German troops advance on the Eastern Front during World War 2. Russians employ scorched earth policy . Oil tanks ablaze and dams and structures blown up. Germans lay siege to Stalingrad. A Soviet troops in urban combat in Stalingrad. A German soldier is shot and falls. Views of awful destruction. Animated map showing Leningrad and the Gulf of Finland and Lake Ladoga on either side. Views of Leningrad in snow. Citizens bundled against the cold, walk near historic structures. Food being distributed. Soviet troops in defensive positions. Animated map shows outbreak of Soviet forces in pincer movement that surrounds the German 6th Army. Two Soviet armies meet as they close the pincer. German Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus surrendering to Soviet forces on 31 January 1943. Troops of the German 6th Army make their way through the snow as they surrender. Battlefield cemetery, with markers of German soldier's graves. Numerous Soviet citizens, victims of the fighting, seen lying in the snow, as relatives grieve. Scene shifts to the Pacific theater with view of Japanese bombers flying over an installation flying the Rising Sun flag. Scenes of the Pearl Harbor attack. American workers fill yard near a war plant during shift change. Defense industry workers in the plants. Liberty ships being launched. American forces in amphibious assaults. U.S. forces engaged in North Africa and on Pacific islands. American soldiers at battlefield gravesite. General Dwight D. Eisenhower with General Omar Bradley and Allied military leaders, look over a map of Europe, following the June 6th invasion in Normandy. Fields filled with Sherman tanks and other war materiel, in England. The wing of an American airplane in D-day stripes as it takes off. Views from cockpit of an American bomber striking targets on D-day. B-17 bombers in formation at high altitude, leaving condensation trails in the sky. Pilots in cockpit of an American bomber, as they drop bombs. Allied fighters in D-day stripes peeling off to attack. Gun camera views of fighters strafing German targets. Explosions and fires.
A map shows Finland and adjoining areas. Ski troops and horses advance through snow in Finland. Soldiers on skis. Supplies and equipment loaded on horses. Soldiers in winter uniforms. Soldiers with rifles push an artillery gun. They fire artillery and mortars. Soldiers in bunkers, move through a tunnel. Machine guns fired. Dead bodies lying in the snow. A wounded comrade carried and pulled along on a stretcher.
Film opens with a map of Europe showing black-shaded region of the Soviet Union, and pointing out Germany and Finland. Next, are shown moving images of rural buildings on fire in Finland, late in 1939, during the Russo-Finish war. (The Narrator comments that Finland's population was only 4 million while that of the soviets was 180 million.) Soviet bombers are seen high in the sky. A lone woman hurries along a street in Helsinki, Finland, past rubble of a bombed building. Smoke rises in the background. Finish fire fighters man a hose to fight numerous huge fires in Helsinki.Various views of fires blazing in the capital.
View of Red Army parading in Moscow. General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin waves at the marching troops. Map of Finland. Finland during the early days of the Winter War of 1939-40. President Kallio of Finland seated at table during a conference. He bangs a gavel. Traffic moves through the streets of Helsinki. Finnish civilians fleeing Helsinki at a railway station. Finnish civilian men mobilizing. Aircraft in flight. Paratroopers descend and advance on ground. Tanks move on a field. Soldiers riding horse carts beside a railroad track. They fire artillery. Soldiers advance through snow covered terrain in Finland wearing skis.
World High Ski Jump Championship in Lahti, Finland. Finland's jumper jumps and slips while landing. A German jumper comes at the fourth position. Another German jumper Helmut Recknagel occupies the third position. Juhani Karkinen of Finland jumps for the first position. An advertisement about the telecast of the Academy Awards.
Gernan involvement in Russo-Finnish war during World War II. Opening scene shows map with arrows indicating movement of German forces from Norway, into Finland to help them defend against the Soviets. A sign wreathed in greenery, at the border,reads Finnland (in German) and Suomi (in Finnish). (Narrator says Finland is no more alone.) Next, a German soldier moves a barrier at the border and German troops on motorcycles, led by a staff car, begin crossing into Finland. They cross a bridge over water. A long line of German trucks, cars and motorcycles moves along a country road. One motorcycle, with sidecar, stops and the two German soldier occupants examine a sign marking the Arctic Circle. A steam locomotive pulling a train leaves a Finnish railroad station. Views from aboard the train as local Finns wave at German soldiers who look out the train windows. Change of scene shows German infantry wading through some snow, (Other places are dry.) They are moving forward and taking up firing positions. Closeup of a German soldier firing his rifle. German gun crew firing a a 7.92mm MG37(t) machine gun. Closeup of the gun firing. German soldiers firing a mortar and the shell exploding in the distance. Closeup of another German gun crew firing an MG37 machine gun. (They are probably from the 6th SS Mountain Division Nord.) Shells exploding as German infantry run forward through light brush. Another 3-man German machine gun crew viewed from behind as they fire their weapon.