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.
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.
Crowds cheer Prime Minister Winston churchill during his visit to Bristol, England, during the Blitz. He is greeted by Nurses and staff in the courtyard of a hospital. Accompanied by Lord Mayor of Bristol, Alderman Thomas Underwood, he inspects a contingent of Home Guard. Churchill removes his hat and waves it. He then walks rapidly across a square followed by his entourage. The lord Mayor points out a set of three photographs held by a man. (These are not distinguishable). Churchill's daughter Sarah and her mother, Lady Churchill, are right behind him. Closeup of American Ambassador to the Court of St. James, John Gilbert Winant, who is part of the Prime Minister's party. Citizens wave as Churchill and the Lord Mayor sit high in the back of an open car driving along the street. Bomb damaged buildings in background. Closeup from moving car of enthusiastic young women cheering the Prime Minister. Churchill walking down a city street surrounded by crowds, holds his hat high above, balancing it on his walking stick. View from car approaching women in middle of the street, waving British flags. Churchill, surrounded by well-wishers, walking rapidly along a sidewalk with cigar in his mouth. He removes his hat and waves it. Many spectators waving (most are women). One shakes his hand as he speeds past her. Workers standing near scaffolding, set up to repair a building, pause to wave at the Prime Minister. Churchill with cigar in mouth and hat raised, is caught in a crush of well-wishers,
Death and funeral ceremony of former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill in England. In footage from the past, Churchill is seen walking with his aides using a walking stick. Also Churchill with former United States President Franklin D Roosevelt beside him, singing during a religious service aboard the HMS Prince of Wales on August 10, 1941. View of the clergy, dignitaries and civilians during the funeral ceremony of Winston Churchill at St. Pauls Cathedral in London, England.
Allied offensive in North Africa during World War II. Railroad train passes on a bridge in the United States filled with tanks and equipment bound for eastern ports. British rail carry heavy equipment and British Tanks to ports. Large number of transport trucks line up at a dock area. An Allied troop transport ship arrives at the dock. Allied troops boarding troop carrier ships in United States and England. British tanks loaded to ships. Troops disembark a train and troops embark a ship. Troops wave as the ship leaves the dock. Allied transport ships, battleships, cruisers and destroyers underway in Atlantic toward Gibraltar rendevous in 1942. Montage shows U.S. Capitol in Washington, President Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill in conversation in late December 1941, Views of General George Marshall, General Dwight D Eisenhower in the United States following their appointments to lead the effort from the American side. General Mark Clarke in England shaking hands with Eisenhower. Neville Chamberlain also seen. A convoy of Allied ships. Allied troops aboard ships headed to Gibraltar. Two United States soldiers sew American flag patches on uniforms. Troops play games on ship deck. Battle inspection of troops and arms on the deck by their officers.
Prime Minister Winston Churchill, accompanied by Lady Churchill and several officials, visits Bristol, April,12, 1941, the day after the so-called "Good Friday bombing raid."
Churchill pauses to contribute to a charity being represented by a uniformed sailor. He takes a small token of his contribution from the sailor's box and pins it to his coat collar. He speaks with some women lining the sidewalk, and pats the head of a small child held up to him by one of the women. Next, Winston, and Lady Clementine Churchill, speak with a woman, standing near some rubble, as a British officer takes a snapshot. The Churchills, and other members of their party, make their way through some rubble, past several bombed buildings. Several citizens take photographs. Scene shifts the University of Bristol's Wills Memorial Building on Park Street. University officials and faculty in academic robes inside the building. At the center of the ceremonial activities, is Winston Churchill, Chancellor of the University, who presides over the awarding of Honorary degrees to American Ambassador, John Gilbert Winant, and Australian Prime Minister, Robert Gordon Menzies. Churchill is later seen leaving the Memorial Building, flanked by the honors recipients, Winant and Menzies.