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Reenactment of the activities of American and Russian troops after they meet on the River Elbe, near the end of World War II.

From a Russian feature film "Meeting on the Elbe" (dubbed in Korean). Reenactment depicts meeting of the American 69th Infantry division and Russian soldiers at the River Elbe near Torgau Germany on April 25 and April 26, 1945. Reenactment : An American soldier meets a Russian soldier on the shore of Elbe river and the soldiers talk. A tank behind the soldiers. The soldiers sit down and the American soldier takes out a dollar note and scribbles on the note. A bridge over the River Elbe as the raised spans meet and come into place. The Russian troops stand in a line on the bridge. Two of the soldiers holding flags. A banner being displayed on the bridge across the river. An American officer and a Russian officer shake hands. The American officer reviews the troops. The band plays. The soldiers stand in a line. The officers salute and walk past the troops. The American soldier and the Russian soldier on the shore of the river. The officers salute. American tanks with troops move. The American officer views the soldiers through binoculars. Soldiers standing behind the American officer. The officers converse looking at a document. An American officer in a room inside a building. A crowd outside the building. The officer looks at the crowd through the window of the building. Another officer enters the room and approaches the American officer. The American officer hands over a symbolic key to the other officer and both men converse.

Date: 1945, April
Duration: 4 min 20 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: Korean
 
 
General Reinhardt sits in racing scull to cross the Elbe River in Germany for East Meets West meeting with Soviet forces.

American, Russian and British soldiers near the Elbe River in Torgau Germany. They stand in front of an "East Meets West" sign on the banks of the river. Generals wait to cross Elbe River. General Reinhardt sits in racing scull. General is rowed across Elbe River in racing scull. General with others disembark on opposite shore of river. Sign "East meets West". GIs of 69th Division shakes hands with Russian Red Army soldier. GIs shake hands with Soviet soldiers. (Note: Opening cameraman slate lists date as 2-24-45, but this event is known to have occurred on April 25 - 26, 1945.)

Date: 1945, April 26
Duration: 1 min 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
German soldiers and civilians cross damaged bridge at Tangermunde, Germany, after surrender of Germany in World War II

View of the Elbe River, at Tangermunde, after Germany surrendered in World War 2. Objects floating in the water. Closeup shows twisted steel of severely damaged bridge over the river. Some German soldiers are seen crossing the bridge. View of bridge from American-occupied bank of the Elbe. The bridge span is seen to have dropped to touch the water on the other side of the river. Two young women in their underwear, rush along a path in a park on one bank of the river. A German soldier with face bandaged accompanies a young woman along the path. a German soldier smoking a cigarette, stands near a park bench. One of the young women, previously seen, stands, now wrapped in a tarp covering, next to an American tank. The twisted bridge is immediately behind her. She walks past the camera. Scene shifts to people crossing the bridge. A woman carrying a baby in arms hurries past several German soldiers seated on the ground. Next, many women and children are seen with their belongings, trudging past the seated German soldiers. Two women walk past the camera, one wearing a German Army uniform. Scene shifts to opposite side of the Elbe River, where the dropped bridge span touches the water. German soldiers are making their way across on planks placed there temporarily. A German soldier and a woman help an injured soldier on the river bank. German soldiers are gathered beneath the bridge span. Two help a third who is in the water. Two German soldiers, one a Red Cross medic, carry the man, as numerous German civilians surrounding them, look on. Closeup of German soldiers carrying arms, including panzerfaust (hand-held anti-tank weapon), crossing the bridge. They pass an American soldier on the American-occupied side of the Elbe, where they must deposit their arms with others already stacked in piles.

Date: 1945, May 10
Duration: 3 min 9 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Depiction of Russian troops meeting American troops arriving in crafts on the shore of River Elbe in Germany.

A Russian feature film depicts the meeting of American and Russian troops on the River Elbe in Germany. Re-enactment : Russian troops on the shore of the River Elbe. A man inside a damaged house. The man carries a baggage and speaks to a woman. The man with the woman and a boy inside the damaged house. American troops on a craft. Russian troops on the shore. Two American officers look through binoculars. Soldiers behind the officers. American troops arrive in crafts on the shore of the River Elbe. American soldiers and Russian soldiers embrace in water. American officers looking through binoculars. Wrecked buildings in view. Vehicles move along the bridge on the River Elbe. Explosions in the background. An American officer looking through binoculars. American soldiers arriving at the shore and embracing Russian soldiers. An American soldier and a Russian soldier holding glasses toast.

