The Second Armistice at Compiegne is signed between Nazi Germany and France at Compiegne, France on 22th June, 1940 during World War II. Seen are German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and German officers, including Deputy Fuhrer, Rudolf Hess; General Wilhelm Keitel; German Foreign Minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop; strolling past German Army honor guards on their way to railway carriage number 2419D, in which the First Armistice in World War I was signed. (Hitler had it removed from the museum where it had been stored, and brought to this location) A band plays the German National Anthem. French General Charles Huntziger, head of the French delegation, and Rear Admiral Maurice R. Leluc enter the railway carriage. Huntziger, Leluc, and French Ambassador Leon Noel are seen seated int the carriage. Huntziger signs the armistice document. General Wilhelm Keitel presents the document to Hitler, outside the train. He gives Hitler a pen, which they drop and pick up again, and Hitler signs. General Huntziger, Ambassador Noel, and Admiral Leluc leave the rail car. Hitler stretches his arms gleefully, rubs his stomach and kicks ups his heels.
'50 Years of Cinematography' depicts the role of military and news cameramen during World War II. Germany starts the War. Invasion of Poland in 1939: German Nazi Luftwaffe bombers in flight over Warsaw. Explosions due to the bombardment. Burning and damaged buildings in the war torn city. Civilians amidst rubble and ruins. Soldiers and civilians look at corpses on a sidewalk. A woman with her child cries. A man walks on a street. Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940: Allied troops evacuated from the Dunkirk coast. Allied troops on ships. Smoke rises from a ship under German attack. Soldiers wade through the water towards waiting ships. Burning ships. The Second Armistice at Compiegne after the German victory in the Battle of France, 1940: German troops stand at attention. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, President of the Reichstag Hermann Goering, German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel and other German officers arrive at the venue. The leaders and officers walk past the soldiers at attention. Hitler gives the Nazi salute. The Blitz, London in 1940-1941: Bomb damaged buildings. Cars and pedestrians amidst ruins and rubble on the streets. A train over a collapsed wall. Civilians in a horse cart. A wrecked bus in a damaged building. Rescue workers among the rubble. Clouds over the city.
Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and others as Italy joins Germany in declaring war against Britain and France June 10, 1940. Animated map illustrates possible Axis war plans. Aerial view of Maginot line. Fire burning from German bombing in Scandinavia. Windmill turning in Holland.Map outlines Allied strategy for defense. Views of the Ardennes Forest. French Generals examining map. British Field Marshal John Vereker (Viscount Gort) studying map with two Generals.Narrator states they dismissed German attack through the Ardennes. May 9, 1940,News headline reports German troops on move. Netherlands and French troops mobilizing. Recruits board trains. Exterior of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) at Montmartre, Paris. People lighting candles. Statue of Madonna and Child. Views of several churches. A Catholic Bishop blessing people. People kneeling in prayer. Hitler and other Nazi leaders, including Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, Hess and Rohm, haranguing crowds. Hermann Goering leading crowd in salutes. Ludwig Muller, Reichsbischof, Hitler supporter. Many views of Germans shouting Sieg Heil. German troops moving out on May 10, 1940. Hermann Goering, chief of Luftwaffe, in uniform. German pilots run to airplanes. Ju-87 Stukas take off. D0-17 bombers take off. German tanks, motorcycle troops, armor and infantry cross borders of Luxembourg, Belgium, and Holland. Map depicts action. German forces destroy obstacles at border crossings and move past windmill in Holland.He-111 bombers in flight. German paratroops jump from Ju-52 transport over Rotterdam. They capture key facilities. Troops riding on tanks. Dutch General Henri Gerard Winkelman walks with German officer over Maas-bridges in Rotterdam. He and delegation enter building at Rijsoord to sign surrender on May 15, 1940. German bombers destroy Rotterdam. View of German bomber bomb bay doors open and bombs away toward targets. The city in flames, with sound. Remains of the city. Numerous dead civilians.
