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Tripartite Pact signed by Germany, Italy and Japan in Berlin, Germany. Ensuing attacks by Germany and Japan in World War II

This film is a scattering montage of World War 2 scenes from 1939 through 1945. Part of an agreement between Nazi Germany and Yugoslavia is shown in English. It is dated June 1, 1939 and ostensibly signed by Adolf Hitler. Next, German Ju 87, Stuka dive bombers are shown peeling off from formation, on April 6, 1941, to attack Yugoslavia. Bombs bursting on the ground. Closeup of a Stuka airplane in a dive, making its characteristic whine, and dropping bombs. Bombs exploding just outside some concrete walls. German infantry running along railroad tracks and entering backyard of house in a village. German soldiers observing from overlooking hill; climbing over rubble; and marching along a road toward a village. Animated map showing German invasion areas early in World War II, extending through most of Europe and into Norway, by 1941. Animated map shows further invasions into France, Belgium, low countries, the Balkans, and Eastern front towards the Soviet Union. Map highlights Tokyo, Rome, and Berlin. Delegations walking in hall of building in Berlin, to sign Tripartite pact, on September 27, 1940. The group is led by by Count Galeazzo Ciano (Italian Foreign Minister, and Mussolini's son-in-law); Joachim von Ribbentrop, Germany's Foreign Minister and Japan’s Ambassador Saburō Kurusu. The diplomats are seen, next, standing near a table as Adolf Hitler enters rendering Nazi salute. He shakes hands with Count Ciano and Ambassador Kurusu. Hitler is seated to watch the proceedings. Von Ribbontrop is seen signing for Germany. Next scenes show German armored units heading East in Operation Barbarossa (June of 1941). A sign identifies the town of Eydtkau (Eydtkuhnen) on the German-Lithuanian border. German armor and artillery moving eastward. German troops destroying international crossing barriers. German troops firing siege guns. Montage with glimpses of German battle scenes showing tanks, guns, rockets in action with attendant explosions, fires, and destruction. Formations of German warplanes in flight, including Junkers Ju-52s that carry troops, including paratroops. View from above of Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers in formation. View of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England (which miraculously survived the Blitz). The Tower Bridge in London, seen through a haze. German Junkers 87 Stuka dive bombers peeling off from formation to attack. British anti-aircraft searchlights shining beams skyward. Diving bombers illuminated by the lights. Anti-aircraft guns firing. Nighttime scenes showing gunfire flashes, explosions, tracer bullets and fires in London. British fire brigades fighting fires in London buildings as some collapse from the German bombing during the so-called "Blitz." Scene shifts to Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, as a Japanese bomb explodes on a U.S. Navy warship. The USS Arizona billowing smoke and listing as it succumbs to Japanese bombing. Another view of the Arizona sinking. Smoke rising from Battleship Row, at Pearl Harbor. Glimpse of postwar Nuremberg trial.

Date: 1940, September 27
Duration: 4 min 31 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
United States 9th Armored Division crosses the Rhine River over the Ludendorff bridge at Remagen, Germany,in World War II.

United States 9th Armored Division crosses the Rhine River in Germany., during World War 2. Opening scene shows several amphibious assault craft being moved by crane at a port in Belgium, where they are loaded on tractor trailer trucks and driven across Belgium to support Allied advance into Germany. British sailors ride atop the craft. They are brought into a town where a signalman, standing atop one, uses semaphore flags to transmit a message. Next, a smoke generator is seen creating a smoke screen over the area. Landing vehicles tracked (LVT) are moving over ground adjacent to the Rhine River. A formation of American B-17 bombers flies overhead. View from bomber, showing bombs striking German industrial targets. Closeup of two U.S. soldiers watching from the West bank of the Rhine, as U.S. bomb strike targets on the East Bank. View of smoke rising from bomb strikes. View of bridges destroyed by German forces. Closeup of three U.S. soldiers standing together. A German Messerschmitt Me-110 warplane passes overhead. Wrecked railroad bridge seen from above. The East bank seen from an aircraft. Soldiers refueling from 55 gallon drums. Troops moving through smoke screen. Two soldiers looking at the Rhine where the Ludendorff steel bridge is seen still standing. View of bridge at Remagen, from a cliff on the West bank of the Rhine. Soldiers in a jeep approach the bridge on West bank. View from jeep driving on riverbank underneath the bridge. Soldiers running across the footpath on the bridge. View from vehicle driving across the bridge. Troops and equipment crossing the bridge into Germany on East side of the Rhine. Large sign posted on bridge tower, reading: "Cross the Rhine with dry feet, Courtesy of the 9th Armored Division." Group of American soldiers watching as others cross the bridge. Several British Lancaster bombers are seen over the Rhine River. Inflight closeup of one releasing a large bomb. Camera tracks its fall to explode on target. Medical Corpsmen hurrying along the river bank, carrying a stretcher. Troops entering small boats and amphibious assault craft to cross the river. A U.S. Army Air Forces P-47 aircraft diving. A pilot wearing an oxygen mask seen in a cockpit. Troops in an LVT crossing the Rhine. More views of American and British troops crossing the Rhine by water. Troops being organized as they move out on the Eastern shore. A column of British troops moving on a road and escorting German prisoners. Two of the prisoners looking up as a formation of U.S. C-47 aircraft fly overhead. View inside a C-46D transport as troopers jump from its double rear paratroop doors. View from aircraft as paratroops descend with chutes open. A C-46 flying low over a German town, towing a Waco CG-4A glider. Army vehicles crossing river on a pontoon bridge. Closeup glimpse of a British officer. British troops riding in army trucks. (Note: Vehicles: seen in this film include: Diamod T 981, M20 MB GPW, M8 Armored Car Landing Craft, LVT, Rogers Trailer M9, M4 Sherman, Quad Mount, DUKW, WLA, CCKW )

