Germany invades Poland. German soldiers on streets in Gdynia, Poland. The Mayor of Gdynia surrenders to the Commander of the German troop. Soldiers stand in front of food grain sacs. Troops march in the city with rifles in their hands. German battleships fire at Polish enemy and clear the bay of Danzig, Poland.
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)
A film about the Invasion of Poland in 1939 by German Army during World War II. A polish harbor in Gdynia. The poles of sunk ships are laid at the harbor to block the entrance of German warships. The German troops fire an artillery across the harbor. Smoke rises at the harbor due to an explosion. A soldier fires a gun. A German warship at the harbor. The troops fire guns on a deck. Smoke rises due to bombardment. A troop fires a gun in the foreground. A puff of smoke is formed.
Invasion of Poland by Germany during World War II. German troops fire field artillery at targets in Polish port city of Gdynia (Gdingen, in German). Smoke rises from shell fire on buildings. A Polish steamship sunk in the harbor. German battleship SMS Schleswig Holstein fires guns. Black smoke billows rise up from shore.
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.
Ships sheathed with inches of tough ice in Poland's busy harbor of Gdynia. Harbor shut down in Poland due to ice and frozen river. Crew chips ice from the ships.