German infantry and artillery move towards Bialystock, Eastern Poland (Belorussia) in June, 1941, during their suprise offensive (Operation Barbarossa) on the Eastern Front in World War 2. They enter a town through a decorative gateway. Destroyed Soviet T-26 tanks sit in the woods. German mechanic inspects a destroyed Soviet BA-20 Armored car. Others inspect a destroyed Soviet Bt 7 tank. A badly damaged Soviet KV-1 tank with tread and drives destroyed. german troops in work parties building a pontoon bridge. stacks of wood in a clearing. Troops shoulder a boat to be used as a pontoon. Some soldiers take advantage of a lull in fighting to relax and sleep. A few drink from their canteens. A German armored car crosses the now finished pontoon bridge across the Biala River. Assorted other vehicles follow. Next infantry march across the pontoon bridge. The foundations for a former bridge sit next to this one. Two columns of heavy smoke rise in the distance accompanied by sound of heavy artillery. Glimpse of German gunners at a 105mm howitzer. Smoke rising from a shelled building. Dense white smoke obscuring an entire area. Gunners fire a 105mm howitzer and strike a smoke stack, bringing it down. A wounded German soldier carried on a litter. More German artillery being fired and explosions and smoke from it seen in the distance. Several Soviet soldiers in uniform (and one civilian) surrendering with hands in the air.
German offensive on the Eastern Front in Operation Barbarossa, during World War 2.
Three German soldiers ride into a burning village, near Grodno, Belorussia, in, what appears to be, a fully tracked armored personnel carrier. They are followed by some armored cars and other vehicles. Huge flames and clouds of smoke obscure the background. The entire place is in flames. German troops on horseback pull artillery and caissons. Camera pans over flaming buildings. Several mounted soldiers move slowly along the village street, as fires rage. Hundreds of disarmed Soviet troops rush across a bridge and toward the rear as German troops march past them toward the battle front. Camera focuses on the blazing buildings as one structure collapses. Huge numbers of German infantry march slong a dirt road. Some of them carry shovels. Camera pans across line of horses pulling artillery pieces and caissons. Closeup of German General of Artillery, Wilhelm Fahrmbacher as he orders a gun crew to direct their 105mm artillery piece toward a line of bunkers. Soldiers manning a truck-mounted weapon accompanied by infantry, move along a dirt road. Another glimpse of the howitzer gun crew. A soldier crawling along, in underbrush and others running across the field. The 105 howitzer crew firing some more (and the soldiers holding their ears). Troops hurrying across open fields and then attacking concrete bunkers (one carrying a hand grenade). Notable closeup images of the German infantrymen fighting their way into the bunker complex. Soldier with hand grenade moving past the remains of a concrete wall. (Only steel reinforcement is left.) He and a comrade clamber down into the bunker proper. Infantry riflemen scour damaged bunkers for Soviet defenders. Some emerge and surrender.
Joint Axis operations on the Eastern Front during World War Two. (A brief glimpse of Nazi rally, not related to the rest of clip.) A map of Eastern front in areas of Belorussia and Ukraine. German and Hungarian troops in Stanislau, preparing for offensive. Troops are relaxing. They pose for camera, "sleeping." German and Hungarian officers meet and confer. A soldier getting a haircut and shave, as many look on. Soldiers eating from their mess kits. Long supply trains seen in background on railroad. Hungarian and German Generals meet and salute each other, with traditional military hand salutes (not Nazi arm salute). The Hungarian General departs in a German tank. Mixture of Hungarian and other Axis infantry on the move. An extremely tall radio tower and associated Hungarian field communications center in operation. Radio operator tapping out Morse code. Axis tanks and artillery firing at the front. A German Stug III Assault gun seen and several tanks. Axis infantry crossing a field under fire and slogging through mud. Axis troops advancing in horse-drawn wagons, past burning vehicle and destroyed field artillery pieces. German and Hungarian soldiers form an honor guard as German Regimental commander decorates two Hungarian soldiers with Iron Crosses.
