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Theater performances in Berlin, Germany in 1941, during World War II

Women Dancers perform as part of a stage production in Berlin, Germany, 1941, during World War 2. Scene shifts to a concert hall, where a German General and other officers are in front row seats applauding the conductor who is treated as a maestro. He speaks to them from the orchestra pit. Closeup of the maestro as he begins conducting the orchestra, presumably accompanying actors/singers on stage (unseen). Glimpse of audience reveals many German military officers and civilian men and women. After the performance, the maestro escorts a woman and a man onto the stage, which is set for the just concluded performance. The maestro bows slightly. The next scene is still onstage and a civilian man joins the two performers just seen along with a young military officer in a white uniform (possibly a Kriegsmarine officer). Another woman joins them. She also greets the maestro. A large basket of flowers sits in their midst. Finally the young Kriegsmarine officer shakes hands with the maestro..

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 59 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Tripartite (Axis) Pact signed between Germany, Italy and Japan; Nazi German invasion attacks in Yugoslavia, Russia, England

Nazi crimes against the nations of the world during World War II. View of the Peace Treaty between Germany and Yugoslavia which was signed on 1st June, 1939. The treaty breached on 6th April 1941, Germany launched a massive attack on Yugoslavia. German troops attack and advance. A map shows that most of the Europe was in the hands of Germany by 1941. View of September 27, 1940 signing ceremonies in Berlin of the Tripartite (Axis) Pact between Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. Hitler and axis leaders shake hands and pose at pact signing table. Joachim von Ribbentrop signing the Axis Pact. Scene of German tank treads close-up rolling over battlefield and wider view of German armor and troops in June 1941 invading Russia, in violation of their non-agression pact. Nazi forces enter Russian territory. Wehrmacht forces setup and fire artillery at Russia. German rocket launchers fire rockets at Russian targets. Ground and aerial views of formations of German Luftwaffe aircraft on bombing runs. Between August-September 1941, Luftwaffe conducts blitzkrieg raids (blitz) on Great Britain. View of British landmarks like St Paul's Cathedral dome and Tower Bridge. Aerial views as Luftwaffe fighter aircraft roll and dive toward targets. British spotlights and search lights on the ground sweeping and catching German aircraft in their light beams. British anti aircraft batteries open fire on German planes over England. Alternating views of German plane point of view bombing England with bright flashes of light and explosions on the ground, and British anti-aircraft fire filling the air. Ground views in England, United Kingdom of buildings on fire from London blitz bombing, and British fire fighters moving to deploy fire hoses and extinguish fires. Flaming buildings collapse from bombs and fire. Whole blocks of buildings on fire. Scene change to December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. U.S. Navy ships bombed and on fire in Pearl Harbor.

Date: 1941
Duration: 4 min 32 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Tripartite Pact signed by Germany, Italy and Japan in Berlin, Germany. Ensuing attacks by Germany and Japan in World War II

This film is a scattering montage of World War 2 scenes from 1939 through 1945. Part of an agreement between Nazi Germany and Yugoslavia is shown in English. It is dated June 1, 1939 and ostensibly signed by Adolf Hitler. Next, German Ju 87, Stuka dive bombers are shown peeling off from formation, on April 6, 1941, to attack Yugoslavia. Bombs bursting on the ground. Closeup of a Stuka airplane in a dive, making its characteristic whine, and dropping bombs. Bombs exploding just outside some concrete walls. German infantry running along railroad tracks and entering backyard of house in a village. German soldiers observing from overlooking hill; climbing over rubble; and marching along a road toward a village. Animated map showing German invasion areas early in World War II, extending through most of Europe and into Norway, by 1941. Animated map shows further invasions into France, Belgium, low countries, the Balkans, and Eastern front towards the Soviet Union. Map highlights Tokyo, Rome, and Berlin. Delegations walking in hall of building in Berlin, to sign Tripartite pact, on September 27, 1940. The group is led by by Count Galeazzo Ciano (Italian Foreign Minister, and Mussolini's son-in-law); Joachim von Ribbentrop, Germany's Foreign Minister and Japan’s Ambassador Saburō Kurusu. The diplomats are seen, next, standing near a table as Adolf Hitler enters rendering Nazi salute. He shakes hands with Count Ciano and Ambassador Kurusu. Hitler is seated to watch the proceedings. Von Ribbontrop is seen signing for Germany. Next scenes show German armored units heading East in Operation Barbarossa (June of 1941). A sign identifies the town of Eydtkau (Eydtkuhnen) on the German-Lithuanian border. German armor and artillery moving eastward. German troops destroying international crossing barriers. German troops firing siege guns. Montage with glimpses of German battle scenes showing tanks, guns, rockets in action with attendant explosions, fires, and destruction. Formations of German warplanes in flight, including Junkers Ju-52s that carry troops, including paratroops. View from above of Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers in formation. View of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England (which miraculously survived the Blitz). The Tower Bridge in London, seen through a haze. German Junkers 87 Stuka dive bombers peeling off from formation to attack. British anti-aircraft searchlights shining beams skyward. Diving bombers illuminated by the lights. Anti-aircraft guns firing. Nighttime scenes showing gunfire flashes, explosions, tracer bullets and fires in London. British fire brigades fighting fires in London buildings as some collapse from the German bombing during the so-called "Blitz." Scene shifts to Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941, as a Japanese bomb explodes on a U.S. Navy warship. The USS Arizona billowing smoke and listing as it succumbs to Japanese bombing. Another view of the Arizona sinking. Smoke rising from Battleship Row, at Pearl Harbor. Glimpse of postwar Nuremberg trial.

