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.
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.
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 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.
'50 Years of Cinematography' depicts the role of military and news cameramen during World War II. Germany starts the War. Invasion of Poland in 1939: German Nazi Luftwaffe bombers in flight over Warsaw. Explosions due to the bombardment. Burning and damaged buildings in the war torn city. Civilians amidst rubble and ruins. Soldiers and civilians look at corpses on a sidewalk. A woman with her child cries. A man walks on a street. Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940: Allied troops evacuated from the Dunkirk coast. Allied troops on ships. Smoke rises from a ship under German attack. Soldiers wade through the water towards waiting ships. Burning ships. The Second Armistice at Compiegne after the German victory in the Battle of France, 1940: German troops stand at attention. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, President of the Reichstag Hermann Goering, German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel and other German officers arrive at the venue. The leaders and officers walk past the soldiers at attention. Hitler gives the Nazi salute. The Blitz, London in 1940-1941: Bomb damaged buildings. Cars and pedestrians amidst ruins and rubble on the streets. A train over a collapsed wall. Civilians in a horse cart. A wrecked bus in a damaged building. Rescue workers among the rubble. Clouds over the city.
Film opens showing Adolf Hitler, in World War 2, with Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch, Army Commander-in-Chief, and other top military members, planning for Operation Barbarossa (Attack to the East toward the Soviet Union). As he walks away from the table, he speaks briefly to Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, head of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy). Next Hitler and Marshall Hermann Goering are seen strolling and conversing at the Eastern Front headquarters, "the wolf's lair," (Wolfschanze) near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). Scene shifts to the Soviet Union, where Joseph Stalin is seen speaking at a podium. A large outdoor audience, including some soldiers, is gathered to listen. Images showing the Soviet people responding to defend against the German Nazi invasion. Closeup of Soviet soldiers with shouldered weapons. The nearest is holding a PPSh-41 submachine gun. Closeups of Soviet women and men in military uniforms. Soviet citizens heading to enlist in the military. Soldiers marching loosely n a city street. Patriotic singing is heard in background. A formation of Soviet women marching. Some carry furled banners. Soviet women carrying simple farm implements, marching in a rural part of Russia and joining others who are working to prepare anti-tank ditches and barriers in the countryside. Views of hundreds of people working on this project. Weapons being provided to rural Soviet guerrillas who will operate behind enemy lines. Anti-aircraft guns being set up overlooking a harbor. Closeup of Soviet soldiers manipulating controls on a camouflaged anti-aircraft gun and others maneuvering a four-barreled anti-aircraft machine gun. Local farm family members on makeshift towers keeping watch over huge fields of wheat. Soviet farmers harvesting the wheat with scythes. An armed farmer shielding his eyes as he searches the skies for German airplanes. Closeup of a man cutting wheat with a scythe as women gather the sheaves behind him. Motorized harvesters at work in a field of wheat. Closeup of a woman operating one. Tractors used in harvesting. Women and children gleaning what remains behind in the harvested fields. Farmers driving their cattle East (away from advancing Germans). Evacuating Soviet people employ a scorched earth policy, burning their homes, barns, and anything that might be of value to advancing German forces. Views of burning houses. Soviet industrial enterprises working around the clock producing war materiel. Seen are petroleum facilities; a large plant expelling coke; coal pouring into a barge; men at work at a steel furnace; ribbons of hot steel moving out of rollers; a huge manufacturing plant in operation. Next, a Soviet Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tank is seen moving across a field. Russian Ploikarpov 1-16 fighter planes in flight. A large formation of German Dornier DO 17 bombers in flight high overhead. Soviet forces retreating. Views of fallen German soldiers, fires burning, and remnants of a downed German bomber. German prisoners of war marching under guard and others surrendering with hands in the air. Closeups of some German prisoners. A Russian Petlyakov Pe-2 aircraft parked in snow with engines running. Fallen German soldiers lying in the snow along a roadway, in Winter of 1941-42. A Russian Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tank maneuvering in the snow. Russian Bt-7 Light Cavalry Tanks proceeding toward the front in Springtime, 1942.