Sailors in the communications center of the German headquarters of the Kriegsmarine Northern fleet, work at numerous teletype stations. Next, the Admiral (Generaladmiral) in command, Rolf Carls, is seen pouring over nautical charts, with officers of his staff. Scene shifts to naval armory where marine mines are being prepared for deployment. They move through the processing lines and then transported by rail. At a port, a crane lifts a mine, on a wheeled dolly onto the minelayer ship, "Tannenberg," where crew members roll it along the deck. Sailors write on it with white chalk. The Tannenberg seen underway, and then with sailors rolling mines (on their dollys) off the stern of the ship in the Baltic Sea. Sailors moving mines along the deck to the stern for launching. View from another ship of the mines dropping from astern the Tannenberg. Next, officers on deck in cold weather gear, look through binoculars as they sight threat from Soviet aircraft. Interior of the ship as sailors manipulate controls for an anti-aircraft gun. The ship's gun and a machine gun being fired. Soviet bombers seen very high overhead. Camera pans about the deck showing sailors firing at aircraft. Something raises a plume of water astern (a near-miss?). Next, several German patrol boats are seen moving at high speed. Sailor on a speeding patrol boat, stands precariously atop it as he signals with semaphore flags. From a patrol boat, bombs (or mines) are seen exploding behind in its wake. (Note: The Tannenberg was a passenger and ferry built in 1935. On 2 September 1939 the German Navy had her converted to a minelayer. In August 1940 she served as flagship of the minelaying ships, in the North Fleet. She was sunk on 9 July, 1941, off Sweden.)
The Russian Campaign in the Baltic Sea during World War 2. A map showing locations of the Soviet Union, Finland and Kola. The bow of a vessel advancing at sea. The German cruiser Nurnberg following behind the camera ship. A sailor on the camera warship looking through binoculars. A deck gun on the deck of the German ship. Explosions at the sea in the distance. Light guns aft on the German ship being fired. The Russian vessel is shelled. Several explosions surrounding the vessel. Equipment on the German ship. Smoke rising from the Russian vessel. German Navy officers and sailors watching from the ship deck. Water splashing against the bow of the vessel.
Opening scene shows map with principal cities of Danzig, Königsberg, Warsaw, Breslau and the Vistula River and Baltic Sea (Ostsee) among other places shown. Gernan forces forming a defense against Soviets on the Vistula line in the Winter of 1945, during World War 2. German troops are seen in white winter gear manning positions in deep snow. They are seen in midst of high winds and snowstorm. Only a couple of motorcycles move through the storm. Closeups of some of the German soldiers. Scene shifts to a Baltic seaport, where German troops and war materiel are being loaded for transport to the front. Views of German supply convoy underway through ice floes in the Baltic. Glimpse of German sailors on deck in cold weather gear. View from snow covered deck of an accompanying warship of the convoy steaming ahead. At TC:01:09, the German Cruiser Prinz Eugen is seen underway in the Baltic. She carries a an observation aircraft amidship. Next, German warships are seen firing multiple salvos from their naval guns.
U.S. Army General John Joseph Pershing visits Liverpool, England. John Joseph Pershing walks on deck of transport Baltic. He talks to his colleague. He takes off his cap and poses. People on a gangplank. He disembarks with staff from the ship. He inspects honor guard at Liverpool. The transport Baltic underway at sea. John Joseph Pershing with other officers on the deck of the ship. The American flag on a flagpole. Officers salute. John Joseph Pershing is greeted by officers. He walks with other officers while reviewing troops.
Germany celebrates completion of the widening of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal (aka Kiel Canal) allowing dreadnought warships to navigate directly between the Baltic and North Seas. German Stern view of a German Nassau-class battleship near the canal. Camera pans across the water showing several other large ships and buildings in background. German Naval officers celebrate the completion of the wider canal. Ice forming on the bow of a German warship as it plows through the North sea in Winter. Sheets of ice covering the sides of other warships. German warships forming lines as they practice battle maneuvers. The Crown Prince William and Prince Joachim of Germany along with other young men and women.
German forces evacuating civilians from the Eastern Front during World War 2. Baltic Sea convoy officers assist in the evacuation of German civilians from the eastern front, where they are threatened by advancing Soviet forces. Civilians, mostly women, board a ship. Girls talk aboard and a mother feeds her child on the ship. Convoy of warships escorting transports back to Germany.