Analysis of the Germany's labor force, military strength and effects of war on manpower. Soldiers march. Men work in factory on equipment and machinery. Women work in factory. A map points Germany, Sudetenland and Austria. Graphs examine labor force by sex, age and military replacement availability; compare the labor force according to sex from 1939-1943; detail the increase of work force through the women part time workers and the veterans. Women weld equipment in a factory. Men do mining work. They work on a field. They also work on the rail road station. Graphs compare the labor force in agriculture, industry, trade services, transport and government.
Opening scene shows local citizens as they stand in the main square (Hauptplatz) of Linz, Austria, watching surrendered German troops depart at the end of world War 2. The troops climb over barriers at the base of the Trinity Column (Dreifaltigkeitssäule) and march in loose formation out of the city. A group of American troops watch from atop an M10 tank destroyer. View through a building archway as the German soldiers march past. The long column continues along a road looking down on the Danube River. Another view shows two U.S. soldiers with slinged rifles strolling at the head of the column. The departing German soldiers are all disarmed and carry their personal kit and gear. A group of German officers pass the camera, and one takes particular notice of the filming. A Sherman tank passes going in the opposite direction. A civilian man, carrying a brief case walks past the departing troops. (Note: Today, the Trinity Column looks different than in this film. In 1943 all removable statues and parts were taken from the column and safely stored in central cellars on Kapuzinerstrasse. They were recovered in 1945 and restored to the column, along with other changes, that were completed in December, 1947.)
Innsbruck Shooting Festival in Innsbruck during July, 1943, announced by banner stretched across a road. Buildings and Nazi banners in view. Closeups of Austrian men and women in colorful costumes. Closeup glimpse of the flag of an Austrian State. A parade of Austrians carrying various Austrian State flags and others carrying unidentified flags. The parade viewed from above, and then from within the ranks of marching participants in traditional uniforms and carrying rifles. A huge crowd of spectators gathered on the sidewalks. A brass band playing for the marchers, from the sidelines. Shots of marcher's feet and then of them from waist up. German soldiers in uniform, recovering from war wounds, have front row seats. An antique cannon is fired. Then the street becomes completely filled with participants and spectators.
Colonel Keith K. Compton, commander of the 376th Bomb Group in Libya, North Africa briefs his air crews for the first Allied bombing mission against the Nazi ME-109 (Messerschmitt Bf 109) manufacturing plant south of Vienna at Wiener-Neustadt, Austria, in World War 2. The map that Colonel Compton is using shows the air routes to and from the target. The mission will commence early the next day, on 13 August 1943. An unrelated scene shows U.S. Army and Army Air Force men conversing with an Australian soldier in a summer uniform.
Audio only. Nazi war leaders on trial in Nuremberg Germany. Coverage on how the charges will be grouped. The speaker focuses on three major issues: international situations and aspirations for expansion of Germany between 1943-1945; conquering of Austria and Czechoslovakia, and improvement of military and political positions.
Rescue workers for an avalanche being trained in snow covered areas of Austria. Views of snow covered mountains in Austria. Men from Iceland, Great Britain and United States being trained in rescue work in snow covered regions for an avalanche like disaster. Men ski down the slopes. Litters being skied down the snow covered hills. Men work on ski boards. Men train during the night for rescue operations in the dark. Snow covered roads of a town as a horse drawn sledge moves on it. Qualified rescue workers relax and enjoy in a club as men play musical instruments.