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Civilians along with German soldiers and senior Nazi officers prepare defenses against Soviet forces in East Prussia during World War II

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.

Date: 1944
Duration: 1 min 49 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Hitler visits German officers, hospitalized for injuries from bomb plot against him. He also meets Nazi officials, in World War II

Adolf Hitler visits German military officers, at a military hispital in Rastenburg, during World War 2. They were injured in the July 20th assassination attempt against Hitler. He visitis and speaks with: Major General Walter Scherff; Navy Captain Heinz Assmann; Rear Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer; and General Walther Buhle. As he leaves the building, women nurses outside, give Nazi salutes, and cheer him. Change of scene shows Hitler, at the Wolf's Lair compound, near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). Among those he greets are: Walther Funk, Reich Minister for Economic Affairs; Reich Minister Albert Speer; and Reich Minister Hans Heinrich Lammers, President of the Reich Cabinet. Next scene shows Heinrich Himmler, chief of the Nazi Gestapo, speaking with General (Generaloberst) Ferdinand Schörner. Hitler strolls with Hermann Goering, and is then seen, from behind, as he greets Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels and General (Generaloberst) Heinz Wilhelm Guderian, Chief of Staff of the Army. The Nazi top leaders stand and converse. Goebbels speaks with Martin Bormann and General Alfred Jodl,who was also injured during the July 20, 1944 bomb plot against Hitler. (Jodl's head is bandaged.)

Date: 1944
Duration: 1 min 56 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Hitler visits officers injured in the July 20th bomb plot and meets with Nazi officials, in World War II

Adolf Hitler visits German Army officers, who were injured, in the July 20th assassination attempt against him. They are being treated at a military hospital, in Rastenburg, during World War 2. Among the victims he visits are: Major General Walter Scherff; Navy Captain Heinz Assmann; Rear Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer; and General Walther Buhle. Hitler is seen with a small bandage in his right ear due to a ruptured ear drum from the explosion. He takes time and speaks with each of the wounded officers. As he leaves, women nurses, assembled outside, render Nazi salutes, and cheer him. Change of scene shows Hitler, at the Wolf's Lair compound, near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). He greets Walther Funk, Reich Minister for Economic Affairs; a local Gauleiter; Reich Minister Albert Speer; a Dr. Sauer; and Reich Minister Hans Heinrich Lammers, President of the Reich Cabinet. Next scene shows Heinrich Himmler, chief of the Nazi Gestapo, speaking with General (Generaloberst) Ferdinand Schörner. Hitler strolls with Hermann Goering, and is then seen, from behind, as he greets Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels and General (Generaloberst) Heinz Wilhelm Guderian, Chief of Staff of the Army. Beside him is Hermann Fegelein. The Nazi top leaders stand and converse. Goebbels speaks with Martin Bormann and General Alfred Jodl, whose head is bandaged. (He was injured during the July 20, 1944 assassination plot against Hitler.)

Date: 1944, July
Duration: 1 min 55 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Germany institutes measures to increase war efforts on the home front during World War II

Captured German propaganda film designed to encourage the population in the final days of World War 2. The closed Theater des Volkes (Theater of the people) in Berlin is seen at it's start. Steel gates are being pulled across the entrance of the Deutsches Opernhaus (German Opera House). Steel gates are drawn across the entrance to the Schiller Theater on Bismarckstrasse in Berlin. A sign announcing the open hours at a play house, is covered by a cardboard. Likewise a sign at an opera theater is covered. (Narrator states that Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda, has been given the title: "Reich Plenipotentiary for Total War.") City trams are diverted to carry war supplies. View of men loading boxes into one. A tram pulling rail cars loaded with freight. An automobile being towed by a tram. Morale boosting slogans posted in various places. (one reads "Relentlessly determined to win victory." Another reads "With the Leader (Fuhrer) to Victory." Joseph Goebbels, addressing a rally of armaments workers in the Rhineland District, tells them (according to the Narrator) "Before we admit the enemy to German soil, and submit ourselves to his will, we will first work our hands bloody and work to our last breath." The assembled workers applaud enthusiastically.Men and women over 65 years of age are seen engaged in light manufacturing. German miners coming off shift volunteer to dig trenches and prepare earthworks. The receive tools and march to a work site. Views of men digging defenses in East Prussia where it became urgent as the Soviet army drew near in October, 1944. In another similar scene, many women are seen working alongside men building defenses. A group of Nazi officers pose for pictures ostensibly working to also dig fortifications. A huge civilian work force is seen digging deep and wide ditches to stop or delay invaders.

Date: 1944
Duration: 1 min 36 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Funeral of German General Günther Korten in World War II. Hitler visits other victims of bomb plot, in hospital

Camera pans across the Tannenberg Memorial courtyard where Nazi military hierarchy is gathered for the funeral of General Günther Korten, Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe, who died from injuries suffered in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in July 1944. German military Honor Guard and band are seen in background as Marshal Hermann Goering expresses his condolences to the General's widow and relatives. Closeup of a German soldier and of the bereaved. Scene shifts to view from above and behind the flag-draped casket of General Korten, as Goering, standing in front of it, salutes with his Marshal's baton. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, and other senior military officers all salute. Soldiers bring a large wreath forward and Goering places it before the casket and salutes. View of the flag-draped casket with helmet and dagger atop it. Pall bearers lift the casket shoulder height and proceed to carry it into a tomb in the memorial building. In a complete change of scene, Adolf Hitler is seen walking with a medical officer into a military hospital in Rastenburg, where he visits German Army officers, who were injured, in the July 20th bomb plot against him during World War 2. He visits Major General Walter Scherff; Navy Captain Heinz Assmann; Rear Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer; and General Walther Buhle. He takes time and speaks with each of the wounded officers. Women nurses, assembled outside, render Nazi salutes, and cheer Hitler as he departs.

Date: 1944
Duration: 1 min 41 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The funeral of German General Günther Korten, Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe

A contingent of German soldiers stand at attention in the Tannenberg Memorial, as an honor guard, during the funeral of General Günther Korten, Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe, who died from injuries suffered in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, July 1944. Six soldiers stand near his flag-draped coffin. Two hold black displays on which the General's medals are pinned. Closeup of one soldier. Closeup of General Korten's medals. View from above and behind the coffin, as Marshal Hermann Goering stands, in front of it, and salutes with his baton. Goering expressing his condolences to the widow and relatives of General Korten. Goering at a podium delivering a eulogy. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, and other senior military officers are seen at the funeral. Views of the courtyard of the Tannenberg memorial with members of the family and assembled participants listening to Goering. Eulogy finished, Goering now stands, saluting with his baton, and lays a large wreath by the casket. Helmet and dagger are seen atop the casket. The attending officers all salute, as pallbearers carry the coffin at shoulder height, and proceed to carry it into a tomb. View from inside the tomb as the casket is carried in. (World War II period).

Date: 1944
Duration: 1 min 50 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
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