Date: 1945
Duration: 4 min 22 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: Russian
 
 
End of World War II and signing of UN charter in San Francisco, United States

United States and Soviet Union soldiers celebrate their victory as world War 2 comes to an end in Germany. "Elbe Day": Soviet and American soldiers meet at the River Elbe on 25-26 April, 1945. View of Nazi swastika being blown up at Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg Germany in 1945. Scenes of celebration in the streets of Paris with French civilians cheering American and French soldiers and celebrating the end of World War 2. French women kiss soldiers. Crowd gathered in Times Square in New York celebrating VE-Day (Victory in Europe Day). Foreign Ministers of fifty nations arrive at San Francisco to sign the United Nations Charter. United States President Harry S. Truman addresses the delegates at the closing ceremony of the conference on June 26, 1946. Ships bring back American soldiers, including some wounded, after World War 2. Women and families on dock at harbor wave and smile at arriving troop ship with American soldiers. Also seen are soldiers of other countries including Soviet Russian soldiers returning to their families at a train station, with smiling and tearful family reunions. Cemeteries with headstones honoring soldiers who died in the war. Military hardware being scrapped to make peacetime goods. Views of explosive charges being set and military aircraft being blown up for scrap. Piles of scrapped military vehicles. A woman in a factory organizes newly manufactured clothes irons. Workers in a factory perform final assembly on newly manufactured ovens and stoves for homes.

Date: 1945
Duration: 2 min 40 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Nazi Party ceremonial grandeur is contrasted to the horrors perpetrated under the 3rd Reich

6th Nazi Party Congress at Nuremberg, in 1934, featuring a "Totenehrung" ceremony, honouring dead. Nazi SA ( Sturmabteilung) and SS (Schutzstaffel) troops in precise formations fill the Zeppelin Field Luitpold Arena , leaving only a wide pathway to the Ehrenhalle war memorial. View from behind honor guard standing at the Ahrenhalle, as Adolf Hitler, flanked by SS leader, Heinrich Himmler (in Black) and Viktor Lutze, head of the Sturmabteilung (SA), approach. Three huge banners with swastikas are seen in the far background. Scene shifts to 1945. American troops are now assenbled at the main grandstand (Ehrentribüne) of Zeppelin Field. The American flag covers the wreathed swatstika sculpture at the top of the Grandstand. View of German soldiers, who have been mustered out, mingling with civilians in a town. Some speak with an American soldier, who is part of the U.S. occupying force. Scene shifts to the Yalta conference in February, 1945. Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Joseph Stalin are seen seated while their most senior military staff members stand in the background. Allied leaders sit around a large conference table. U.S. Secretary of State James F. Byrnes, sits near Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Scene shifts back to Nazi era. Joseph Goebbels, Reichminister of Propaganda is haranguing a crowd. In contrast, German soldiers are seen conversing with occupying American soldiers. This is contrasted with more scenes of Nazi leaders giving empassioned speeches to a hall filled with Nazi faithful. German soldiers, prisoners of war are seen directed by U.S. military police, behind a barbed wiire enclosure. Large numbersof German prisoners of war in an open holding area. Closeups of some. Bucolic scenes of farmers working in fiields and herds of sheep and cattle. Hitler haranguing an audience of rapt listeners. German civilians standing quietly in a group. (Narrator refers them being the people of Beethoven, Goethe, and Martin Luther, as statues of those iconic Gernmans are shown.) In dramatic contrast, numerous dead bodies of victims are being shown to German citizens by American troops, at Nordhausen, Buchenwald, and Belsen concentration camps. This is contrasted against views of German people folk dancing in traditional costumes, German contributions to science (view of Albert Einstein speaking) and industry (view of professional glass blowers at work). Glaring contrast shows German civilians moving the body of a concentration camp victim; several civilians beubg shot dead by a firning squad (unseen); Rudolf Himmler; and an image Germany being destroyed, as result of the Nazis. American sooldiers are loosely assenbled in an open field. by the Elbe River at Torgau, Germany on 26 April 1945. American and Russian officers greet each other at the site, where their armies have met in World War 2. American ans Russian soldiers mingle and greet one another. Views of Allied forces entiering Germany. Another scene of victims' bodies stacked at a concentration camp. French soldiers examine stake where prisoners were tied and executed in the Gestapo headquarters on Paris France. Other views of the Gestapo prison, where victims were buried. Examples of torture devices used to coerce information from prisoners. More views of stacked bodies of victims. Germans carrying bodies from a condentration camp. General Dwitht D. Eisenhower and General George Patton visiting the Ohrdruf Concentration Camp. Burned remains of victims. Closeup of General Patton. German officials and citizens confronting horror as they are compelled to walk through the camp. A huge wagon loaded with bodies of the dead. Gernan women appalled and repelled by the sights. Countless numbers of dead victims covering a large courtyard. German citizens compelled to carry body of a victim from the yard. Others carrying bodies of victims. Large numbers of Gernan citizens , seemingly shamed and remorseful at the revelations. A group of Gernnan men carrying shovels and others carrying crosses to commence burying the victims appropriately. Men carrying victims bodies in open wooden caskets along a road llined with spectators. Coffins of victims laid out in a cemetery. (Narrator alludes to them never forgetting.) German men gently place covered coffins in a long mass grave. .

Date: 1945
Duration: 6 min 52 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
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