Air raid sirens sounding in London, England,1940. Air raid warden helps people to shelters. German He 111 bombers in formation overhead. Woman scoops up child. British gunners man a 3.7 inch antiaircraft gun. Farmer rides horse-drawn plow. RAF airman rings alert bell that reads: "Don't come and tell.Ring this like hell." RAF pilots scramble to their Spitfire fighter planes and take to the air from a British airbase or aerodrome. German He 111 bombers being intercepted.Wreckage of German bombers. Evening views of London.Prime Minister Winston Churchill contributing to a war drive and receiving a pin from a woman.He doffs his hat. Technician using a slide rule. Rudimentary radar antenna. A U.S. P-38 aircraft in flight. Animated diagrams explaining how radar works. U.S. Army radar operators at their screens. U.S. Army soldier operating antiaircraft radar in the field. Antiaircraft gun firing and downing an airplane.Artllerymen decorate gun barrel with symbols for enemy aircraft downed. A U.S. B-29 bomber in flight with bomb bays open. Bombardier with bomb sight having radar and optic options, using radar to sight target. Bombs falling from aircraft through clouds.A U.S. P-61 night fighter aircraft equipped with airborne radar. A C-47 transport aircraft flying in poor visibility makes a ground controlled approach and landing enabled by radar. A U.S. Navy F6F landing with radar help, on an aircraft carrier. A U.S. battleship. Sailors responding to battle stations at night. Radar antenna rotating on a U.S. warship. Naval guns firing at night. U.S. heavy cruisers bombarding a shoreline. A submarine underway submerged. Navy ship tracking enemy submarine. Destroyer firing depth charges. A PBY Catalina flying over a convoy of ships.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon of England at a train station in Paris. French officials shake hands with the British King and the Queen. A railroad train at the train station. English and French troops at the Arc de Triomphe in a parade along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees with the British Royalty and French dignitaries. Parade includes forces from colonies of France and England. Aerial view of parade and ground level views. The King and the Queen in carriages. English troops and French troops march during a parade. In next scene, two years later in 1940, German troops moving in columns under Arc de Triomphe in occupation of Paris. A German officer salutes. View of German soldiers holding guns moving along the Champs-Elysees. Aerial view of the troops moving along the city. Aerial view of buildings. French citizens standing on the sides of a road watch the German troops. Horsemen and troops on carriages moving under the Arc de Triomphe. A German sentry standing in front of the dome of Napoleon at Les Invalides. The Eiffel Tower with camera panning from ground level upward. View of German soldiers at top of Eiffel Tower. The soldiers are seen raising the Nazi German flag atop the Eiffel tower. A German soldier smiling.
The Haut couture Boutique of White Russian Anna de Wolkoff (aka Anna Nikolayevna Wolkova), daughter of Admiral Nikolai Wolkoff, the Imperial Russian Naval Attache in London, who remained there after the Bolshevik revolution. She pins underlayment fabric on a customer and then has her assistant bring a roll of dress fabric which de Wolkoff drapes and folds, to create a new gown for her customer. The assistant comments about having trouble finding matching fabrics. Anna De Wolkoff suggests a shop in Herald Square, where she used to go when she was a "matching girl." Three takes are repeated during this film. In the last one, the garment is beginning to take final shape. (Note: Anna de Wolkoff was arrested on 20 May 1940 and charged with violating the Official Secrets Act. She was tried, convicted,and sentenced, On 7 November 1940, to 10 years imprisonment for "attempting to assist the enemy.")
British troops evacuating from Dunkirk and arriving in Dover. British home guard civlians march and train. British troops in defensive positions on the cliffs of Dover. Winston Churchill sitting outdoors with Lord Louis Mountbatten . British civilians preparing air raid shelters. British farmers working their fields in August, 1940. They look up at the sound of approaching German bombers. RAF fighter planes intercept German bombers. One seen crashed on the ground. A fallen German aviator. Views of British countryside. Cemetery with crosses marking graves of downed German airmen. Closeup of graves of fliers, Leutnant R.Zehre and Unteroffizier Scheidt, German Air Force, downed on September 27, 1940. Blossoms on fruit trees. Artillery gun firing. Squad of British soldiers runs for cover as explosions occur around them. German Dornier Do 217 bomber in flames overhead. British paratroopers in training drop. Parachutes open. British soldiers charge out of trench as explosion occurs right in front of them in a live fire exercise. British troops firing automatic weapons from cover in brush. British sailors manning landing craft (invasion barges) carrying troops during beach landing exercises. The troops charge ashore as the boats hit the beach. British Able Seaman Fletcher in a landing craft, says in former raids on enemy territory, he had to put the "pungos"(sp?) (soldiers) ashore in a rowing boat. Navy Lieutenant John Lewis mentions several French coastal locations where the landing craft were used. He speaks of taking soldiers on raids and waiting to take them back home again. More scenes of British troops in live fire exercises.
Nazi crimes against the nations of the world during World War II. View of the Peace Treaty between Germany and Yugoslavia which was signed on 1st June, 1939. The treaty breached on 6th April 1941, Germany launched a massive attack on Yugoslavia. German troops attack and advance. A map shows that most of the Europe was in the hands of Germany by 1941. View of September 27, 1940 signing ceremonies in Berlin of the Tripartite (Axis) Pact between Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. Hitler and axis leaders shake hands and pose at pact signing table. Joachim von Ribbentrop signing the Axis Pact. Scene of German tank treads close-up rolling over battlefield and wider view of German armor and troops in June 1941 invading Russia, in violation of their non-agression pact. Nazi forces enter Russian territory. Wehrmacht forces setup and fire artillery at Russia. German rocket launchers fire rockets at Russian targets. Ground and aerial views of formations of German Luftwaffe aircraft on bombing runs. Between August-September 1941, Luftwaffe conducts blitzkrieg raids (blitz) on Great Britain. View of British landmarks like St Paul's Cathedral dome and Tower Bridge. Aerial views as Luftwaffe fighter aircraft roll and dive toward targets. British spotlights and search lights on the ground sweeping and catching German aircraft in their light beams. British anti aircraft batteries open fire on German planes over England. Alternating views of German plane point of view bombing England with bright flashes of light and explosions on the ground, and British anti-aircraft fire filling the air. Ground views in England of buildings on fire from blitz bombing, and fire fighters moving to deploy fire hoses and extinguish fires. Flaming buildings collapse from bombs and fire. Whole blocks of buildings on fire. Scene change to December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. U.S. Navy ships bombed and on fire in Pearl Harbor.
From the Ford Motor Company produced film, "Scenes From the World of Tomorrow" documenting the 1939-1940 World's Fair in New York City. View of buildings of the New York World's Fair of 1940. The Brooklyn Bridge. Aerial view of Manhattan Island, New York City. Skyscrapers of New York City including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. New York Harbor and ships in the harbor. View of the buildings of the New York Worlds Fair in the distance in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as seen from high in a skyscraper of New York City. The Fair's Trylon and Perisphere stand out. People walk along the sides of fountains and waterways at the fair. Crowds milling about, bands marching, dancers performing. Flags of many nations flying on the flag poles. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Washington, as the first President of the United States and a statue of George Washington. A bus moves on the street. Fountains and a small bridge near a waterway. Pavilions of nations of England, Japan, and Italy. The USA building and some of the buildings of U.S. States including Maine and Florida. Fountains and waterways of the fair. Woman and two girls eat ice cream cones. A Raymond Loewy - designed S1 experimental streamlined locomotive created for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Pavilions of American Telephone & Telegraph and of United States Steel Corporation, also of Westinghouse, Goodrich, Chrysler, and General Motors.