German invasion of France during the Battle of France in World War II. An animated map depicts the German attack on Rouen and Le Havre in northern France. War ruins in Amiens and its vicinity. Bomb damaged buildings and structures. The Amiens Cathedral amidst the ruined city. Military vehicles leave a building. German convoy including soldiers and artillery advances. Soldiers in jeeps. Soldiers march along the ruins and through the rubble, cross railway tracks. Burning structures. Cattle on a farm. Soldiers milk cows. A calf feeds on the mother's milk. Soldiers feed a calf.
A military documentary on German 19th Army Tank Corps and Von Kleist group offensive against France during World War II. German 19th Army Tank corps advances in France. Soldiers move forward amidst heavy firing. German soldiers in streets of a French town. Dead Allied soldiers and rubble on the streets of Amiens. Pz.II's, Pz.III's and Pz.IV tanks of 1.Pz.Div roll into the city as buildings burn. A dead machine gunner. Dead bodies scattered over the area. People migrate from the town. A tower burns at night. German forces advance into the town. Convoy of trucks and jeeps advance as people sits along the roads with their belongings. German soldiers at a camp. Tent area.
Officers and men of the Australian Flying Corps, who controlled the combat area, in France, where he died, give Ace German pilot, Baron von Richthofen a funeral with full military honors. Six Captains, of their Squadron number 3, serve as pallbearers, and others participate as honor guards. Pallbearers place the flower covered coffin of Richthofen (also known as The Red Baron) on a vehicle for transport to a cemetery at the village of Bertangles, near Amiens, France. There a Priest officiates as the coffin is lowered into the grave. ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) troops assemble in formation and ceremonially position themselves with heads bowed. They then raise their rifles and fire several volleys into the air, in salute to the fallen German aviator. (Reportedly, memorial wreaths were received, for the funeral, from other Allied Flying Squadrons, including one with the words, "To Our Gallant and Worthy Foe"). This was the first of several burials of von Richthofen's remains. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
U.S. 351st Bomb Group at RAF Station Polebrook, Northamptonshire, England during World War II. A display board of the U.S. 351st Bomb Group, at RAF Station Polebrook, England, shows 15 principal targets and the number of times they've been struck by B-17s of the Group. The most missions were flown against Schweinfurt, Germany (25 times) and second most, against Hanover, Germany (17 times). Another recent status board records missions against Amiens and Evreux,and Romilly, France; Stuttgart, Germany; and Brussels,Belgium.Swastikas indicate German aircraft shot down during these raids. A C-45 aircraft lands and parks at the field. Major General Ira C. Eaker,Commander 8th Air Force, steps from the plane for a visit with the 351st Bomb Group. He proceeds to the briefing room, in a Quonset hut. Four Officers of the Group pose. View of heavy bombs in the bomb dump. Views of bombs hung wing racks of a B-17 to increase its bomb load. Bombs being transported on motorized dollies. Airmen writing in chalk on a bomb. It reads: "From the boys K of C #92 Jim, MH." Fliers at nighttime in their Quonset hut quarters. One writes a letter. Others trying to sleep, as sounds of aircraft engines are heard. Officer opens door of quarters and wakes crew members, telling them breakfast is at 3AM and briefing at 4AM. Briefing officer asks fliers to guess what the target of the day will be. Several make suggestions. The briefing officer removes a cover from the mission map, revealing target deep in Germany. The fliers respond with good-natured boos. Commander gives final instructions.,
Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and others as Italy joins Germany in declaring war against Britain and France June 10, 1940. Animated map illustrates possible Axis war plans. Aerial view of Maginot line. Fire burning from German bombing in Scandinavia. Windmill turning in Holland.Map outlines Allied strategy for defense. Views of the Ardennes Forest. French Generals examining map. British Field Marshal John Vereker (Viscount Gort) studying map with two Generals.Narrator states they dismissed German attack through the Ardennes. May 9, 1940,News headline reports German troops on move. Netherlands and French troops mobilizing. Recruits board trains. Exterior of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) at Montmartre, Paris. People lighting candles. Statue of Madonna and Child. Views of several churches. A Catholic Bishop blessing people. People kneeling in prayer. Hitler and other Nazi leaders, including Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, Hess and Rohm, haranguing crowds. Hermann Goering leading crowd in salutes. Ludwig Muller, Reichsbischof, Hitler supporter. Many views of Germans shouting Sieg Heil. German troops moving out on May 10, 1940. Hermann Goering, chief of Luftwaffe, in uniform. German pilots run to airplanes. Ju-87 Stukas take off. D0-17 bombers take off. German tanks, motorcycle troops, armor and infantry cross borders of Luxembourg, Belgium, and Holland. Map depicts action. German forces destroy obstacles at border crossings and move past windmill in Holland.He-111 bombers in flight. German paratroops jump from Ju-52 transport over Rotterdam. They capture key facilities. Troops riding on tanks. Dutch General Henri Gerard Winkelman walks with German officer over Maas-bridges in Rotterdam. He and delegation enter building at Rijsoord to sign surrender on May 15, 1940. German bombers destroy Rotterdam. View of German bomber bomb bay doors open and bombs away toward targets. The city in flames, with sound. Remains of the city. Numerous dead civilians.
'50 Years of Cinematography' depicts the role of military and news cameramen during World War II. Germany starts the War. Invasion of Poland in 1939: German Nazi Luftwaffe bombers in flight over Warsaw. Explosions due to the bombardment. Burning and damaged buildings in the war torn city. Civilians amidst rubble and ruins. Soldiers and civilians look at corpses on a sidewalk. A woman with her child cries. A man walks on a street. Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940: Allied troops evacuated from the Dunkirk coast. Allied troops on ships. Smoke rises from a ship under German attack. Soldiers wade through the water towards waiting ships. Burning ships. The Second Armistice at Compiegne after the German victory in the Battle of France, 1940: German troops stand at attention. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, President of the Reichstag Hermann Goering, German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel and other German officers arrive at the venue. The leaders and officers walk past the soldiers at attention. Hitler gives the Nazi salute. The Blitz, London in 1940-1941: Bomb damaged buildings. Cars and pedestrians amidst ruins and rubble on the streets. A train over a collapsed wall. Civilians in a horse cart. A wrecked bus in a damaged building. Rescue workers among the rubble. Clouds over the city.