Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and others as Italy joins Germany in declaring war against Britain and France June 10, 1940. Animated map illustrates possible Axis war plans. Aerial view of Maginot line. Fire burning from German bombing in Scandinavia. Windmill turning in Holland.Map outlines Allied strategy for defense. Views of the Ardennes Forest. French Generals examining map. British Field Marshal John Vereker (Viscount Gort) studying map with two Generals.Narrator states they dismissed German attack through the Ardennes. May 9, 1940,News headline reports German troops on move. Netherlands and French troops mobilizing. Recruits board trains. Exterior of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) at Montmartre, Paris. People lighting candles. Statue of Madonna and Child. Views of several churches. A Catholic Bishop blessing people. People kneeling in prayer. Hitler and other Nazi leaders, including Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, Hess and Rohm, haranguing crowds. Hermann Goering leading crowd in salutes. Ludwig Muller, Reichsbischof, Hitler supporter. Many views of Germans shouting Sieg Heil. German troops moving out on May 10, 1940. Hermann Goering, chief of Luftwaffe, in uniform. German pilots run to airplanes. Ju-87 Stukas take off. D0-17 bombers take off. German tanks, motorcycle troops, armor and infantry cross borders of Luxembourg, Belgium, and Holland. Map depicts action. German forces destroy obstacles at border crossings and move past windmill in Holland.He-111 bombers in flight. German paratroops jump from Ju-52 transport over Rotterdam. They capture key facilities. Troops riding on tanks. Dutch General Henri Gerard Winkelman walks with German officer over Maas-bridges in Rotterdam. He and delegation enter building at Rijsoord to sign surrender on May 15, 1940. German bombers destroy Rotterdam. View of German bomber bomb bay doors open and bombs away toward targets. The city in flames, with sound. Remains of the city. Numerous dead civilians.
'50 Years of Cinematography' depicts the role of military and news cameramen during World War II. Germany starts the War. Invasion of Poland in 1939: German Nazi Luftwaffe bombers in flight over Warsaw. Explosions due to the bombardment. Burning and damaged buildings in the war torn city. Civilians amidst rubble and ruins. Soldiers and civilians look at corpses on a sidewalk. A woman with her child cries. A man walks on a street. Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940: Allied troops evacuated from the Dunkirk coast. Allied troops on ships. Smoke rises from a ship under German attack. Soldiers wade through the water towards waiting ships. Burning ships. The Second Armistice at Compiegne after the German victory in the Battle of France, 1940: German troops stand at attention. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, President of the Reichstag Hermann Goering, German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel and other German officers arrive at the venue. The leaders and officers walk past the soldiers at attention. Hitler gives the Nazi salute. The Blitz, London in 1940-1941: Bomb damaged buildings. Cars and pedestrians amidst ruins and rubble on the streets. A train over a collapsed wall. Civilians in a horse cart. A wrecked bus in a damaged building. Rescue workers among the rubble. Clouds over the city.
View of the treaty between Germany and Norway assuring friendly relations between the two. The treaty breached on April 9th, 1940, Germany invades Norway during World War II. German paratroopers jump from Luftwaffe aircraft into Norway. Aerial and ground views as German fighter aircraft strafe and bomb cities in Norway. Scenes of fire and destruction on streets in Norway as people run in streets seeking shelter. People flee on streets. Women and children, elderly, and various citizens quickly load into back of a truck to be driven to safety. Nazi troops march on the streets of Norway in World War 2.
View of the Peace Treaty between Germany and Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, signed on 6th October 1939. The treaty breached on May 10th, 1940, Germany launched a massive attack on the above mentioned countries. Scenes of fire and destruction as aerial bombing by Luftwaffe leaves devastation in Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg. Nazi troops take over the cities. German troops marching at night while buildings in the target cities burn in the background.
Anachronistic mixture of scenes from Germany, circa 1935, Italy, circa 1915, and World War 2. Opening sequence shows Waffen SS troops goosestepping on parade in Nuremberg,Bavaria, circa 1935. Then a scene is inserted of Italian Generalissimo Luigi Cadorna, Chief of Staff, Italian Army, in World War 1, who salutes while reviewing troops. This is followed by scenes of grim-faced civilians watching German forces occupy their countries in World War II. Finally a radio tower and antenna are shown.
The signing of the Military-Economic Alliance by Germany, Italy and Japan in Berlin, Germany on 27th September, 1940. Hitler welcomes delegates at the signing of the Germany-Italy-Japan alliance. A group of men led by Foreign Minister of Germany Joachim von Ribbentrop, Italian Minster of Foreign Affairs Galeazzo Ciano and Japanese delegates strides down a long, wide corridor. Same men come into a conference room. Ciano stands at a conference table. The others file in. A close up of German officers. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler comes into the room, salutes and is saluted. Hitler approaches Ciano, shakes hand, then approaches Japanese delegates. Hitler, Ciano and Japanese career diplomat Saburo Kurusu at the table with their aides standing behind them. A close up of Ribbentrop as he signs the document followed by Ciano and Kurusu. Hitler and the delegates leave the table. Hitler at the Chancellery window receives cheers of a crowd. Hitler salutes at the window and leaves the balcony