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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
 
 
Polish Refugees travel three years and 3 thousand miles to Iran during World War II.

Many Polish refugees are seen in the final phase of their monumental trek of three years and three thousand miles from Poland, during World War 2. Scene shifts to Poland in 1939, where polish refugees crowd roads carrying their belongings in wooden carts and other conveyances. They are seen at a rest stop where they obtain food. Animated map shows path of refugees fleeing East into the Soviet Union, following the German invasion in August, 1939. The path continues Southeast in 1941, as they flee from the German campaign, Operation Barbarossa, into the Soviet Union. Their journey continues along the west coast of the Caspian Sea, through the Caucasus, to Persia (Iran). Views of refugees arriving at the Persian border, where they are seen near many tents, and being provided with articles of clothing from British and American Red Cross Stations. Refugees donning new shoes and other items. Young girls having their hair styled. Refugees sit at long tables where they receive hot meals. A teacher conducts an outdoor class for Polish refugee children. Closeup of children at their desks. Refugee women are seen tilling soil to plant crops, while fathers and grown sons and daughters leave to join the new armies of the Polish Government in Exile. Views of Polish women, in uniforms marching and of uniformed armed Polish soldiers, as well becoming part of the Allied war against the Axis powers. Polish refugees at an outdoor shrine, offering prayers for the safety of their members in the military. New polish refugee arrivals at the Persian border being greeted by others, many of whom are family members.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 46 sec
Sound: Yes
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 biplane aircraft 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
 
 
Scenes from World War 1, and world events in the period between World War I and World War II.

Rail guns firing in World War 1. U.S. troops charging out of trenches. Allied gunners firing "French 75s" Allied twin-tailed biplane bombers. French Renault F17 tanks. Crowds in cities celebrate Armistice Day and end of World War I. Treaty of Versailles. Destruction of warships. Scenes of Paris. A pagoda in Japan. Temples in Siam, China, and Manchuria. Two Kayan women in Myanmar or Thailand perform a dance. Both Kayan women wear long brass coil neck rings. In the U.S., a boy hits a baseball and runs toward first base. Scenes of Japan invading Manchuria. Newspaper with headline: Henry Stimson denouncing Japan. U.S. Army troops dispel World War I veteran bonus marchers. Men lined up in bread line for unemployed during Great Depression. Brief shot of Gangsters in gun battle in an American city. Scenes of dust bowl in American with farmers and families heading West in caravans. Family standing by tent. Torchlight parade in Germany. Adolf Hitler with German President Hindenburg. Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Victor Lutze, at 1934 Nazi Rally in Nuremberg. Italian Caproni bombers over Ethiopia. Ethiopian tribesmen and Haile Selassie. U.S.Neutrality Act. American youths with a 1930 Ford coupe. Scenes from Civil war in Spain. Spanish Rebel forces in ground combat with Nationalist forces. German and Italian aircraft participate in bombing Spanish Nationalist targets in Spanish Civil War. Spanish civilians flee bombing, tend to wounded and dead victims following bombings. Italian Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79 Sparviero bombers. Crowds running for shelter. Women and children victims of bombing, some crying and in shock. Spanish General Francisco Franco arrives by train in southern France to meet with Hitler. View of Gallup Poll forms, and findings, with Americans against entering European war and preferring neutrality. Japanese planes and warships attack China. Naval Chinese civilians run for cover; bodies of Chinese in trucks. Japanese freighters, Buenos Aires and Tatsuno Maru, in U.S. ports being loaded with scrap iron and metals. Hitler, Goering and other officers in 1938. Adolf Hitler, Neville Chamberlain, Edouard Daladier, Benito Mussolini, Count Ciano sign Munich Agreement. Hitler riding standing up in an open car during a rally in Germany. Elevated view of Los Angeles, then view of traffic on streets of Los Angeles California and newspapers being sold to pedestrians. Citizens in movie theater watching Confessions of a Nazi Spy. German-American Bund activities including outdoor rallies in the U.S., and an indoor rally in New York City at Madison Square Garden in 1939. Emperor Hirohito reviewing World War 2 troops of Japan. Japanese steel production and arms production in Japanese factories. The Hokoku Maru Japanese ship being launched with fanfare from Tama Shipyards on July 5, 1939. Meeting of United States Military Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in late 1939 to consider national defense matters. In meeting of Naval Affairs Committee, representative asks for increase of 25 percent in authorized naval tonnage.

Date: 1940
Duration: 11 min 26 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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