Weltraum Schiff I Startet Eine Technische Fantasie. German science fiction film depicts the launch of a space ship by animation with special effects. A man talks about a rocket launch to an audience. People sit and take notes. He also answers the questions of the audience. Animated pictures show a space ship's trip to moon. Posters of various German Dornier airplanes line the lecture room, including: Dornier Do 17; Dornier Do 24 3-engined flying boat; Do-X 6-engined flying boat; Dornier Do J II Wal; and Dornier Do-19 aircraft. German launch of a rocket from a trough type launcher. Igniter being wired to rockets on the Opel RAK-2 rocket propelled car. Max Valier sitting in his rocket propelled car Valier RAK-6. Fritz Von Opel sitting in his rocket propelled car, Opel RAK-2. Fritz Von Opel driving his rocket propelled car, Opel RAK-2 at Avus track in Berlin on May 23, 1928.
Year given for film (1928) is wrong. A picture an aircraft in the background is a Dornier Do 17, dating it to after 1935. By the radial engines, the Do-17 is likely a M or later model, which would date the film to 1937 or later.
Before the eyes of 3000 invited guests, the Opel RAK 2, Fritz von Opel's rocket car, set a speed record in 1928 at Berlin's AVUS race track. The Opel RAK 2 managed a top speed of 238 km/h with the help of 24 solid-fuel rockets packed with 120 kilograms of fuel. Fritz von Opel chose the high-speed AVUS track in Berlin because the company's racetrack was not engineered for speeds over 140 km/h. Men fix rocket boosters on the car. The car moves at a high speed. It releases large amount of smoke as it moves. Crowd watches the car. Photographers take pictures.
Serious work on rocket development in Germany. Engineer at work. A small rocket test. Sketches for high altitude rocket motor. Sketch and model of high altitude liquid fuel rocket like that envisioned by theorist Hermann Oberth. Rudolf Nebel and Werner von Braun, members of the Space Travel Club (Verein für Raumschiffahrt) in 1928. They carry rockets over their shoulders at the Raketenflugplatz (Rocket launch facility) used by the club in Berlin-Reinickendorf. Launch stand for the Oberth high altitude rocket. Man placing rocket on the stand. Picture of a rocket descending by parachute.
Unrest in Berlin, East Germany. A large crowd gathers to demonstrate against East German government. A banner carried by some demonstrators calls for free elections. Armed Stasi watch the demonstrators. Demonstrators burn banners and posters and damage public property. People stands on roofs of houses and watch the demonstrations. Armed East German police and some Soviet soldiers watch the demonstrators from their headquarters. Demonstrators tear up and burn signs and start a bonfire. East German Stasi reinforce the checkpoint between the Soviet and American sectors of Berlin. A uniformed Berlin police officer, wearing traditional hat, assists a person who was manhandled by the mob. A building set afire by the demonstrators. View from West Berlin of mob in East Berlin. Sign reads: "You are leaving the American Sector."
July 17, 1928, Friedrichshohe, Harz, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. Trial run of an Eisfeld-Valier propulsion system on a simple rail car (chassis mounted on steel wheels) running on the Harz Narrow Gauge Railway ,in central Germany. A man fits rocket boosters in the chassis. A flag marks the start point. The car leaves the start point and attains speed of over 100 Km per hour. Spectators stand near the track. July 25, 1928. Another trial run of the rocket-propelled rail car. Men near Eisfeld-Valier-Rak-1propelled rail car on tracks. Men fit rocket boosters in the car. The boosters are ignited. The car attains a speed of 180 Km per hour. July 26, 1928. Official speed run of the Eisfeld-Valier-Rak 1rail car at Stiege, Germany. On this third run, the car reached 180 km / hr but continues its strong acceleration, causing it to derail and fly off the track at a speed estimated to be 300 Km per hour.
Nazi soldiers at attention with guns drawn in Berlin during World War 2. U.S. soldiers on watch from damaged Berlin building. Man watching Berlin wall with binoculars while sitting in car. Pan American passenger airplane in flight after the war. Pan American passenger reading Time and other magazines. Aerial view of Berlin early 1960s. Pan American plane landing at Tempelhof Airport. Pan American passengers descending to tarmac under sign that reads, "Today Pan American has completed 93153 Transatlantic Crossings" Brandenburg Gate early 1960s. Drive through Brandenburg Gate in the 1920s. Drive through Berlin in the 1920s. Tourist bus flying American flag departs in Berlin 1920s. Berlin University 1920s. Early Nazis driving in Berlin streets. Hitler saluting parade. Hitler addressing Germans. Berlin in ruins Spring 1945 as tanks pass in front of Brandenburg Gate. Old starving woman walks on streets of Berlin amist ruins in 1945. Ruins of Berlin include Reichstag Building during 1945 battle. Women and children emerging from underground Berlin bunker in 1945, to a scene of devastation and rubble in the city. Ground view of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche or Gedächtniskirche). Interior of ruined Reichstag Building. Potsdam Conference 1945, Map of WWII Europe. Berlin map, including official Berlin map with signatures showing Zones of Occupation. Germany allied control authority gathering including American, British, and Soviet representatives. French, American, Soviet flags in Germany. Rebuilding of Berlin mostly by women clearing rubble, using shovels, wheelbarrows and cleaning old bricks for reuse. Over crowded train in Germany post-WWII filled with civilian refugees abandoning the cities and heading to the countryside of Germany to resettle.