German Operation Barbarossa in World War 2. View from Adolf Hitler's Ju 52 transport plane, of the city of Minsk, Belarus, below. Hitler silhouetted in profile against the window. View from window as the airplane taxis to parking place. Closeup of enthusiastic German troops cheering Hitler, as he descends steps from the plane. General Field marshal Von Block greets Hitler, Inside German headquarters, Von Bock points to a large map and briefs Hitler on the military situation and operations. Animated map depicts miliary movements from Bialystock to Minsk and then further to Smolensk. German armor is seen pursuing Soviet forces, who have left buildings burning in scorched earth retreat. German troops firing light field artillery (10.5 cm leFH 18 leichte FeldHaubitze) and advancing through smoke over rough terrain. They flush Soviet defenders out of their fortifications. Brief view of destroyed reinforced bunker. Panzer light and medium tanks and move at high speed along roads, cross bridges and waterways and close a ring around Minsk. German and Soviet armor confront each other at close range. As the Germans fire, some soviet vehicles abandon the roadway to escape. German tanks continue to roll, raising clouds of dust. Tanks fire across open fields of grain. Smoke rises from shell strikes. German gunners set up and fire batteries of mixed field artillery including light, medium and heavy guns. Infantry moving house to house in villages. View from behind German gunners firing a maching gun from partially protected position. They duck for cover as enemy round flies close overhead. Soviet prisoners double-time marching along a road.
From a Russian film titled Srazhenie Za Gomel about the Battle of Gomel in World War 2. Position of Gomel on a map. Animated arrow shows movement of Soviet Marshal Konstantin Rokossovskiy's forces. Soldiers advance in a river. They use a small wooden raft to cross the river. Bomb explodes in a field. Russian soldiers fire machine gun. Soldiers cross river on a bridge. Soldiers run in hilly area. Artillery fired. Soldiers row boat. Artillery fired on the shore. Soviet T-34 medium tank crosses wooden bridge.
Preface to U.S. in World War 2. German U-boat on surface. Crew climbing down into submarine and at duty stations while submerged. Torpedo trails bubbles underwater. Ship hit and explodes. Newspapers report torpedoing of American ships: SS Robin Moor, SS Lehigh, SS Sessa, SS Steelfarer, and SS Montana, by German U-boats. Secretary of War, Henry L. Stimson calls on U.S. Navy to secure sea lanes. Wendell Wilkie agrees. U.S. Congress repeals Neutrality Act, November 17, 1941. Deck guns being placed on U.S. Merchantmen. Japanese warships docked and troops entering Indochina, as local people watch.Japanese troops by Dong Dang, near Chinese border. Situation described by animated illustrations.Japanese Special Envoy, Saburo Kurusu, is dispatched to Washington. Pan American Boeing 314 flying boat taking off. Japanese Naval Task Force of warships underway. Kurusu arriving in San Francisco, on November 14, 1941. He steps from the aircraft and makes statement to reporters. Japanese Ambassador, Kichisaburo Nomura, and Special Envoy Kurusu escorted into the White House by Secretary of State Cordell Hull, on November 17, 1941. Japanese troops bombarding Chinese city with artillery. November 26, 1941, View of Executive Office Building with statue of Victory atop U.S. Army First Division Monument. Secretary Hull announcing proposal to Japan.The Japanese representatives leaving the White House. Japanese aircraft carriers steaming toward Pearl Harbor. Japanese flight crews getting briefed on December 7,1941. Nakajima B5N (Kate) torpedo bombers taking off and in formation. Secretary Hull at his desk. The aloha tower and aerial view of Honolulu. Sailors at outdoor Sunday service, and relaxing at Pearl Harbor. Vehicle entering Hickam Field. Japanese airplanes bombing Pearl Harbor. Explosions on U.S. warships. USS Arizona (BB-39) suffers direct hit and explosion, as filmed from the deck of U.S. Navy Hospital Ship, USS Solace (AH-5). Shots of pilots and point of view from pilots inside Japanese bomber and attack aircraft, through a mix of dramatized segments from Japanese propaganda films about the Pearl Harbor attack, and real footage from the Pearl Harbor attack. View from Japanese planes bombing and strafing Ford Island. U.S. sailors firing antiaircraft and machine guns down Japanese planes. Secretary Hull describes memorandum from Japanese.