Date: 1940, September 27
Duration: 4 min 31 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
American Undersecretary of War speaks to difficulties facing Allies in confronting Germany and Japan in World War II

Undersecretary of War, Robert Porter Patterson, Sr. speaks about a report from the General staff outlining the needs for combating Germany and Japan in World War 2. He cites Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily, as an example of what will be needed. He continues to narrate in the background as an animated map appears showing the buildup of supplies and Allied forces in North Africa; Allied air forces flying 60 thousand sorties over Sicily and, the direct amphibious assault using 3,200 vessels. Map also depicts opposing forces of 12 (“unwilling”) Italian Divisions and 3-1/2 German Divisions. View of Allied troops carrying some of their 31 thousand casualties on stretchers from field ambulances. Allied medics attending to the wounded. Some are seen lying on stretchers in a row on the ground near a wall. Interior of a field hospital where surgeons and other medical personnel treat the wounded. Animated map shifts to Europe with Germany at its center, showing , in contrast to Sicily that was only an “outpost,”, the heavily fortified perimeter of Axis controlled areas; the axis industrial might; and the disposition of 300 German Divisions (mostly on the Eastern front) defending the region. Next, the map illustrates Japan’s defended regions in the Pacific Image returns to Undersecretary Patterson i n his office, speaking of the Allied offensives planned for next year (1944), and emphasizing their challenge and difficulty. Scene shifts to General Jonathan Wainwright and his garrison at Corregidor, in the Philippines, surrendering to Japanese forces in 1941. Japanese military camera pans over the Americans being taken prisoner. Other Americans and Filipinos are seen being marched together under guard. Scene shifts to classic views of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on December 7, 1941. View of Japanese soldiers executing two Chinese civilians in 1937. Dangling bodies of persons hung by Nazis during Operation Barbarossa in Russia, in 1941 A Russian soldier comforts a little girl as he escorts her across a snowy landscape. Time bomb left by German forces retreating from Naples, Italy, in 1943, blows up a Post office building . Views of damage to building and bodies of victims. American Military Police assisting a victim. American soldiers carrying an injured civilian on a litter. Scene shifts to British Foreign Minister, Anthony Eden, Soviet Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, and U.S. Secretary of State, Cordell Hull, entering a hall in the Spiridonovka Palace, during the 1943 Moscow Conference in Russia. Close-up of the American, Soviet, and British flags on a table. View of many delegates seated around the table. Close-up of Molotov, Eden, and Hull signing conference document.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 58 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Berlin, Germany copes with a heavy snow storm during 1941, in World War II

Opening scene shows the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, in World War 2, with snow piled high in the streets around it. Several women with a baby in a carriage, make their way across a street. A car and a tram pass them in the main part of the street. Two trams pass each other. View shifts to countryside, where houses nestled in trees are completely covered in deep snow. Only their chimneys are visible. As a man shovels at snow obscuring houses, young people are seen in background traversing a ridge on skis. Two men shoveling a path near buildings. They create a trench almost shoulder deep. A skier speeds down from a hill and onto the roof of a snow-covered building in a town. View of a locomotive and train, behind it, with snow almost halfway up its sides. A group of local people work together to uncover the train and clear a path ahead of it. Closeup of Locomotive wheel filled with snow. Man with shovel, clearing snow from Locomotive wheels. The train moving as the locomotive pushes it backwards. People walking across a snow-covered bridge displaying sculptures along its sides. A vehicle fitted with a snow plow clearing snow from a city street. The top of a moving car seen as the rest of it is hidden by snow piles along a road. A powerful tractor snow plow cutting its way through deep snow. Teams of people helping to clear road of snow. Drivers of cars dig their cars out of snow. Workers warming themselves by bonfires. A heavily laden truck stuck in the snow, and another slid off the road into a ditch. A long line of trucks and cars stalled in the snow. A tractor pulling a truck along the road.

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 27 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
The German State Opera building (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) in Berlin being reconstructed following its World War 2 bombing in 1941

View of the State Opera building on Unter den Linden, in Berlin, in 1941, being reconstructed by order of Adolf Hitler, after being bombed in April, 1941, during World War 2. (He ordered the reconstruction in spite of wartime, to bolster German morale at the time.) Trams with equipment and supplies are seen in front of the building. Scene switches to inside, where crystal chandeliers are seen. Camera focuses on two artisans who are restoring gold decoration encircling interior columns. Next, numerous persons are seen at work at various restoration tasks in a section of the building. In another area, dressmakers are busy working on costumes. A woman is seen placing costume helmets on a rack. Various artisans work on statuary and other features of the building and contents. Brief glimpse of restorers examining a painted mural on the floor. Designers working with architectural drawings and models of the Opera house.

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 4 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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