Invasion of Danzig by the Germans on 1st September, 1939 during World War II. Citizens of Danzig read poster proclaiming Danzig a part of the Greater German Realm. People crowd outside a building. Nazi troops use field artillery and Steyr ADGZ M35 Armored car to attack Polish defenders housed in the Post Office Building at Heveliunsplatz. Sudetenland written on an armored vehicle. The building is severely damaged from German shelling. Hitler arrives at the Kroll Opera House, where the Reichstag is meeting. He steps from his car and walks very rapidly into the building. Some members of his entourage stumble to keep up with him. View of Hitler addressing the Reichstag about Danzig and Poland. German troops driving into Danzig in SD Kfz 7 half-tracks are greeted enthusiastically by the crowds.
Invasion of Danzig, 1 September 1939: People in the streets. Women read a proclamation on wall. Officials leave a building as crowd sings 'Deutschland Uber Alles'. Artillery in street fires at Poles holding out in the Post Office at Heveliunsplatz . The Germans attack them with a Steyr ADGZ M35 armored car with the name "Sudetenland" painted on its side. Two grenades are thrown from the armored car. German troops move shielded by the armored car, which fires its guns at the buliding. A fire bursts out around it. Soldiers try to put out the fire with water hoses. Soldiers dashing in the street. A motorcade arrives at the Kroll Opera House in Berlin, with Adolf Hitler in a convertible. Hitler enters and addresses the Reichstag regarding Danzig and Poland. He is greeted with cheers. Nazi officers seated for the meeting. Nazi Swastika and symbol in the hall. German occupying troops are seen driving through Danzig aboard SD Kfz 7 half track trucks, amid cheers from civilians.
A film shows the Invasion of Poland in 1939 by German Army during World War II. The German armored columns assemble for the assault. The German troops on tanks, jeeps and motorbikes assemble. The troops on tanks advance. The tanks roll down a dirt road. The troops on the tanks advance towards the battle front. A view of a harbor and buildings in Danzig. The German troops fire an artillery and shell Danzig post office. Smoke rises due to firing. A German tank rolls past the damaged post office. 'Sudetenland' written on the tank. Firing at the post office. The German troops advance. The soldier spray gasoline on a building. The building is set on fire.
German propaganda film during World War 2 entitled 'Feuertaufe' meaning baptism by fire. A polish soldier on horseback sounds a bugle. What appears to be a newspaper, shows image of Polish Marshal Edward Smigly-Rydz; artillery; and warplanes; and comments about Polish military resistance. Narrator refers to Poland, and Britain at war with Germany. A parade of Polish cavalry units, airplanes, armored units and tanks before Polish military leader Edward Smigly-Rydz. A map illustrates Poland's presumed expansionist policies, including the conquest of Slovak Republic; the German protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia; and threatening Germany, itself. Referring to Danzig Narrator says: "But Danzig is German." Large crowd in Danzig listen to Nazi Gaulieter Albert Forster. German- Danzig troops patrol and construct razor wire obstacles. German flag and symbols on buildings in Danzig. German troops seen in Poland. Views of the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein, underway and entering the harbor at Danzig as crowd on docks cheers. A row of German JU-87 Stuka dive bombers parked on a field. Other German warplanes, including float planes, and twin engine bombers.
In opening scene, Adolf Hitler is addresssing the Bundestag in Berlin.
