German and Finnish military forces retreating in Finland. German military trucks and carts move along a road. Rail tracks and rail cars loaded with luggage and belongings of Finnish citizens retreating as the Soviet forces advance in Finland. The rail station at Kemijarvi Finland and the rail yard piled high with personal belongings of Finnish citizens fleeing. A train laden with belongings of fleeing Finnish refugees. Trucks and troops go on a road. Smoke rises from background.
German soldiers prepare for battle with Russia on the Finnish Front. A map of the Finnish Front. Troops march, do construction work, and push carriages loaded with baggage. Soldiers cross a river in boats and on barges. They rest, sleep, and wave to soldiers on the river bank. Horses on a raft. Soldiers get off boats and barges at the bank. A Hitler Youth courier brushes and saddles a horse. He climbs over another boy to get onto the horse. A man gives him a courier for delivery, and the boy rides off. He greets his family at home. Soldiers in trenches keep a watch. A soldier sends a radio message. A few load and fire artillery on Russian targets. Black and white smoke from explosion in a field.
German coastal defenses in Europe during World War 2. A map of Finland and Sweden. A map southward toward France and depiction of Atlantic Wall running Dutch, Belgium, and French coast facing the English Channel. Artillery and gun emplacements and fortifications along Atlantic Wall in Europe. A German soldier standing atop a fortification bunker looks through binoculars out across the English Channel. Laborers (forced laborers) construct German coastal defenses at a beach. Concrete being mixed and poured and workers build the coastal defense reinforced concrete pillboxes. Massive guns and artillery being raised at the Atlantic Wall coastal defenses. The barrel of a large gun.
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.
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.
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.