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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
 
 
British pilots take off to photograph enemy lines, an airfield is prepared and personnel celebrate in Eastern France.

British pilots fly over the West Wall to photograph enemy (Germans) forts and troop concentrations in Eastern France. British fliers stand near aircraft of the Royal Air Force. They look at a map. The pilots get into the aircraft. An obstacle in front of the wheel of an aircraft is removed. The aircraft takes off over the West Wall to photograph enemy (Germans) forts and troop concentrations. Trucks in a forest. Men work in a trench. A British personnel holding equipment in his hands smiles. Airfields are prepared: Trees are cut and a bulldozer passes along a road to level the land. The aircraft lands. The pilot goes into a tent. He looks at photographs. One British personnel inspects holes in a wall. A man pushes a cart. A woman stands outside a house. British personnel read newspapers. They celebrate by drinking.

Date: 1939, October 30
Duration: 1 min 32 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Memelland annexed by Germany and reintegrated into East Prussia, on eve of World War II

Animated map shows Germany and bordering states of Slovakia, the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and the area of Memel (Klaipeda) in Lithuania, during advent of World War 2, Under duress, Lithuania ceded Memel to Germany by a treaty, effective 23 March 1939. It was immediately reincorporated into East Prussia. Newspapers being thrown to people gathered in a square. They carry headline: "Memel is Free."Nazi flags flying. Banner reads "We are swept home."border gates are thrown open and people rush through. Trucks full of German troops are welcomed. Formation of German Heinkel He-51 biplanes flies overhead. View from under triple 11 inch guns at stern of the German Cruiser Deutschland. Adolf Hitler standing behind canvas at railing on the deck with officers. A German destroyer coming into port. Hitler transferring from the Deutschland to a pier at Memel. He reviews troops in formation on the pier. The Deutschland in background with her crew lined up on deck. Hitler stands in an open car as it moves off the wharf to streets where people line the sidewalks to wave and salute him. He reviews German troops drawn up in a city square. Police control crowds. Hitler stands at a podium and exchanges Nazi salute with the crowd.

Date: 1939, March 23
Duration: 4 min 29 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Polish forces launch counterattacks against German invasion forces during World War II.

German motorcyclists,trucks,cavalry and infantry on the move as Polish refugees move to the rear near Warsaw, Poland, in World War 2 . Animated map shows tightening of German forces around Polish defenders, early in September, 1939, in World War 2. It shows Polish counterattacks at the Bzura River (German: Kutno) by combined Polish Armies, Poznan and Pomorze, toward Stryków (9-12 September) and toward Lowicz (13-15 September). The German forces then completely encircle by closing them off on the East.The map shows many arrows indicating strong effort by the Poles to breakout to the East,to Warsaw, without success. Scene shifts to many German He-111 bombers taking off. Aerial view shows the bombers taking off simultaneously across a broad dirt field, leaving dust trails behind them. A formation of 18 He-111s is seen in flight. Then a formation of Do-17s is seen followed by more He-111s. Closeups of He-111s.Views of ground from the nose greenhouse. Brief glimpses of targets burning on ground.Bombs dropping from He-111s. More burning targets on the ground.

Date: 1939, September
Duration: 5 min 0 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Eddie Rickenbacker, President of Eastern Airlines, hosts Cyrus R. Smith, President of American Airlines, after both airlines acquire DC-3 airplanes

Glimpse of U.S. Army gun crew operating a 3-inch M3 Anti Aircraft gun. Glimpse of 1st Lt Joseph H. Eastman and Captain Eddie Rickenbacker standing beside Rickenbacker's SPAD S.XIII #1 parked in front of a hangar at Foucaucourt Aerodrome, France, 1918. Sequence shifts to 1936, and office of Rickenbacker, now President of Eastern Airlines. A poster on the wall contains memorabilia from the 94th Aero Squadron, with which Rickenbacker flew in World War I. Camera pans over photographes bordering the poster. Next, Rickenbacker is seen conversing with his guest, Cyrus R. Smith, President of American Airlines, as they look at a picture of Rickenbacker and his Spad airplane, signed by numerous pilots who also served with the 94th Aero Squadron. A mounted model of a Douglas DC-3 airplane sits atop a table in the foreground. Rickenbacker and C.R. Smith, both hold onto the DC-3 airplane model as they shake hands. Closeup of the DC-3 model as Rickenbacker rotates it before the camera. (Note: Both Smith and Rickenbacker, presidents of their respective airlines, had mutual admiration for the Douglas DC-3 airliner. In 1934,Smith arranged to purchase 20 new DC-3 airplanes from the Douglas Aircraft Company. American's first DC-3 "Flagship Illinois," had its maiden flight on June 25, 1936. Eastern Airlines took delivery of its first DC-3 in December 1936.)

Date: 1936
Duration: 51 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Sino-Soviet Conflict over Manchurian Chinese Eastern Railway. International Commission goes to Hailar Front in China.

Sino-Soviet conflict over the Manchurian Chinese Eastern Railway. Representatives of International Commission prepare to travel to the Hailar Front in China. They place the flags of United States, japan, and France on the locomomotive before passing through Chinese lines. Snow covers the ground. The representatives of America, France and Japan, which include women, leave the staff headquarters of General Hu Yu Kun, Commander-in-Chief of the Western Front.

Date: 1930
Duration: 1 min 45 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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