Invasion of Yugoslavia and Greece 6 April 1941 Yugoslavia and Greece being invaded. Animated map of region as names of Yugoslavian areas appear. Dragon's teeth and other antitank fortifications are bypassed by advancing German forces. Damaged railroad tracks in Croatia. German soldiers confer. They march past houses along road, cross stream and drag artillery over wooden bridge. An animated map shows entry into Greece at Salonika and Xanthi. The smoke rises in valley after German artillery hits. German guns fire and recoil. The view of a valley. A German soldier sketches. Germans in foxhole gesture. German Stuka dive bombers in flight and dropping bombs. German tank rolls down a street in Salonika, many civilian onlookers, as well as German officers salute as tanks pass. View of Aegean harbor. A town in the background and a column of smoke rises.
German invasion of European countries during World War II. Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini shakes hands with Adolf Hitler. People gathered in a square in Rome, Italy, cheering as they listen to Mussolini speak. View of Mussolini speaking and waving his hands in animated fashion. Greek Army troops marching in traditional uniform. Animated map depicts Italian advance in Greece and the backward drive of Italian troops. Mussolini walking on a path and saluting his forces. A newspaper headline about Nazi movement in Greece. Close-up aerial view of a German Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber beginning its dive and releasing bombs. German aircraft bombard Greek cities and cities in Yugoslavia. Aerial view of damaged palace building in Belgrade, Yugoslavia after German bombing that began April 6, 1941 in Operation Retribution. Animated map depicts German advance in Yugoslavia. A map depicts German advance in Greece. Aerial view of the city of Athens as seen from German aircraft, with a German Luftwaffe aircraft in foreground.
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.
German General Friedrich-Wilhelm Müller visits with Italian troops of the 6th Infantry Division CUNEO, after they occupy the Greek Island of Samos, without any resistance, in May 1941. He and his staff members drink local wine with the Italians. Italian soldiers eating bananas at the port, and picking oranges from a local tree. Remainder of film shows 8 thousand surrended defenders taken as prisoners of war, marching in a long line. Next, they are seen crammed on the deck of a Greek ship and then, later debarking. They march in loose formation.
German airborne campaign against Crete in May 1941. German soldiers scan mountainous terrain through binoculars. German Junkers JU-52 transport aircraft in flight. Paratroopers descend. Supplies and equipment dropped from an aircraft. German soldiers open boxes. Junkers JU-52 parked on ground at Maleme airfield with soldiers in foreground. A German officer speaks to soldiers. Wounded German soldiers loaded aboard Junkers JU-52.
Themistoklis Sofoulis (Sophoulis) Speaker of the Greek Parliament, arrives at the port of Piraeus. Officials greet and welcome him. A color guard of Greek sailors presents arms in salute as Sofoulis is taken by the arm and escorted by a Greek admiral. He doffs his hat in acknowlement. With the Admiral at his side, and , surrounded by civilian officials,and several naval officers, he makes his way to a Greek Navy destroyer tied up at the pier. A junior officer assists him as he ascends a gangway to board the ship. On deck, the ship's captain greets him and introduces several junior officers who salute and shake hands with Sofoulis. The Greek National flag is seen fluttering in the breeze from the ship's mast. View of ship's bow as forward line is hauled aboard. The Greek State Flag is seen displayed from the ship. View from the pier as the ship backs away, followed by views underway, when the number "15" is seen clearly displayed on her hull, identifying her as the Destroyer, Vasilissa Olga. (Note: The Vasilissa Olga and several other Greek warships sailed to Alexandria Egypt, following the German invasion of Greece in 1941. From there, she participated with the British in a number of actions at sea during the war. She was sunk, during a German air raid on September 26, 1943, at the Gulf of Lakki in Leros.)