German offensive on the Eastern Front in Operation Barbarossa, during World War 2.
Three German soldiers ride into a burning village, near Grodno, Belorussia, in, what appears to be, a fully tracked armored personnel carrier. They are followed by some armored cars and other vehicles. Huge flames and clouds of smoke obscure the background. The entire place is in flames. German troops on horseback pull artillery and caissons. Camera pans over flaming buildings. Several mounted soldiers move slowly along the village street, as fires rage. Hundreds of disarmed Soviet troops rush across a bridge and toward the rear as German troops march past them toward the battle front. Camera focuses on the blazing buildings as one structure collapses. Huge numbers of German infantry march slong a dirt road. Some of them carry shovels. Camera pans across line of horses pulling artillery pieces and caissons. Closeup of German General of Artillery, Wilhelm Fahrmbacher as he orders a gun crew to direct their 105mm artillery piece toward a line of bunkers. Soldiers manning a truck-mounted weapon accompanied by infantry, move along a dirt road. Another glimpse of the howitzer gun crew. A soldier crawling along, in underbrush and others running across the field. The 105 howitzer crew firing some more (and the soldiers holding their ears). Troops hurrying across open fields and then attacking concrete bunkers (one carrying a hand grenade). Notable closeup images of the German infantrymen fighting their way into the bunker complex. Soldier with hand grenade moving past the remains of a concrete wall. (Only steel reinforcement is left.) He and a comrade clamber down into the bunker proper. Infantry riflemen scour damaged bunkers for Soviet defenders. Some emerge and surrender.
German troops on the Eastern Front, invading Grodno, Poland (now Hrodna Belarus) during World War II. A map illustrates Eastern Prussian-Lithuanian border and German troop movements into Daugavpils, Kaunas, Brest-Litovsk and Grodno. German troops on horseback and carts on a road, passing by damaged and burning buildings in the village. German Wehrmacht soldiers fire artillery. Smoke arises due to explosion. A German officer points out a target. An industrial chimney collapses. German forces march forward and round up Russian Army prisoners. A wrecked Soviet tank. A dead body lying near a disabled tank. German troops sitting atop a tank as it moves. Elevated view across the Old Bridge spanning the Neman River toward the city of Grodno, with many buildings burning. The Grodno Catholic church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross (Bernardine), also called the Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross, seen rising from the city, with damage to its main steeple. Houses and buildings in the city burning, as German troops move through the city. Brief view of the The Jesuit Cathedral of Grodno (now The Jesuit Cathedral of Hrodna) behind burning buildings, as a German soldier passes by on a motorcyle with sidecar.
German infantry and artillery move towards Bialystock, Eastern Poland (Belorussia) in June, 1941, during their suprise offensive (Operation Barbarossa) on the Eastern Front in World War 2. They enter a town through a decorative gateway. Destroyed Soviet T-26 tanks sit in the woods. German mechanic inspects a destroyed Soviet BA-20 Armored car. Others inspect a destroyed Soviet Bt 7 tank. A badly damaged Soviet KV-1 tank with tread and drives destroyed. german troops in work parties building a pontoon bridge. stacks of wood in a clearing. Troops shoulder a boat to be used as a pontoon. Some soldiers take advantage of a lull in fighting to relax and sleep. A few drink from their canteens. A German armored car crosses the now finished pontoon bridge across the Biala River. Assorted other vehicles follow. Next infantry march across the pontoon bridge. The foundations for a former bridge sit next to this one. Two columns of heavy smoke rise in the distance accompanied by sound of heavy artillery. Glimpse of German gunners at a 105mm howitzer. Smoke rising from a shelled building. Dense white smoke obscuring an entire area. Gunners fire a 105mm howitzer and strike a smoke stack, bringing it down. A wounded German soldier carried on a litter. More German artillery being fired and explosions and smoke from it seen in the distance. Several Soviet soldiers in uniform (and one civilian) surrendering with hands in the air.
Germans advance against Russian treoops on the Byelorussian Front inSoviet Union during World War II. A map indicates Grodno and Kaunas as German troop's destinations. They march forward to attack Grodno. Troops a tank. They fire a gun. Smoke rises due to fire. They march forward. A map shows Kaunas as their next destination. Troops on a tank as one of the soldier stands with a shell. Damaged and destroyed military equipment in Kaunas vicinity. A German soldier on a tank.
Joint Axis operations on the Eastern Front during World War Two. (A brief glimpse of Nazi rally, not related to the rest of clip.) A map of Eastern front in areas of Belorussia and Ukraine. German and Hungarian troops in Stanislau, preparing for offensive. Troops are relaxing. They pose for camera, "sleeping." German and Hungarian officers meet and confer. A soldier getting a haircut and shave, as many look on. Soldiers eating from their mess kits. Long supply trains seen in background on railroad. Hungarian and German Generals meet and salute each other, with traditional military hand salutes (not Nazi arm salute). The Hungarian General departs in a German tank. Mixture of Hungarian and other Axis infantry on the move. An extremely tall radio tower and associated Hungarian field communications center in operation. Radio operator tapping out Morse code. Axis tanks and artillery firing at the front. A German Stug III Assault gun seen and several tanks. Axis infantry crossing a field under fire and slogging through mud. Axis troops advancing in horse-drawn wagons, past burning vehicle and destroyed field artillery pieces. German and Hungarian soldiers form an honor guard as German Regimental commander decorates two Hungarian soldiers with Iron Crosses.
German troops at the Eastern Front during World War II. A map illustrates Eastern Prussian-Lithuanian border and movement of German troops into Daugavpils, Kaunas, Brest-Litovsk and Grodno.. German troops fire artillery. Smoke arises due to fire. A view of a damaged building. A German soldier runs. Troops roundup all Russian prisoners. Prisoners march in a group. German medium bombers Heinkel He 111 in flight during a bombing mission. A pilot wearing a helmet in the cockpit. The bomber drops bombs. Smoke arises doe to explosion. Russian prisoners march. The bomber drops bomb on the target.