View of garbage dumps in Bamberg in Germany. A woman seen with a basket. A group of men sitting with a bicycle and bags on their shoulders. Several number of children seen standing near the garbage dump. Garbage being unloaded from trucks. People grab for fragments of food in dump.
Smoke seen rising as garbage dumps are smoldered in Bamberg in Germany. Number of civilians seen standing near the garbage dump. People look through the garbage for food and materials during severe shortages following World War 2. Garbage being thrown from trucks. People hunt for fragments of food in the dump.
Food shortage and desperate conditions among needy and impoverished German civilian people after World War 2. View of garbage dumps in Bamberg in Germany. An old woman seen smiling. Several numbers of children look in the garbage dump for food. A woman eats from a rusty can found in the dump.
German people seen on streets. United States Army soldiers mingle with German people. People read some posters on a pillar. A poster reads 'Bamberger Theater'. People seen talking to a U.S. Army soldier in a corridor. Crowd watches, as a U.S. Army crane lifts Church bells to be hanged in a Church, in Manheim, Germany.. U.S. Army Soldiers help by sandbagging and relief efforts during river flooding in Bavaria. U.S. Army engineers rebuild a road to an orphanage that was wiped out by flooding. Nuns and children thank Americans.
The London Blitz. Sections of London ablaze from German bombing.US President Franklin Roosevelt signing H.R. 1946, Lend-Lease legislation. View of last page of H.R.1946, signed by Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and by President Roosevelt. United States sends war material to England. 'USA' written on Lend-Lease boxes being loaded on lorry after arrival in Britain. Huge crates of Lend-Lease war materiel on railroad flat cars pulled by locomotive. Smoke rises up from the engine. 'Machine tools, BULLARD, Bridgeport Conn.' written on crate in transit.
Reconstruction problems in Europe in the aftermath of World War II. Examples of prewar Germany's industrial and commercial prowess, showing its consumer products and famous cameras. A German coal-burning power plant and miners extracting coal from Germany's vast natural supplies. Coal being transported by conveyer belt. Open rail cars loaded to capacity with German coal. A German iron and steel plant dependent on coal. Shift to postwar destruction including destroyed: German factory; locomotive; rail yards; trucks; farm machinery; fertilizer plant; farm fields lacking crops. Shift to prewar era with view of British coal cars getting ready to be emptied for export to Europe. Current postwar view of British coal cars and coal, that narrator says are barely enough for her own needs. View of prewar German coke being loaded onto conveyers. Coal miners receiving food ration cards. Animated map showing "Iron Curtain," of Soviet occupation, separating traditional German regions of agriculture from those of industry. British Foreign Secretary, Ernest Bevin; French Foreign Minister, Georges Bidault; Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov; and U.S. Secretary of State, George Marshall; are seen at the Paris Conference in 1946 where they negotiated the postwar future of Germany. Reminder footage of Hitler with brownshirts in 1930s. Italian police coping with communist inspired unrest in Italy. Bombed out buildings in snow. Europeans literally scratching for bits of food from pavement and trash heaps. Two women fighting with each other. Dejected woman. French Communist party leader, Maurice Thorez, haranguing a large crowd. Party flag with hammer and sickle behind him.