Anachronistic mixture of scenes from Germany, circa 1935, Italy, circa 1915, and World War 2. Opening sequence shows Waffen SS troops goosestepping on parade in Nuremberg,Bavaria, circa 1935. Then a scene is inserted of Italian Generalissimo Luigi Cadorna, Chief of Staff, Italian Army, in World War 1, who salutes while reviewing troops. This is followed by scenes of grim-faced civilians watching German forces occupy their countries in World War II. Finally a radio tower and antenna are shown.
5 march 1933., Election day in Bavaria, Germany Newspaper headlines about Adolf Hitler. One reads ' With Adolf Hitler for a New Realm'. Nazi stormtroopers in a car. A stormtrooper band plays. Nazi stormtroopers march in torchlight parade. Armed Nazi stormtroopers stand in front of their local headquarters on which a sign reads: S.A.Heim, Sturm 16L." Stormtroopers stand around an artillery piece. People on streets. Newspaper headlines about Bavaria. Stormtroopers march on street. People ride bicycles. Officers and stormtroopers stand outside a building. Officers stand in a group. .
Ruins in Bavaria after World War II. Exteriors of a factory in Bavaria. Bomb damage to the factory. Mountains in background. Workers clean up rubble in the factory. German civilians read newspapers stuck on billboards.
Berghof, Obersaltzberg, Bavaria, Germany. A man with a camera on the terrace of Adolf Hitler's residence at Berghof in Germany. Men and women sit in chairs and relax on the terrace. Eva Braun, Hitler's companion, and other women relax on the terrace. Adolf Hitler arrives and speaks to Nazi officers. He along with an officer leaves the terrace.
Statue of Karl Marx on his grave stone in Highgate Cemetery, London. A picture of Karl Marx. Scenes in the Soviet Union. Soviet soldiers walking slowly in loose formation. Bolsheviks standing with a large banner. Damaged shops on a street. "One way" street signs in several languages. Large gathering of people carrying signs reading: "Frieden" (Peace, in German). A sign reading: "HALT, Landesgrenze" marking a German provincial boundary. A sign in German, designating the customs border at Furth im Wald, Bavaria ("Zollgrenz-Bezirk, Furth i.Wald"). East German border guards setting obstacles and sentry paths. Picture of Günter Litfin, a twenty-four-year-old tailor, who swam across the Spree Canal to West Germany on 24 August 1961. View of him being fatally shot from across the border, by East German guards, as he is being pulled into West Germany (the first such fatality at the East West German border). Animated map of the world with label references to Berlin,1961; Havana, 1959; Budapest, 1956; Coyoacan, 1940; and Kronstadt, 1921.
German officials surrender in Germany at the end of World War II in Europe. Nazi Marshall Herman Goring surrenders in Bavaria, Germany where he is questioned by Allied newspaper men. German Field Marshal Albert Kesselring surrenders. German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt arrives in a car to surrender. Former Governor General of Occupied Poland Hans Frank is captured by the Allies. Captured German officials are taken away in U.S. Army jeeps. Former Regent of Hungary Admiral Miklos Horthy speaks to a U.S. official after his capture. Captured Nazi officials lined up.