Animated map shows Berlin, Warsaw, and higlights Danzig and the Polish corridor. Newspaper headline reads 'Poles will fight for Danzig.' A Polish officer addressing recruits. Polish women and children watching as they march off. Polish women and old men and youths digging trench fortifications. Animated map shows Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. Map shows Vistula River and tributaries. Map illustrates various Polish defense options. Map illustrates Nazi plan to launch pincer movements around the Polish defenses. Views of German forces marshalling near the Polish border in August, 1939.Polish infantry moving in horse-drawn wagons and supported by old fashioned horse cavalry. Film illustrates dramatic difference in military might, contrasting German armor, aircraft,and numbers to that of Poland. Closeup of German airmen loading bomb under their aircraft. German heavy artillery and siege mortar firing. A German Panzer I light tank charging through snow. (Inappropriate edit insert.) Motorized German forces seen entering Poland on September 1st, 1939. A German Heinkel HE 111 bomber taking off toward the camera. Several Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers taking off. German aircraft strafing Polish aircraft on an airbase. Aircraft exploding on the ground. A Dornier Do 17 bomber maneuvering. More views from German aircraft strafing Polish aircraft on the ground. A formation of He 111 bombers in flight. Gunner firing from blister in bomber. Two Polish P50A fighter planes being fired upon and exploding in the air. A German Me Bf 109 photographed from an inidentified aircraft as it maneuvers nearby. An Me Bf 109 firing its guns and flying through white smoke. A Polish P50 streaming black smoke. Another gunner in bomber firing and hitting a Polish P-50. An aircraft crashing in flames. More He 111 bombers. glimpse of bombardier in one. Bombs striking Polish bridges, roads, railroads, etc. Closeup of Stuka dive bomber starting dive. View as it dives down on target. Polish civilians fleeing in a field. A stuka diving as children watch from hiding places. Bombs bursting near railroad. Closeup of German airman in cockpit. Polish cavalry charging. A German tank tows a field artillery piece across a shallow river, A destroyed bridge in background. A Panzer I light tank emerges from the stream. German soldiers racing across the Vistula River in long powered boats. Series of maps show situation from September 5th as Germans advance and Poles retreat, ending with encirclement of Warsaw and defeat of Polish forces. Scenes of Warsaw, encircled and bombarded, but not yet fallen. Firemen respond to bombing and shelling. Buildings crumble. Germans bombard with 142mm Howitzers. Gunners loading and firing them.. Scenes of destruction from shelling. A factory chimney falls. Hitler at the front observing bombardment. Women and children seek shelter in the city. Dead horses in streets. September 27th Warsaw capitulates and German troops occupy it. Map shows Polish forces still resist in the Westerplatte fortress. German battleship, Schleswig-Holstein, firing her guns. Defenders raise white flag on October 1st, 1939. Polish prisoners marching away (one seen barefoot). Polish Nazi collaborator points out persons for arrest. Poles lined up by a pit for execution. German machine gunners firing. Glimpse of Nazi Heinrich Himmler. Bodies of executed. Polish women mourning the dead. Closeups of Polish women, children and old man. A woman throws fuel on a funeral pyre.Closeups of mourning women and girls. Hitler's Ju 52 transport plane takes off. Inside he chats with some military passengers. Profile of Hitler silhouetted against the sky and clouds. He looks out at the still burning city of Warsaw. Elements of the Russian army entering Poland and greeted by a German officer. View of British bombers flying to bomb German warships in the Kiel canal. German sailors rush to battle stations and fire anti-aircraft gun. Bombs falling on the ships.
Opening scene shows British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, at the airport, having just returned from the Munich conference where Britain and France acquiesed to Nazi Germany's annexation of the Sudetenlands and part of Czechoslovakia. He holds up copy of the agreement signed by Chancellor Adolf Hitler as symbolic of British and German determination never to wage war against each other again. Crowd cheers. Newspaper poster quotes Chamberlain's statement: "Peace in Our Time." Newspaper headlines about the Agreement. Map shows Nazi encrouchment on Czechoslovakia. In violation of the Munich agreement, German forces roll into Czechoslovakia, on March 14, 1939. Local residents give Nazi salute from sidewalks. Animated map shows area of German occupation with Poland next. Prime Minister Chamberlain telling an audience that a threat to Polish independence would start a general conflagration involving Britain. Hitler attending a formal occasion. Star shown atop a building in Moscow, Russia. British, French and German military missions arriving at airport to confer with Soviets. Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov shakes hands wih German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop. August 23, 1939 Newspaper headline reads: "Russo-German Pact Signed." German and Russian diplomats sit at a table. Joseph Stalin and Molotov reviewing troops on parade in Red Square.