Russian troops eating while settled in a field during a snow storm, in World War 1. They are all dressed in warm clothing. Their rifles are stacked amongst them. Several soldiers entertain others by dancing, accompanied by a violinist and an accordianist. A mascot dog is held on leash by an onlooker. Scene shifts to infantrymen marching loosely, behind mounted officer, along path in a snowy field. Later, they proceed single file through snow. A town square is seen jammed with soldiers and civilians. Several hold large banners. A uniformed man passes out paper fliers to the crowd. Troops are seen carrying flags as they march through the snow. Then they form in a large circle, and are addressed by a senior officer, as a clergyman stands behind him. Inserted view of Lev Kamenev addressing troops, in a warmer time and place. Sequence then reverts back to troops in the snow, displaying red flag, and seemingly pledging allegiance to the Bolsheviks. Final scenes show troops parading in snowy Red Square, in Moscow.
A documentary titled 'Why We Fight, The Battle of Russia' depicts battles fought by Russians, fighting military raids from other nations. Dramatized scenes of invasion of German knights in 1242. Town Pskov destroyed and civilians roped. In the battle of Novgorad, the Russians under emperor Alexender Nevesky defeat the Germans in a fierce battle. The Swedish attack Russia and get defeated by Russian army in battle of Poltava in 1704. French troops retreat in a frozen desert after getting defeated by Russians in 1812. Kaiser Wilhelm inspects troops on Eastern front in 1917. Russian army of cavaliers and infantrymen march for battle. Map shows a part of Russia, Ukraine occupied during the battle.
A trench at a battlefield on the Eastern Front during World War 1. A dead Austrian soldier near the trench and a Christian wooden cross planted on the ground. Slate indicates Russian cavalry have succeeded in recapturing lands held by Austria.
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.
German Army retreats from the Eastern Front and destroy railroads and villages in their way, during World War II. A map shows German expansion on the eastern front in Estonian LIthuanian border in Europe, during World War II. German soldiers retreat from the eastern front towards a new line of defense. German soldiers dynamite railroad tracks and retreat from a burning village. Natives of the village evacuate it with their luggage and livestock. Soviet tanks and trucks damaged by German small arms and artillery fired.
The Germans dig defensive positions on the eastern border of Germany during World War II. Hitler Youth, Reich Labor Service units and Baltic people dig defensive trenches on Germany's eastern border. View of Hitler youth lined up with shovels ready to fall out and dig. Hitler youth ride to the eastern front trench digging site on bicycles while holding shovels. At the trenches, men and women march carrying shovels and dig defensive positions. Mass hand digging effort underway by men and women and Hitler youth. Ground and aerial views of the trenches being dug. Wide aerial view of long line of jagged defensive trenches separating German held areas from the front with the Soviet Russian forces.