German Chancellor Adolf Hitler reoccupies the Rhineland and denounces the Locarno Pact in 1936. The signing of the Locarno Treaties in London, England in 1925. Officials arrive at the building where the Locarno Treaties are to be signed. Chancellor Hans Luther of Germany affixes his signature to the Locarno Treaty assuring peace to all the principal countries of Europe. At the head of the table in the center are Stanley Baldwin and Sir Austin Chamberlain, leaders of the British Delegation. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles on 7th March 1936 by sending German military forces into the Rhineland, a demilitarized zone along the Rhine River in western Germany. German troops march over the Hohenzollern bridge in Cologne, Germany. The troops march along a road. Cologne Cathedral in the background. A German crowd cheers as the troops parade. Swastika banners hang from buildings. German troops parading in Dusseldorf. The troops on horseback and horse-carriages pass along narrow streets of Dusseldorf. Parading troops are cheered by a crowd in Frankfurt am Main. German troops parade in front of a building during a wreath laying ceremony followed by Chancellor Hitler and other Nazi officials. Newspaper headlines about Hitler denouncing the Locarno Pact. A government minister with press. French Prime Minister Albert Sarraut at a microphone reassures the security of France. Belgium soldiers march along a street.
Nazi propaganda extolling the growth of the Nazi party from 11.55 million in 1933 to 15.7 million in 1936. Remilitarization of Germany in lead up to World War 2. German troops enter the demilitarized zone of the Rheinland (Rhineland) and, as slate suggests, reoccupy their old garrison there. Triumphant scenes of German troops marching into Frankfurt, Karlsruhe, and Cologne, to the enthusiastic cheers of the residents. Hitler and Goering and others in open car as crowds cheer them in Berlin. Hitler on a balcony reviewing a torchlight parade of SA and SS troopers. Brief glimpse of Hermann Goering in civilian clothes. Euphoric crowds greet Hitler on Heroes Memorial Day, March 7, 1936, the same day he ordered German troops into the Rheinland.
An aircraft of the American Overseas Airlines in Frankfurt, Germany. It is on a multi-leg journey carrying 45 former War Correspondents back to Europe for celebrations commemorating the 5th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of World War II. Views of Frankfurt from a moving vehicle, high atop a ridge, looking down at the city, and winery grape fields. Many Frankfurt buildings visible and the Main River running beside the city. Views of some buildings still destroyed from World War II, five years prior. Several negro U.S. Army soldiers beside cars greet the party of former war correspondents. The correspondents meet with a U.S. Army General -- possibly J. Lawton Collins or Thomas Handy. A correspondent looks out from a window at a war-damaged building in the background. A street car with the sign "Nied Hochst" arrives at a stop and civilians get into it. Exterior and interior views of the main train station, the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhof. Some cakes and pastries in a bakery. Correspondents meeting with a local Frankfurt official and his wife. Remains of a largely destroyed church, likely either Saint Bartholomeus's Cathedral (Dom Sankt Bartholomäus) or Katharinenkirche (the Church of St. Katherine). Views of the wrecked exterior and interior of the church. A West German flag draped over an interior balcony. Sign outside the church door indicates "Entrance to the Exhibition" (Eingang zur Ausstellung). A Germany girl selling trinkets at a market cart. German boys and girls in a market square and fair area, possibly Romerberg. Correspondents approach a booth selling cigars and cigarettes. More partially destroyed buildings in Frankfurt. Correspondents boarding a plane at Rhein Main Airbase. View of the airport terminal. Sign on a building reads 'Rhein Main Base Operations. Elev 358'. The correspondents boarding the American Overseas Airlines aircraft, and seated inside the aircraft. Aerial view of the German countryside below. Passengers sleep and relax aboard the airborne aircraft.
Construction of automobile highways in Germany. A scenic view of rivers and palaces. A four lane road network in Frankfurt and Heidelberg. A man checks air pressure in the tires of his car. Farmers working in fields. Vehicles drive past on a road.
Interiors of airship LZ 129 Hindenburg while moored at Lakehurst Naval Air Station. In the reading and writing room, the airship's Captain Ernst Lehman answers questions from an interviewer about their flight to Frankfurt, Germany and future flights planned for the Hindenburg. View of dining room with chairs and tables and open window. In a staged scene, two men look out the observation windows and talk of seeing America outside. A man walks up staircase from B-deck. A little girl is seated on a dining room chair at the observation windows. She smiles, gets up, and demonstrates that the chair is so light that she can pick it up with one hand.
Author Leslie Charteris (1907-1993), a passenger on zeppelin Hindenburg's maiden voyage, talks about his trip from Frankfurt, Germany aboard the airship. He says it is the most natural way to travel across the North Atlantic Ocean.