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First Battle of the Masurian Lakes on the Eastern front in World War I

The First Battle of the Masurian Lakes, September 1-7, 1914, in World War 1. Animated map shows maneuvering of German 8th Army forces under Paul von Hindenburg in East Prussia, against the Russian 1st Army under Paul von Rennenkampf. This is a German counter offensive following their victory against the German 2nd Army in the battle of Tannenberg, in August,. The animated map shows rapid movements of the German forces (reflecting their use of extensive rail networks in the area). Slate states that 350 thousand Russian prisoners were taken in this new quick German counterattack. Remainder of the sequence shows countless numbers of surrendered Russian First Army troops marching along a road.

Date: 1914, September
Duration: 1 min 15 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
German forces achieve early progress during 1914 in world War I

Actors in a play converse against painted backdrop depicting the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. German soldiers advancing (not under fire) through field and trees in World War 1. They pass a cross marking a grave. Actors playing rolls of mother, father, and their boy, greet a German soldier who enters their home. He is in uniform including Pickelhaube (spiked helmet). He presents some papers to the father, who directs him to someone else (unseen) in the household. Next, the soldier bids the family goodbye. He is now carrying two large packages and a bottle of him two packages and a bottle of wine. A contingent of German soldiers are seen marching, loosely, as they are led by an army band playing their instruments. Spectators, including a number of children, walk alongside the soldiers. Next, spectators crowd around what appears to be an imperial coach, pulled by a team of four white horses. (The occupant of the carriage is not visible.) More marching soldiers are seen passing close to spectators. A troop of German Hussar lancers parades on horseback in full military uniforms. Soldiers march across a crowded square. German troops marshalling beside a rail road train at an outdoor stop. Some soldiers move along a road in horse-drawn wagons. Officers are seen riding in an automobile followed by troops in motorized trucks. Troops with horses, wagons, artillery and other equipment organize for movement to the battle front. A series of newspapers is seen, with dates commencing.August 8, 1914.They report on German military actions. One dated August 21st reports German troops in Brussels. Another, dated September 3, 1914 reports the advance on Paris. One dated August 25th reports war in the East. A September 1st paper reports a great advance in France. German troops are seen trudging along in formation. a line of German military covered wagons entering a French town as other German soldiers busy themselves occupying it. Large numbers of French townspeople evacuate with belongings. some walk and carry goods in wheel barrows. Others leave in horse-drawn wagons. And some depart in automobiles. Occupying German troops are seen in cold weather clothing, at an outdoor mess. Their arms are stacked and they eat from personal mess gear. German soldiers airing out their bedding and settling into a park in a French town. Scene shifts to patrons at a crowded outdoor cafe in Berlin. A tram passes in the background.

Date: 1914
Duration: 2 min 36 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Austrian troops operating on the Eastern Front in World War I, in battle with Russian forces.

Austrian troops on the Eastern Front during World War 1 battling Russian forces. During a lull in battle, they move cautiously among fallen soldiers, on the battlefield, seeking to help any still alive. Austro-Hungarian medics find and retrieve one wounded soldier on a stretcher.

Date: 1914
Duration: 1 min 42 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Flanders Hitler Youth units hand over swastika flags to Eastern Front volunteers in Ghent, Belgium during World War II.

Flanders Hitler Youth units and Eastern Front volunteers at a ceremony in Ghent, Belgium during World War II. Trumpeters play on a parapet. The Eastern Front volunteers marching in a column holding swastika flags in Gravensteen, the Castle of the Counts (Ghent's oldest monument dating from 800 AD). Several others watching them march. Men and women units of Flanders Hitler Youth and Eastern Front volunteers standing in formation during a ceremony on the castle ground. An insignia on the castle. An officer holding a swastika flag marches leading Flanders Hitler Youth units. A few officers standing in formation in front of the castle. An officer shaking hands with an Eastern Front volunteer and handing over the swastika flag to the volunteer. The volunteers standing in formation holding swastika flags. The volunteers wearing armbands with swastika sign.

Date: 1944
Duration: 1 min 15 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Soviet Russia mobilizes to defend against German offensive (Operation Barbarossa) in World War II.

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. Soviet Russian Polikarpov I-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.

Date: 1941
Duration: 3 min 44 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
British troops fight Italians in Libya; Germany opens Eastern Front Campaign during World War II.

Images taken by military and news cameramen during World War II. The North African Campaign, 1940: British tanks and infantry advance over the Libyan Desert. British soldiers fire artillery. Masses of Italian prisoners marched by British soldiers. Next shown is campaign on the Eastern Front, 1941, as Germany attacks Russia: Nazi tanks advance under Luftwaffe air cover into the Soviet Union. Aerial view of German Junker Ju 87 aircraft in flight. German tanks and armored vehicles rolling. Wide view of many German tanks rolling east. German soldiers leaping down from a hill with smoke all around as they battle in a Russian town. Russian Pe-2 bomber aircraft in flight. Interior view of pilot and crew in Soviet Pe-2 bomber while in flight. Soviet soldiers on tanks during a battle. Burning tanks. Soviet soldiers run toward battle front and pass a dead German soldier on the battlefield.

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 1 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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