This film is a scattering montage of World War 2 scenes from 1939 through 1945. Part of an agreement between Nazi Germany and Yugoslavia is shown in English. It is dated June 1, 1939 and ostensibly signed by Adolf Hitler. Next, German Ju 87, Stuka dive bombers are shown peeling off from formation, on April 6, 1941, to attack Yugoslavia. Bombs bursting on the ground. Closeup of a Stuka airplane in a dive, making its characteristic whine, and dropping bombs. Bombs exploding just outside some concrete walls. German infantry running along railroad tracks and entering backyard of house in a village. German soldiers observing from overlooking hill; climbing over rubble; and marching along a road toward a village. Animated map showing German invasion areas early in World War II, extending through most of Europe and into Norway, by 1941. Animated map shows further invasions into France, Belgium, low countries, the Balkans, and Eastern front towards the Soviet Union. Map highlights Tokyo, Rome, and Berlin. Delegations walking in hall of building in Berlin, to sign Tripartite pact, on September 27, 1940. The group is led by by Count Galeazzo Ciano (Italian Foreign Minister, and Mussolini's son-in-law); Joachim von Ribbentrop, Germany's Foreign Minister and Japan’s Ambassador Saburō Kurusu. The diplomats are seen, next, standing near a table as Adolf Hitler enters rendering Nazi salute. He shakes hands with Count Ciano and Ambassador Kurusu. Hitler is seated to watch the proceedings. Von Ribbontrop is seen signing for Germany. Next scenes show German armored units heading East in Operation Barbarossa (June of 1941). A sign identifies the town of Eydtkau (Eydtkuhnen) on the German-Lithuanian border. German armor and artillery moving eastward. German troops destroying international crossing barriers. German troops firing siege guns. Montage with glimpses of German battle scenes showing tanks, guns, rockets in action with attendant explosions, fires, and destruction. Formations of German warplanes in flight, including Junkers Ju-52s that carry troops, including paratroops. View from above of Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers in formation. View of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England (which miraculously survived the Blitz). The Tower Bridge in London, seen through a haze. German Junkers 87 Stuka dive bombers peeling off from formation to attack. British anti-aircraft searchlights shining beams skyward. Diving bombers illuminated by the lights. Anti-aircraft guns firing. Nighttime scenes showing gunfire flashes, explosions, tracer bullets and fires in London. British fire brigades fighting fires in London buildings as some collapse from the German bombing during the so-called "Blitz." Scene shifts to Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, as a Japanese bomb explodes on a U.S. Navy warship. The USS Arizona billowing smoke and listing as it succumbs to Japanese bombing. Another view of the Arizona sinking. Smoke rising from Battleship Row, at Pearl Harbor. Glimpse of postwar Nuremberg trial.
Series 'Why We Fight' episode "Prelude to War" depicts the battles during World War II. United States soldiers parade on street lead by a band. Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.December 7, 1941. The London Blitz with buildings destroyed and burning. The Eiffel Tower in Paris with Nazi flag flying atop it. German troops marching into Paris, through the Arch of Triumph. Japanese warplanes bombing shanghai, China, in 1937. Chinese residents running for shelter. Glimpse of German "Schwerer Gustav" 80 cmrailway gun firing during German offensive against Soviet Union in 1941. German forces entering Czechoslovakia in 1938. German mounted troops entering France in 1940. Heavy guns firing. German ships en route to Norway 1940. German Ju-52 aircraft flying low over trees. Montage showing rapid succession of war scenes, including heavy guns firing, smoke rising, explosions, an aircraft shot down and crashing straight down, German armor on the move, German Ju-52 aircraft dropping paratroopers into Holland and one flying over Athens, Greece, with Mount Lykabettus in the background. More of the same with Narrator mentioning Belgium, Albania, Yugoslavia, and Russia (where citizens are seen digging anti-tank trenches and fortifications). Cavalry charging across a field. A German tank rolling forward. A German Dornier Do-17 bomber taking off, and bombs falling.
German attacks on other nations during World War 2. A sign reads 'Belgique' near a building. Germans in Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and France. German soldiers on tanks and other military vehicles as they advance in blitzkrieg (lightning war).. They advance through the Dutch farmlands. German Ju-52 planes fly in formation and drop paratroopers. The destruction of Rottterdam by heavy German bombardment. People bury their dead at cemetery.. French refugees leave their cities. Adolf Hitler looks at the Eiffel tower in Paris, with other German officials, during occupation of France. Aerial view of the city. German bombers attack London, England (the blitz). Shattered equipment on the ground and destroyed buildings. Hitler observes the German Western Wall defenses. The battle and Allied evacuation of Dunkirk. White cliffs of Dover Sea shore in view. Map depicts German positions. The Battle of Britain. British spitfire planes attack German bombers. Children being evacuated from London and Paris. Firing and bombardment at night during blitzkrieg. Rubble being cleared. British men and women working in munitions and aircraft factories. Hitler and Goering with others in the railroad carriage where French authorities surrender at Compiegne in June, 1940. German forces attacking the Soviet Union, with tanks, infantry and warplanes, in Operation Barbarossa, on June 22, 1941.The mobilization of Soviet defense forces.
Adolf Hitler in a meeting with Philippe Petain in Montoire, and then with Francisco Franco in Hendaye France. Soldiers stand in lines. Philippe Petain gets out of a car in Montoire-sur-le-Loir. Pierre Laval beside him. Petain exchanging salutes with German officers. Cameramen take photographs. Petain shakes hands with Adolf Hitler. Scene changes to Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering relaxing and laughing as they ride in Hitler's train car. A sign reads Hendaye, the train's next stop. A bridge in view. A train arrives. 'Espana' written on train. A crowd gathered at the station. Adolf Hitler stands at the station and greets Francisco Franco. Both men walk on the station. Nazi flags hung. They board Hitler's train and pull dark curtain down over window of the meeting room on the train. (Opening slate states 1941, but that is incorrect. This event was October 24, 1940).
After successfully mediating an armistice between French forces in Indochina and Thailand, during World War II, Japan facilitates the signing of a Peace Treaty between Vichy France and Thailand. Cars carrying diplomats enter gates of the Japanese prime minister's official residence. Views of the Treaty being signed in the Great Hall. Japanese, Thai, and French officials are seen at a conference table, signing the Peace Treaty documents, on May 9 1941. Japanese Foreign Minister Yousuke Matsuoka delivers a congratulatory address following the signing of the Treaty. Officials have drinks. A Vichy French official speaks. Thai official speaks before microphone.
German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. German troops advance into the Soviet Union. Animated map depicts the German advance. A newspaper headline about the Soviet defeat against the Germans. German tanks roll across a field and explosions occur. A map depicts the extent of German advance into the Soviet Union. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler makes a victory speech on October 3, 1941. A map depicts Soviet territory under German occupation. Wrecked Soviet equipment. Officers at a map. Animated map depicts German strategy of invasion. German strategy employed during the invasion of Poland, France and Yugoslavia. Animation depicts Soviet strategy of facing an aggression. German troops advance. Tanks roll and artillery being fired. Soldiers fight in the streets of a city. A building on fire.