Views of Paris prior to World War II. The Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Arch of Triumph). The Tuileries gardens (Jardins des Tuileries) with bed of tulips in full bloom in foreground. The Eiffel Tower (la tour Eiffel). The fountain of River Commerce and Navigation at the Place de la Concord, Paris, with the Madeleine church (L'église de la Madeleine) directly behind, the Hotel de Crillon,barely seen at left, and its twin building, the French Naval Ministry, opposite, on the Rue Royale. People strolling and shopping on the Boulevard Haussmann. Awning of Les Deux Magots café and patrons seated at tables outside, in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris. People relaxing in the Tuileries gardens, with Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Musée du Louvre in background. An artist at work, seated at a bench in the foreground. The west facade of Notre Dame Cathedral. Parisians looking at posters, reading in parks, visiting bookstores. Sign directing visitors to the Congres des Ecrivains (Congress of Writers) held at Maison de la Mutualité conference center at 24 Rue Saint-Victor, 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.in June, 1935. Several writers seated at a table with others standing around. Closeup of three. Closeup of British writer, Aldous Huxley, wearing eyeglasses. Two writers conversing. Scene shifts to Paris at night. Traffic on streets. Illuminated sign at Moulin Rouge cinema, topped with illuminated arms of a windmill. Sign of nightclub, Le Rat Mort, in Place Pigalle. Interior of a Paris nightclub with sophisticated clientele. French entertainer playing a guitar. An official posting an announcement called "Counseil de Revision," calling for conscription of citizens for military service. Parisians preparing defenses in the city, in front of the Eiffel Tower. Man deep in a trench preparing a shelter. Men carrying sandbags up a ladder to protect a national monument. Copy of the New York Times newspaper annnouncing the German attack on Poland. Copy of New York Daily News announcing fall of Holland. The New York World-Telegram paper announcing capitulation of France. German Panzer II tanks and motorcycle troops entering Paris. German infantry marching through the Arch of Triumph, on the Champs-Élysées. A Frenchman wiping his eyes as he watches the occupying troops. Hermann Goering with other officers riding in an open car along a Paris street. Closeup of Arch of Triumph. Adolf Hitler, accopanied by staff, looking at the Eiffel Tower. Nazi flag flying from the tower. Closeup of Hitler looking around. The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in Academic garb, at the University of Virginia commencement ceremony, in Memorial Gymnasium, on June 10, 1940. (FDR's son Franklin Jr. was among the graduates assembled, from the UVA Law School). Roosevelt expresses American sympathy and support for nations invaded by the Nazis. American street scene. Women preparing gifts intended for France. A poster showing a French soldier, entitled: "Le Paquet Au Front." American draftees in training at an army post in the U.S. Smoke billowing from American industrial facilities. Workers at an American shipyard. View of warships under construction at the yard. A Huge gun barrel being moved on special rail dollies, in a U.S. arms factory. U.S. Navy F4U Corsair Production Line during World War II. M3 Lee medium tanks being manufactured in U.S. factory. Closeup of finished one being transported via transverse crane. M4 Sherman tanks moving on flat rail cars. A speeding steam locomotive pulling freight cars. Martin PBM-5 Mariner in flight over an Atlantic convoy carrying war materiel to the United Kingdom. Sailor wearing headset, standing near depth charges at stern of a ship. British Naval Ensign flying from mast of a ship.
Film opens with date: 10 May 1940 (date of the German invasion of Luxembourg, Holland, and Belgium, in World War 2). Huge precise formation of German soldiers is shown. Alternating closeups of individual soldiers and camera pans across the formation. Animated map shows Germany, Belgium, France and Holland, plus Rein River, City of Lille, and Paris. It shows positions of English and French armies, ostensibly attacking from France, across Belgium and Holland, toward the German Ruhr region (but actually moving to repulse the German offensive). Belgian troops advancing on motorcycles past sandbagged buildings. The French border being opened followed by many French military vehicles, including trucks, trailers, artillery pieces, and some French Lorraine 37 tracked vehicles. A steam locomotive pulls a boxcar troop train. Many of the Allied soldiers sit in its doorways with their legs dangling. A French Char B1 heavy tank rumbles along a road. French light tanks. More views of Allied troops, including French Colonials, marching through towns and villages.
Closeup of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force, General the Vicount Lord Gort, with another British Commander.British troops in armored personnel carriers. British troops marching as someone is hear singing in background, about "washing day on the Siegfried line." Several British self-propelled heavy guns in motion. German army engineers detonating a charge followed by large explosions.
During final phase of the first Battle of France ,in World War 2, while the British Expeditionary Force was evacuating at Dunkirk, Adolf Hitler decides to visit troops at the front. He is seen riding in an open car with military staff, from German Army Group A's headquarters at Charleville, France. They drive through war-torn area of Ypres, Belgium. View of the Ypres Cloth Hall and Cathedral of St. Martin. Hitler and entourage walking through the damaged Menin Gate (Memorial of World War I). Closeup of Hitler conferring with General Walter von Reichenau, Commander of the German 6th Army. He reviews troops, waves to the gathered soldiers. Soldiers give a Nazi salute. Hitler eats with other officers and soldiers at a field kitchen. He stands and waves from the car while departing. Soldiers cheer and wave. Hitler visits a WWI German cemetery at Langemark. He is greeted by soldiers upon entry. He pays his respects. Soldiers on guard along the cemetery border.