Film opens showing Adolf Hitler, in World War 2, with Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch, Army Commander-in-Chief, and other top military members, planning for Operation Barbarossa (Attack to the East toward the Soviet Union). As he walks away from the table, he speaks briefly to Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, head of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy). Next Hitler and Marshall Hermann Goering are seen strolling and conversing at the Eastern Front headquarters, "the wolf's lair," (Wolfschanze) near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). Scene shifts to the Soviet Union, where Joseph Stalin is seen speaking at a podium. A large outdoor audience, including some soldiers, is gathered to listen. Images showing the Soviet people responding to defend against the German Nazi invasion. Closeup of Soviet soldiers with shouldered weapons. The nearest is holding a PPSh-41 submachine gun. Closeups of Soviet women and men in military uniforms. Soviet citizens heading to enlist in the military. Soldiers marching loosely n a city street. Patriotic singing is heard in background. A formation of Soviet women marching. Some carry furled banners. Soviet women carrying simple farm implements, marching in a rural part of Russia and joining others who are working to prepare anti-tank ditches and barriers in the countryside. Views of hundreds of people working on this project. Weapons being provided to rural Soviet guerrillas who will operate behind enemy lines. Anti-aircraft guns being set up overlooking a harbor. Closeup of Soviet soldiers manipulating controls on a camouflaged anti-aircraft gun and others maneuvering a four-barreled anti-aircraft machine gun. Local farm family members on makeshift towers keeping watch over huge fields of wheat. Soviet farmers harvesting the wheat with scythes. An armed farmer shielding his eyes as he searches the skies for German airplanes. Closeup of a man cutting wheat with a scythe as women gather the sheaves behind him. Motorized harvesters at work in a field of wheat. Closeup of a woman operating one. Tractors used in harvesting. Women and children gleaning what remains behind in the harvested fields. Farmers driving their cattle East (away from advancing Germans). Evacuating Soviet people employ a scorched earth policy, burning their homes, barns, and anything that might be of value to advancing German forces. Views of burning houses. Soviet industrial enterprises working around the clock producing war materiel. Seen are petroleum facilities; a large plant expelling coke; coal pouring into a barge; men at work at a steel furnace; ribbons of hot steel moving out of rollers; a huge manufacturing plant in operation. Next, a Soviet Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tank is seen moving across a field. Russian Ploikarpov 1-16 fighter planes in flight. A large formation of German Dornier DO 17 bombers in flight high overhead. Soviet forces retreating. Views of fallen German soldiers, fires burning, and remnants of a downed German bomber. German prisoners of war marching under guard and others surrendering with hands in the air. Closeups of some German prisoners. A Russian Petlyakov Pe-2 aircraft parked in snow with engines running. Fallen German soldiers lying in the snow along a roadway, in Winter of 1941-42. A Russian Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tank maneuvering in the snow. Russian Bt-7 Light Cavalry Tanks proceeding toward the front in Springtime, 1942.
Adolf Hitler and German Navy Grand Admiral Erich Raeder walk side by side, at the Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in the woods of Gierloz, Rastenburg, East Prussia (Poland) during World War 2. Hitler pets a dog as they walk. They meet a large number of military dignitaries accompanying a Japanese military mission. Hermann Goering is present.
German General Friedrich Paulus arrives by car at Hitler's Wolf's Lair (Wolfsschanze) Eastern headquarters near the East Prussian town of Rastenburg, during World War 2. Paulus is greeted by a German Colonel, who escorts him to the entrance of a building where he is more formally greeted by Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel. Scene shifts to General Franz Halder, Chief of the German General staff, personally greeting him, as well. Next, Paulus gives Nazi salute as Adolf Hitler walks toward him to welcome him to the Wolf's lair. They exchange handshakes. He is seen to say: "Mein Fuhrer" as he steps back and Hitler walks away. Complete change of scene, to a different occasion, shows a sedan arriving carrying Dobri Bozhilov, Prime Minister of Bulgaria. Next view is inside the building, where Hitler strolls in and greets Bozhilov, who bows deeply as he shakes hands with him.
German military and civilians collaborate to build defenses against Soviet forces in East Prussia, during World War 2. They dig foundations and prepare pill boxes, among other fortifications. German Generals and other officers participate in the manual labor, laying their uniform blouses aside and digging in with the rest of the workers. They are seen preparing wide and deep antitank ditches to trap Soviet armor.
German infantry in East Prussia during World War I. The German soldiers stop by the roadside for dinner. Soldiers prepare for the war on the front. Trees in the area. Soldiers wearing spiked helmets march. Smoke in the background. An officer on a horse on the front. Soldiers on motorbikes. Officers discuss amongst themselves. Smoke arises from firing.
German infantry in East Prussia during World War I. They advance on the front. They move forward under cover to avoid possible detection. Soldiers march. Trees in the area. Soldiers on horses. Houses in the foreground.