Film opens with date: 10 May 1940 (date of the German invasion of Luxembourg, Holland, and Belgium, in World War 2). Huge precise formation of German soldiers is shown. Alternating closeups of individual soldiers and camera pans across the formation. Animated map shows Germany, Belgium, France and Holland, plus Rein River, City of Lille, and Paris. It shows positions of English and French armies, ostensibly attacking from France, across Belgium and Holland, toward the German Ruhr region (but actually moving to repulse the German offensive). Belgian troops advancing on motorcycles past sandbagged buildings. The French border being opened followed by many French military vehicles, including trucks, trailers, artillery pieces, and some French Lorraine 37 tracked vehicles. A steam locomotive pulls a boxcar troop train. Many of the Allied soldiers sit in its doorways with their legs dangling. A French Char B1 heavy tank rumbles along a road. French light tanks. More views of Allied troops, including French Colonials, marching through towns and villages.
Closeup of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force, General the Vicount Lord Gort, with another British Commander.British troops in armored personnel carriers. British troops marching as someone is hear singing in background, about "washing day on the Siegfried line." Several British self-propelled heavy guns in motion. German army engineers detonating a charge followed by large explosions.
Invasion of Belgium and the Netherlands by Germany on 10th May, 1940. Belgium: Nazi troops enter Belgian border crossing with armor and infantry, and invade Belgium. Netherlands: German Ju 52 trimotor transport aircraft carry paratroopers who jump over Rotterdam, Netherlands. They land and move against defenders on the ground. Defenders surrendering under white flags. German aircraft bomb parts of Rotterdam and cause a large conflagration at Rotterdam Port. Fires burning in Rotterdam. civilians leaving areas of fire carrying belongings.
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.
View of the Peace Treaty between Germany and Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, signed on 6th October 1939. The treaty breached on May 10th, 1940, Germany launched a massive attack on the above mentioned countries. Scenes of fire and destruction as aerial bombing by Luftwaffe leaves devastation in Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg. Nazi troops take over the cities. German troops marching at night while buildings in the target cities burn in the background.
Bow view of Allied destroyer plunging through seas during World War 2. A supply ship sinking in the Atlantic. A lifeboat filled with survivors from a sunken ship. A freighter with stern in the air as she sinks. Survivors in the water and on a lifeboat. French troops deploying into the Maginot Line. They ride narrow gauge subway cars inside the fortress complex. View of Copenhagen, Denmark. German troops marching into Denmark. Smoke rising from bombed areas of Norway. Norwegians watch from sidewalk as German troops march into their city. Fires burning at night in Norway. German self-propelled heavy guns during invasion of Holland and Belgium, on May 9, 1940. They are followed by numerous Panzer II tanks. German trucks and motorized weapons moving through the low countries and from behind, past dragon's teeth antitank barriers, of the Maginot Line. German soldiers with machine guns aboard a train headed toward France. German troops destroying border barriers as they proceed through Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. They pass a large windmill. German motorcycle troops. A formation of German single-engine twin-tailed aircraft in flight overhead. (possibly early versions of Ju-87?)
British and French allied forces being pushed back by invading German Army in Belgium during World War 2. Allied soldiers cross river in small boats. Troops fire Howitzers. Buildings on fire in Leuven Belgium. Damaged shops with broken windows. Smoke rising from burning buildings in the city of Leuven. Belgian citizens on the street trying to escape from bombing. Views of city in flames taken from the countryside. Pigs fleeing burning barns. Day and night battle scenes with machine guns and tracer rounds being fired. Refugees flee with few belongings, walking down roads. A woman and child apparently dead on a stretcher beside the road. A family fleeing on foot; a young boy in the family using a crutch as he has one peg leg. German forces advancing on foot into smoldering Belgian cities. German soldiers stopped in the middle of roadways and on the side of roads sleeping, without setting up camps. German armored vehicles drive past on a road. Oil tanks in Antwerp Belgium in flames with black smoke rising, set on fire by Allies during their retreat. Low aerial views of Brussels Belgium streets, spared from destruction, as German soldiers march into Brussels.