Germany defending against Soviet offensives along the Oder River in in Silesia, during World War 2. German infantry slogging through mud, past sign pointing back 6 Km to Ratibor,Germany, (present-day Racibórz, Poland) during World War 2. They are proceeding to reinforce defenses at Breslau. They carry many panzerfaust antitank weapons. Scene shifts to German officers conversing with General Hermann Niehoff, Commander of Breslau defenses. German gunners firing a Heavy 21 cm Mörser 18 gun at near-zero elevation. (General Niehoff holds his ears as it fires.) Shell explodes with large fireball in distance. Niehoff speaks with a smiling German officer and pats him on the shoulder, at an informal award ceremony on a street in outlying area of Breslau. German soldiers riding atop an Auto Union Kätzchen (armored personnel carrier) .It is towing a conveyance in which two soldiers ride.
Germany responds to the Russian attack near Breslau, Lower Silesia, Germany (Now part of Poland) during World War II. StuG III's move on the road. Soldiers stand with Panzerfaust recoilless antitank weapons and guns. Sdkfz.251/21 Drilling half-tracks advance. Two soldiers look through binoculars. A stationary Panther tank. Soldiers sit on a Hetzer Jagdpanzer, light tank destroyer. A tank gun is fired. Soldiers sit holding small arms in the battle field.
German troops in Breslau during World War II. A man pastes a poster on the wall. Two soldiers stand with bazookas. A German officer speaks to soldiers. Two officers shake hands. A stationary car. Soldiers demolish a rail line with explosives. People move on the road. German tankers advances. Soldiers parade. A train arrives. Tanks and troops move forward. An aircraft takes off. A group of soldier standing.
Opening scenes show German young men and boys of the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD or Reich Labour Service) forming up into units at a camp in Serbia, marching with shovels, and digging a drainage area. Next scenes show Hitler Youth gathering in Breslau, lower Silesia, and participating in a summer athletic meet. A ceremony with many Hitler youth girls in synchronized calisthenics on the stadium field at the Hermann-Goering-Sports field. A young man does gymnastics on rings. Boy and girl spectators of the Hitler Youth watch the events from the stands and cheer. Youth competing in the long jump and pole vault events. Athletes participate in a relay race. Spectators watch swimming competitions and diving competitions at a swimming pool. Hitler youth leaders and other Nazi officers watch and smile from the stands.
Liberated United States prisoners (mostly military airmen) at POW camp called Kriegsgefangenen-Mannschafts-Stammlager (Stalag) VII A, located just North of Moosburg, Germany. The airmen cook food. Several are seen sunning themselves. Airmen seen shaving, shining shoes and cleaning clothes. A group of airmen around sign 'I Wanted Wings' and 'Luft 3'. These are some of the prisoners who were originally held at Stalag Luft III, in German Province of Lower Silesia, near the town of Sagan (now in Poland).
(Note: Stalag Luft III is famous because the "Great Escape" took place there in March, 1944. Prisoners were forced to march from Sagan to Spremburg during the coldest winter in Germany in 50 years. There, they boarded a train of boxcars for a 3 day trip to Moosburg in January 1945, because the Russians were closing in. The addition of these prisoners to Stalag 7A, at Moosburg, led to serious overcrowding of the camp. On May 1, 1945, the New York Times reported that "The Fourteenth Armored Division liberated 110,000 Allied prisoners of war at Stalag 7A at Moosburg." This corrected an earlier report that 27,000 prisoners had been liberated.)
Displaced civilians and prisoners of war in Germany near end of World War 2. Displaced persons get off the trucks at a German non-com school in Bergzabern, Germany where they will be housed. People stand in a line. Refugees prepare their meal over an open stove. Displaced persons receive food at Red Cross portable kitchen. 2200 American prisoners of war after being liberated from stalag 9-B in Breslau, Germany. Prisoners being addressed by an American officer at the camp area. A soldier with a tin stands in a line. A soldier with a chunk of bread. Released prisoners receive coffee in mugs and they drink it. Medics carry a man on a litter out of a building. Soldiers receive cigarettes and rations.