Italy invades Greece during World War II. An Italian aircraft in flight as it drops bombs over Greece. Bombs impact and smoke rises up. Italian tanks roll and troops advance. A military truck. Soldiers load shells in an artillery and fire it. Greek Premier Ioannis Metaxas reviews an honor guard in Greece. Greek soldiers march in review. Scottish soldiers in skirts also march at the parade. Italian soldiers in Sidi Barrani, Egypt. Soldiers fight and advance across a field.
Series 'Why We Fight' episode "Prelude to War" depicts the battles during World War II. United States soldiers parade on street lead by a band. Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.December 7, 1941. The London Blitz with buildings destroyed and burning. The Eiffel Tower in Paris with Nazi flag flying atop it. German troops marching into Paris, through the Arch of Triumph. Japanese warplanes bombing shanghai, China, in 1937. Chinese residents running for shelter. Glimpse of German "Schwerer Gustav" 80 cmrailway gun firing during German offensive against Soviet Union in 1941. German forces entering Czechoslovakia in 1938. German mounted troops entering France in 1940. Heavy guns firing. German ships en route to Norway 1940. German Ju-52 aircraft flying low over trees. Montage showing rapid succession of war scenes, including heavy guns firing, smoke rising, explosions, an aircraft shot down and crashing straight down, German armor on the move, German Ju-52 aircraft dropping paratroopers into Holland and one flying over Athens, Greece, with Mount Lykabettus in the background. More of the same with Narrator mentioning Belgium, Albania, Yugoslavia, and Russia (where citizens are seen digging anti-tank trenches and fortifications). Cavalry charging across a field. A German tank rolling forward. A German Dornier Do-17 bomber taking off, and bombs falling.
Italian invasion of Greece during World War II. Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini appears outside a building as a large crowd gathers to greet him. Italian troops march ahead in Greece. Italian soldiers on a bridge. Artillery being fired. An Italian soldier speaks over a radio. Civilian Greek women. An old man outside a building.
Greek Premier Ioannis Metaxas reviews troops in Athens , Greece during World War II. Metaxas salutes aboard a ship with other officer in the background. Officers aboard the ship. Greece troops lined up. Soldiers march in review. Detachments of the Evzones troops dressed in skirts being reviewed.
Reviewing of Greek soldiers in Greece during the World War II. Greek soldiers march at a ceremony. Civilians with Nazi officers. Nazi officers review the Greek soldiers. Greek soldiers in skirted uniforms carry guns and march. Nazi officers stand in salute. Greek soldiers hold a flag as they march. Civilians watch the march from a building at a distance.
Liberation of Greece. Animated map of Athens, Greece. Allies forces return to Greece after victory. Celebration: Greek ring the bell. British troops dock in Greece and march into Athens. Workers carry the boxes of water for victims of malaria. Boxes of water displayed. Shows the return of Prime Minister George Papandreou on October 18, 1944. Large crowd welcomes and cheers the Prime Minister George Papandreou and display banners for liberating their country. Prime Minister Papandreou puts the wreath on grave and honors two unknown soldiers. British Lt. Gen Ronald Scobie salutes. General Scobie and Prime Minister Papandreou honor the two unknown soldiers. British Armored unit receive enthusiastic welcome. Sign of 'The Greek People Welcome EAM', and 'Welcome Great Allies KKE'. Greek people welcome the National Liberation Front (EAM) and Communist Party of Greece (KKE). Citizens buy food with inflated currency.