Nazi soldiers at attention with guns drawn in Berlin during World War 2. U.S. soldiers on watch from damaged Berlin building. Man watching Berlin wall with binoculars while sitting in car. Pan American passenger airplane in flight after the war. Pan American passenger reading Time and other magazines. Aerial view of Berlin early 1960s. Pan American plane landing at Tempelhof Airport. Pan American passengers descending to tarmac under sign that reads, "Today Pan American has completed 93153 Transatlantic Crossings" Brandenburg Gate early 1960s. Drive through Brandenburg Gate in the 1920s. Drive through Berlin in the 1920s. Tourist bus flying American flag departs in Berlin 1920s. Berlin University 1920s. Early Nazis driving in Berlin streets. Hitler saluting parade. Hitler addressing Germans. Berlin in ruins Spring 1945 as tanks pass in front of Brandenburg Gate. Old starving woman walks on streets of Berlin amist ruins in 1945. Ruins of Berlin include Reichstag Building during 1945 battle. Women and children emerging from underground Berlin bunker in 1945, to a scene of devastation and rubble in the city. Ground view of the ruined Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche or Gedächtniskirche). Interior of ruined Reichstag Building. Potsdam Conference 1945, Map of WWII Europe. Berlin map, including official Berlin map with signatures showing Zones of Occupation. Germany allied control authority gathering including American, British, and Soviet representatives. French, American, Soviet flags in Germany. Rebuilding of Berlin mostly by women clearing rubble, using shovels, wheelbarrows and cleaning old bricks for reuse. Over crowded train in Germany post-WWII filled with civilian refugees abandoning the cities and heading to the countryside of Germany to resettle.
A review of significant events that occurred in the year 1945. Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn in as President of United States at the White House in January, 1945. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin pose at the Yalta Conference. Death of Roosevelt. Burial procession ceremony of Roosevelt. Men and women weeping. Wreath on his grave. Harry S. Truman swore in as U.S. President. Surrender of the Germans signed by General Jodl and General W.B. Smith in Reims, France. Representatives of Russia, Britain, France and United States at the surrender. General Dwight Eisenhower smiles.
January, 1945, on the Western front during World War 2. Troops of the U.S. 8th Infantry Division test new white camouflage coveralls for use in snow. They patrol in snow covered forest areas on the Western Front. A sergeant makes outdoor field adjustments to the coveralls using a knife and captured German sewing machine. He helps a soldier who tries on his new coverall. The material used is from old mattress covers. Several soldiers are seen putting on the camouflage coveralls. Scene shifts to U.S. troops with a jeep towing a 20mm Italian dual purpose gun for use in Germany. On January 2, 1945, they set up and fire the gun at targets a half mile away. In Belgium, U.S. Army engineers of Company B, 238th Engineer Battalion, improvise remote controlled bazooka shells as road blocks. They set them up on fence posts and fire them by ordinary flashlight batteries. U.S. soldiers from a Signal Company of the 99th Infantry Division are seen using a Weasel vehicle (officially designated an M29C light cargo carrier) to lay communication cables through snow in the 1st Army Sector, Belgium. Views of the wire spool on back of the weasel, and soldiers pulling wire from it.
A review of the events that occurred in the year 1945. The Battle of Bulge between Germans and Allied military. Allied military tanks and soldiers after victory in the battle. Soldiers smoke cigarettes. Destroyed and burnt U.S. Army tank and jeeps. British Army troops advance in trucks, towards Normandy. Infantrymen walk across farms towards the enemy. Fleet of bombers airplanes of the Allies fly on a mission. The tank units advance across farmlands. Soviet forces greet American officers.
American aircraft in flight strafing woods. Aircraft strafes a vehicle on road. Explosion on road. Aircraft strafing small factories and clusters of buildings, in 1945 near the end of World War II in Europe.
Opening scene shows local German citizens chatting in small groups near a city street on the day World War 2, in Europe, ends. Next, American soldiers are seen standing beside a road as a German soldier on a motorcycle leads a truck filled with unarmed German soldiers. Another truck drives behind. Scene shifts to a long line of such trucks carrying German soldiers. Several open trucks, filled with German soldiers, ride past the camera. A Sd.Kfz. 8 halftrack filled with German soldiers pauses a while in front of the camera. Several other vehicles pass, followed a pair of German soldiers driving by a horse-drawn covered wagon. German soldiers assembled in loose formation on the edge of a large lawn. Discarded military equipment is on the ground nearby. Two German officers stand in front of the formation. One is giving instructions. Meanwhile, American soldiers begin to examine the arms and equipment on the ground nearby. Closeup of the German officers as the one is giving instructions to the formation of troops.