German invasion of Estonia in World War 2. Film opens showing German artillery batteries firing 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18 or sFH 18 (heavy field howitzers) at zero elevation from hills overlooking a river valley. Next, some troops and equipment are seen crossing a pontoon bridge, and others walk across an ordinary undamaged bridge over a stream. One German soldier checks for enemies under the bridge, as some motorcycles drive past. In a field, German soldiers watch, as others fire a 75mm field piece (7.5-cm Feld Kanone) downward from a hill overlooking a pond, some farm houses and trees. Scene shifts to shell exploding on a building in a village, causing dense white smoke to rise. German infantry firing and moving cautiously among trees at side of road. Others, firing from shelter in a ditch near pile of heavy timbers. Several duck down in a ditch under a Signpost pointing to Pankjavilsa-18Km and to Trboska-11Km, in opposite direction.Residential houses are behind them. They advance from that spot. Two German soldiers move near a damaged bus and burned wood. One throws a hand grenade that explodes in foundations of an old stone house. A pair of German soldiers fires a machine gun. Several German troops jump into an inflated rubber raft and paddle across a river. a damaged wooden bridge is behind them. View from above, of troops in several rafts. Some pass by a tall seemingly undamaged bridge. Views of several shelters in a field, that appear to be improvised by German soldiers. Troops standing on a dock as a large barge arrives, carrying light armored cars (Leichter Panzerspähwagen) of SdKfz series, which they offload and drive away. Other troops cross several sets of parallel railroad tracks. Views of destroyed rail cars. In a town,itself, one house in a block has been totally destroyed. and is on fire. Several civilians huddle near a doorway and one walks slowly across the street. Two dead horses lay in the street. German soldiers moving at intersection of a dusty road. Some ride bicycles. Some ride in a light utility car (Volkswagen Kübelwagen). A heavier army utility car is parked at the intersection. Next, a long line of German soldiers is seen riding bicycles. Change of scene shows a dozen German soldiers riding atop a Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III) assault gun. It is followed by a light halftrack (SdKfz 7) with a canvas cover and soldiers riding in an army utility vehicle. Final scene shows an 18 Ton Half-Track, Schwerer Zugkraftwagen (Sd. Kfz. 9) "Famo," raising lots of dust as it drives along a dirt road. It is camouflaged with tree branches and is towing a 15 cm sFH 18 field gun.
German forces repulse attack during Soviet Riga Offensive Operation in Latvia, Estonia, in World War 2. A map shows German-Soviet front around city of Riga, on Eastern Front.. German units repulse a Soviet attack, using artillery, Nebelwerfer rockets, tank destroyers and infantry with Panzerfaust antitank weapons. Medium shot of soldier firing Panzerfaust anti-tank weapon.
President Ignacy Moscicki of Poland is received by Otto August Strandmann, Head of State on his first visit to the republic in Reval. The President shakes hands with Army Generals. Children wave. The President moves with others. Army marches and salutes. Women in traditional dresses smile. The President raises his hat to soldiers.
Molotov, Foreign Minister, welcomes a number of dignitaries at airport and railway station in Moscow, Soviet Union. Dignitaries including representatives of Estonia, Latvia and Czechoslovakia review honor guards and parades.
Events leading to start of World War 2. Contingents of German army troops and black uniformed SS (Schutzstaffel) troops parading past Hitler on reviewing stand in German city. Hitler youth at a rally in a stadium. Hitler addressing an open air assembly, shaking his fist, yelling about the might of Germany in an animated fashion. Women holding signs reading: "Down with War and Fascism," and "Aid the Allies." 1939 edition of the New York Times carries headline about Nazi pact with Soviets and of Estonia giving Moscow air and sea bases. Views of Soviet leaders, Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, and General Boris Mikhailovitch Shaposhnikov, preparing to meet with German foreign minister,Joachim von Ribbentrop. Von Ribbentrop descending from his airplane for the meeting. Scenes of German attack against Poland,September 1, 1939. Vehicles carrying German troops on the move. German Stuka, Ju87 dive bombers peeling off in dives and dropping bombs. German He-111 bomber in flight. Many explosions and collapsing buildings and destruction depicted. Soviet T-26 Twin-Turret Cavalry Tank seen moving through snow as it crosses Polish frontier, on September, 17, 1939. Soviet troops charging into Poland in the snow. The two forces meet in central Poland. Newspaper cartoon of the time shows Hitler and Stalin politely addressing each other in deprecating terms. Soviet icebreaker opening the way for German warships. German submarine making way on the surface, ostensibly from a base in Murmansk, and firing at a surface ship with its deck gun. A French fighter plane spinning towards earth and pilot parachuting. Narrator speaks of French Communists sabotaging electrical systems on the aircraft. The plane burning on the ground. German troops marching along the Champs Elysee, with the Arch of Triumph in background. German troops firing artillery at Soviet forces. Wooden buildings burning. German soldier taking a prisoner.
Animated map shows thrust of German forces during invasion of Soviet Russia in World War 2. Stalingrad is highlighted as a turning point. Another animated map shows Soviet territorial gains at the end of the war, as narrator discusses the disposition of those places and their respective populations, as in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. He also discusses Soviet zones of occupation. Animated map shows "Iron Curtain." Soviet troops on parade. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAG) on display during a parade in 1945. A stadium filled with people in Soviet-occupied East Germany, in 1949. Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck, the first President of the German Democratic Republic, is seen in the stands. Young East German women parade in traditional costumes, clapping their hands, in the stadium. Waterfront scenes show Soviet trade activities with post-war occupied entities. Scenes of conflict as Chinese communist forces expel Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces from the mainland to Formosa, in 1949. A litter-borne casualty and a refugee mother and small girl are seen.