Date: 1945
Duration: 3 min 13 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Postwar field Testing of German Armor, by Allies, 1945

Postwar Allied testing of German Armor at secret Henschel tank testing grounds (Henschel Panzerversuchsstation) in Haustenbeck, a village in the center of the Sennelager training area, West of Oesterholz and Schlangen, and East of Lager Staumühle, Germany. Seen are Valentine tank, Tiger II (AKA King Tiger, or Royal Tiger) Tank and Self-propelled Gun mounted on Valentine chassis tank. The Royal Tiger Tank with broken gun barrel moves on the ground and breaks through a grove of small trees. The tanks circle a Tiger E, chassis number 250001, which has been abandoned and stripped after years of testing. The seventy-six mm antitank gun mounted on a Valentine chassis fires shells at the Tiger E. (Note: These tests could provide data affecting future Allied tank designs.They were organized by Major-General Sir Percy Cleghorn Stanley Hobart, a renowned pioneer in motorized mobile warfare. Paradoxically, his ideas influenced German tank development and tactics before World War 2. Also present was Dr. Arnold from the Henschel and Sons Company that manufactured tanks at its Mittelfeld Works.)

Date: 1945, July 4
Duration: 3 min 47 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Scenes of World War II as the Allies converge through Germany towards Berlin.

Animated map shows direction of Allied forces converging on Germany, Western Powers from the West, and Soviets from the East during final phase of World War 2, in Europe. Newspaper headline reads: "Russians strike for Berlin."The New York World-Telegram newspaper headline reads: "Yanks Cross the Rhine!."U.S. Army troops seen in house-to-house fighting in Germany.American troops standing at Rhine River viewing Cologne, Germany. The cathedral at Cologne. Film of Hitler's troops crossing the Rhine in 1936 contrasted with views of many German prisoners of war being marched under Allied guard, in 1945. USAAF P-38 lightning aircraft taking off on mission against German targets. View from Allied aircraft strafing German target which explodes. A P-38 landing on a snowy airfield. USAAF P-47 of the 388th Fighter Squadron (C4), 365th Fighter Group, landing and skidding sideways off the runway. It slides in the snow and strikes another P-47 aircraft with engine running, on the ramp. B-24 Liberator bombers taxing for takeoff. Formation of USAAF B-17 bombers dropping bombs all over Germany. Formation of B-17s at very high altitude, leaving contrails behind them. U.S. infantry and armor fighting in snow-covered streets of German city. Allied troops, including Polish soldiers, fighting in the snow. Allied wounded being carried while under fire from German forces. U.S. Sergeant Peter Di Guiseppi and Private Pat Brady being interviewed. De Guiseppi remarks that the war seems like it will never end. Brady recounts being in a tank that hit a mine or something that exploded and abandoning the tank faster than he could ever imagine. He hunkered down in a ditch while bullets flew all around him, including the ammunition from the destroyed tank.

Date: 1945
Duration: 3 min 39 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
General Reinhardt sits in racing scull to cross the Elbe River in Germany for East Meets West meeting with Soviet forces.

American, Russian and British soldiers near the Elbe River in Torgau Germany. They stand in front of an "East Meets West" sign on the banks of the river. Generals wait to cross Elbe River. General Reinhardt sits in racing scull. General is rowed across Elbe River in racing scull. General with others disembark on opposite shore of river. Sign "East meets West". GIs of 69th Division shakes hands with Russian Red Army soldier. GIs shake hands with Soviet soldiers. (Note: Opening cameraman slate lists date as 2-24-45, but this event is known to have occurred on April 25 - 26, 1945.) (World War II period).

Date: 1945, April 26
Duration: 1 min 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
United States troops and Russian troops meet at Elbe River toward the end of World War II in Germany.

Invasion of Germany by Allied forces during World War II. German officers surrender. Troops in front of Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Map depicts the capture of Germany by the US, UK, and Soviets. East Meets West: U.S. 69th Infantry division and Russian 58th Guard Division troops under Major General Rusakov meet at the Elbe River in Torgau Germany on April 26, 1945. Soldiers shake hands. Allied tanks fire. Allied troops cross Rhine River on a bridge. British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery at desk. Paper on a wall by roadside reads 'Law No. 5 Dissolution of Nazi Party'. Civilians look at the paper. U.S. official leaves a car and enters a building for conference. Officials at conference table.

Date: 1945
Duration: 2 min 46 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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