The consecration ceremony at the Coventry Cathedral in Coventry, England. The cathedral building is built on the ashes of the shrine leveled by the Nazis during World War II. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom accompanied by her sister Princess Margaret attends the ceremony. The archbishop and bishops appreciate the consecration conducted by the bishop of Coventry.
Fall of Benito Mussolini in Italy. Mussolini seen speaking to a crowd and shaking his fist. Sicily surrenders to Allied troops during World War II. German soldiers holding white surrender flags march forward. Civilians in Italy cheer the arrival of smiling American soldiers. Scene changes to American B-25 bomber aircraft dropping bombs over Japanese positions in Pacific Theater. Close view of bombardier calibrating position and bombs away from bomb bay doors toward Japanese-held targets. Gun camera footage of Allied aircraft attacking Nazi Wolfpack submarines in the Atlantic. Allied aircraft, including B-25 bombers, bombing German industry and cities during a night raid. In England, church service is held open to the sky in the ruins of bombed out Coventry Cathedral, which had been destroyed by German Luftwaffe blitz bombing. Clergy, robed choir members, and parisioners seen at the enthronement service of Bishop of Coventry Neville Gorton in 1943, enclosed only by the exterior walls of St. Michaels, Coventry Cathedral.
Rubble and smoke rising after German Luftwaffe blitz attack in London, with St. Pauls Cathedral visible in the background behind the smoke. German submarines positioned off the British coast. Luftwaffe aircraft flying over the English Channel bound for bombing runs over England. Radio towers seen, and audio of Lord Haw-Haw (from German propaganda radio program "Germany Calling") making statements about the strength and force of the blitzkrieg (blitz) over England. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill greeting military officials and reviewing citizens recruited for military service. Various British ships in the English Channel. German Luftwaffe aircraft bombing and firing upon British ships and British ports. Explosions and sinking ships. Much nighttime footage of the blitz over London, with burning buildings, wreckage, firefighters working to extinguish the flames. Smoke, fire, and rubble from the blitzkrieg of London. Scenes of British citizens in the underground transit system tunnels, taking cover. A family evacuated from the streets above is seen resting beneath the "Picadilly Circus" underground tube station sign. A subway train arriving at the packed ramp. Women and children living underground during the raids. Women washing clothes and children in washtubs in the underground stations. In the city of Plymouth, day scenes of workers clearing rubble from the blitz. Citizens gathered around a sign posted bearing the names of the dead from the attacks. Scenes of blitz devastation in Coventry, including Coventry Cathedral. Workmen in British cities tearing down precarious, damaged buildings by day and cleaning up wreckage.
The British attack Germany during World War II. People walk on a road side and vehicles on a road. British aircraft stationed. Small vehicles move on a road. Officers talk over a telephone. They discuss in an office. An officer explains to the soldiers about the counter attack pointing to a place on the map. British planes take off. The pilots talk to the technicians in the control room. A woman notes the readings of the flight. German pilots get ready for the battle. German artillery and anti-aircraft guns attack the British aircraft. German night bombers take off. Damaged buildings of Coventry and other parts of England from German night blitzkrieg. British people move through the ruins of buildings damaged and destroyed by the German blitz. A woman makes a child drink from a mug. British people gather to read bulletins posted on a building door amidst the bubble. Burial of Coventry, Englad blitz victims in a common mass grave and then lines of citizens with flowers coming to mourn the dead. Women cry.
Events related the Nuremberg Trials held at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany. Flashbacks of a variety of Nazi crimes against humanity during World War II. Europe during 1945. War devastation: buildings and cities laid in waste, people in hunger and despair emerge from shelters searching for the causes of the war and of the immediate human suffering. Deprived children and adults weep, starve and beg on the streets. November 21, 1945, Nuremberg, Palace of Justice, seat of the International Military Tribunal. List shows the names of the convicted Nazi criminals. Chief prosecutor from the United States, Robert Houghwout Jackson, makes the opening statement of the prosecution. He presents Count 1 of the indictment a conspiracy to commit war crimes and crimes against peace and humanity. He makes the statement that criminals who have done injustice to the laws of humanity must be brought to justice. Stenographers wearing headphones take down notes. Defendants stand in their dock including Herman Goring, Rudolf Hess, Joachim von Ribbentrop, Wilhelm Keitel, Karl Donitz, Erich Raeder, Baldur von Schirach and Fritz Sauckel. Faces of the convicted criminals. Scenes from mass burial of victims from German bombing of Coventry, England. Scenes from the end of World War 2, with women weeping and civilian victims of war in Europe seen scavenging on streets for food. Women and hungry children scrape out trash cans and metal lids for bites of food. A group of men and women struggle in a food relief line.
The battle of Britain. German aircraft bomb British ships near Dover, England. Explosions on ships. British Spitfire fighter airplane seen in flight. Gun camera views of British fighter aircraft shooting down German bombers. Tower of London and surroundings on Thames River. British antiaircraft guns firing. Huge swath of London ablaze from German bombing. Destroyed buildings and rubble from bombing in London. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit with citizens in the bombed areas. Winston Churchill (smoking cigar) tours bombed area of London. Smoking ruins and destruction in London. Remaining shell of the destroyed Coventry Cathedral.