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.
German troops with rifles and equipment march on a road in Warsaw, Poland. German troops fire tanks. Soldiers fire machine guns from bushy area. Explosions on ground. Soldier looks through binoculars. Mobile German tanks and immobilized Russian tanks.
German aircraft bombing suburbs of Warsaw in Poland. Soldier looks from a bunker. Fleet of German aircraft drops bombs on suburbs of Warsaw. Explosion on two buildings targeted. German aircraft dive bombing. Fire and explosion on ground.
Adolf Hitler stands with members of his staff on a snow covered train station platform in Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland) during World War 2. A train arrives, with icicles clinging to its roof. Romanian military officers render traditional hand salutes (not Nazi salutes) from the train as it pulls into the station. Ion Antonescu, salutes with his Marshal's baton and exchanges greeting with Hitler. He is accompanied by Romanian Foreign Minister, Mihai Antonescu. The two exchange salutes and handshakes with members of Hitler's party. (Mihal gives Nazi salute, but Ion does not.) Hitler walks past and exchanges salutes group of Romanians accompanying Antonescu. (Hitler gives his Nazi salute, but the Romanian officers render traditional hand salute to forehead.) Change of scene, shows Nazi Foreign Minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, escorting Marshal Ion Antonescu and Foreign Minister, Mihai Antonescu, up some stairs to a meeting room.
Film about Denmark after the German occupying force declared martial law and state of war with Denmark, in 1943-44 during World War 2. It was made by Danes and smuggled out of Denmark during that period. Opens with view of a church building and flocks of birds. Views of German army troops marching into Copenhagen, Denmark on 9 April 1940. SS troops dressed in black, marching. German soldiers carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, goosestepping. A fire burning at site sabotaged by Danish resistance elements in 1943. Derailed trains carrying goods to Germany. Fire at a German factory. Danish workers with bicycles staging a strike in protest German measures in response to resistance actions. Danes gathered in outdoor observance memorializing those killed by the Germans. A shop owned by German sympathizers (Quislings) destroyed by other Danes. People gathered on street on 29 August 1943, when the occupying German forces attacked the remaining Danish garrison and declared martial law. Announcement posted in Danish on a wall. View of Danish Naval vessels ordered scuttled by the Danish Admiralty, including the coastal defense ship,Peder-Skram, seen in front of a large building, the submarine, Havfruen (not seen) and others seen sunk at docks in Copenhagen harbor. Bullet hole through a glass window. A week later, on Sunday, 5 September, 1943, a German Panzer light tank is seen moving on a street, as pedestrians go about their business in Copenhagen. German soldiers patrolling on a motorcycle with sidecar. A man holding his hands up as he is hustled through a crowd under arrest by a German in black uniform. Motorcycle driving through pedestrians on the sidewalk. Spectators line a fence by an open field near a building labeled "Badstue Badminton." One, a woman, speaks through the fence to a Danish soldier interned there. View of the quarters of the Royal Guard at Rosenborg, occupied by German soldiers and with Nazi flag flying above it. Civilian relatives of interned men wait outside army headquarters for news about them. A courtyard, during a mass funeral, is filled with memorial flower wreaths covering the coffins of Danish soldiers and civilians killed by the Germans. Camera focuses on a wreath from King Christian of Denmark, among the many others. Two German soldiers march up a path at the Royal Residence Amalienborg, where King Christian is arrested. Views from moving camera as Danish flags are seen flying all over the city of Copenhagen, on 26 September, 1943, to celebrate the King's 73rd Birthday. The major exception is the Nazi Gestapo headquarters in the "Shellhus" (the prewar Shell Oil offices) shown in isolation. Views of people moving their belongings on hand carts after their homes were taken over by Germans. The slogan in English, "Do it well and do it now,"is seen left by Danish resistance fighters where they sabotaged a German military installation.
German aircraft drop leaflets all over the city of Warsaw, during World War 2. They contain the following message (translated from the German): "Soldiers and inhabitants of Warsaw! Poland is occupied. Only the Modlin fortress is resisting. Warsaw is surrounded by German troops.The suburbs are already in our hands. You will be committing a crime if you open this megacity to the fortress." Polish troops still holding out,reject a call to capitulate. Under white flags, foreign diplomats and such are seen leaving Warsaw, past a German barricade. The Warsaw Citadel and surrounding Polish military defenses (Fortress Warsaw) are seen in an aerial reconnaissance photograph. German officers walk in a group along a railway in Poland. Hermann Goering, head of the German Air Forces, consults with his Generals about a bombing campaign against the Polish defense positions. Goering and Adolf Hitler seated in a railroad car with staff officers. Slate alludes to the Polish military commanders making Warsaw into a virtual fortress including an armed civilian population; and if it is not surrendered, the resistance must be broken.
September 25, 1939, shows German fliers readying warplanes for air campaign against Poland. A German pilot in his cockpit. View from German airplane flying over Poland. Beautiful cloud formations in background.