleased to invite you to the UK premiere of the documentary film Objective Baku: How Hitler Lost the Battle for Oil, produced in 2015 by Louis Vaudeville for CC&C Productions, in collaboration with Baku Media Centre, with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, directed by Robert Mugnerot. 

Using digitally restored and colourised archival footage, this fascinating film details the bravery of the Azerbaijanis who participated in the war as part of the Soviet army to combat Fascism, with some 300,000 losing their lives. Altogether, 128 Azerbaijanis had the title Hero of the Soviet Union conferred upon them.

Please note that the Houses of Parliament operates airport-style security. Avoid bringing excessive baggage and sharp items, and arrive between 18.30–18.40 for a 19.00hrs start.