The German attack on Poland, at Danzig (Gdansk) triggering World War 2. Views of German artillery firing at buildings across a stretch of water. German artilleryman looking through periscopic binoculars. Smoke rising from the shelling. German troops firing machine guns. German battleship Schleswig-Holstein is seen bombarding Polish army defenses at Westerplatte. (The battleship had entered the harbor and anchored off Westerplatte, in August, under the false pretense of a friendly visit.) Columns of smoke rising from fires started by the shelling. German troops advancing toward Gdynia in armored cars and trucks. A german officer on horseback. A German soldier on a motorcycle. Two German Panzer II tanks moving down a muddy slope. Army vehicles on wet roads and infantry making their way across a shallow streams. Infantry marching along a road. Closeups of the German soldiers as they pass the camera. Officers in a staff car. View from a height of smoke rising from fires on the ground in distance, mixing with cumulus clouds above. (Note: some English narrative begins late in the film, around TC: 00:58)
View from the waterfront pier, of the German Battleship, SMS Schleswig Holstein, firing its 150mm and 290mm guns point blank at the Polish Westerplatte defenses, on September 1, 1939, as Germany precipitated World War 2. Views from the Schleswig Holstein, where her Captain, Gustav Kleikamp, is seen observing the effects through binoculars,at timecode 00:20. Following these bombardment scenes, film shifts to Polish tanks (Vickers?) moving out of woods. Sequence shifts again to amphibious tanks moving through water and climbing onto shore.
Germany invades Poland in 1939. Adolf Hitler addresses the Reichtag in Kroll Opera House, Berlin. . Axis soldiers marching (these appear to be Italian). Aerial view of the soldiers marching in formation. Airplanes flying in formation over a city. Polish city of Gdansk before the invasion. People walking on the streets. German sailors on destroyers underway at sea. German sailors firing deck gun mounted a submarine. Polish infantry and cavalry rally to the defense of their homeland. German troops using flame throwers. Smoke arises due to bombardment. German troops firing 77mm field artillery at a bridge. Dragons Teeth seen on the Siegfried Line. Shot of Mussolini giving speech . (Note: Almost no sound .)
A formation of German JU-87 Stuka dive bombers en route to attack Polish forces at Westerplatte peninsula in Gdansk, Poland, during World War 2. Alternating scenes of the Stukas in flight and views of the ground as they approach Westerplatte. View from inside a Stuka as it commences dive over the target. Smoke rising from exploding bombs on the ground. Sequence shifts to several JU-87s landing at their home field. German soldiers stripped to the waist lift bombs and carry them to the aircraft. Several more Stukas landing. Then a Stuka is seen flying over the field, with no landing gear visible. (Some Stukas were fitted with explosive charges to jettison the gear in emergency.) The pilot makes a successful belly landing, although the aircraft sustains considerable damage. German fliers gather around the JU-87 and examine it and converse. (It appears that the aircraft may have suffered some battle damage, as well.) Fliers look over photographs of their next target, while armorers move a heavy bomb to an aircraft with the aid of a dolley lift. Groups of ground crew carry smaller bombs. Several men together lift a bomb under a wing. An aircraft is refueled, and hand cranked to start, and takes off. A Stuka in flight, and view from the rear seat, of the pilot and his cockpit bomb sight. Slow motion view from aircraft as it dives toward a rail marshaling yard and pulls out upon release of its bomb. It flies through smoke from exploding bombs. View as it begins to strafe a column of Polish military vehicles at low altitude.
German Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, visits Gdansk (Danzig), Poland during German occupation in World War II. Nazi flag flies from Neptune's Fountain of the Long Market. Hitler rides in a car along a street and waves to the crowd. Crowd cheers him.
Flashbacks of Nazi activities during World War II presented during Nuremberg Trials. Chief prosecutor from Great Britain, Hartley Shawcross, presents Count No 2, Crimes Against Peace, meaning wars of aggression in violation of international treaties and agreements. Lieutenant Colonel Schumt relates Adolf Hitler's plans to occupy Poland. View of a truck and uniformed Germans marching and agitating in Poland to advocate annexation by Germany (under Albert Forster). On August 23, 1939, Joseph Stalin and Joachim von Ribbentrop sign Russian-German non-aggression pact. Flashback view of convoy of German tanks moving near farm fields toward Poland. View of Pope Pius XII and then Franklin Delano Roosevelt appealling to Germany not to attack Poland or other sovereign nations. Raucous laughter in Reichstag as Hitler addresses German leaders and describes the appeal by Roosevelt. September 1, 1939, scenes of German troops invading Poland as Luftwaffe begins mass bombing raid. Artillery guns fire, troops in jeeps, personnel carriers, and motorcycles stream into Poland. Aerial view of Luftwaffe aircraft in formation approaching Poland and bombing Polish cities. Bombs away view as bombs fall from aircraft to ground and explosions and smoke seen on ground in Poland. City buildings in Poland seen in flames and crumbling to the ground. Line of German Wehrmacht Army forces marching on roadways into invaded territory. German Army seen invading Denmark on April 9, 1940. German sailors aboard fast moving German ship. German army soldiers aiming machine guns. Camera view of German tank as tank gun is lowered directly toward camera. German forces occupy a North Sea dock area of coastal Denmark, German tanks and vehicles drive on streets and sidewalks in Denmark as Danish citizens run and leap out of the way. Danish citizens stand quietly along sides of a road as German Army marches into a city of Denmark.