Despite wartime, the famous German derby (Deutsches Derby) race is run as usual,at the Horner racecourse (Horner Rennbahn) in Hamburg, during World War 1. Two German sportsmen chat as they sit on lawn chairs at the racecourse. They wear boots, and one has driving goggles on his hat and smokes a cigar. Two uniformed German Army officers are seen standing amongst the crowd. A section of grandstand with flags flying atop it, in the background. Scene shifts to what looks like thousands of spectators crowded between the grandstands and the racetrack. Horses seen leaving the paddock and entering the racetrack proper, with jockeys aboard and escorted by their owners or trainers. Closeup of American jockeys, George William Archibald at left and Fred Korb, at right, chatting with German racing enthusiasts before the start. View from the racecourse infield, as horses and riders pass the grandstands. View from the inside railing as they pass. At end of race, German Jockey Willy Plüschke, is seen riding the winning 3-year old, Pontresina, of the Richard Haniel Stables, toward the winner circle. (The prize is 125 thousand marks.)
Famous tourist destinations and architecture in Hamburg, Germany. The Alster River in Hamburg. A train runs on a bridge over the river. Trees in the background. People row boats in the river. In old Hamburg buildings seen on either side of a stream. View of the Chile Haus (Chile House) in modern Hamburg. People walk outside the modern Hamburg Airport. Flags on either side of the airport. An airship seen. Scenes of St. Pauli and Hamburg's Coney Island during the night. A Hamburg American line steamer seen.
River Elbe and a bridge across it in Hamburg, Germany. Important building, a man shakes hands with a woman and she gets into a car. An equestrian statue in Hamburg showing a German officer riding a horse. A Mercedes drives to the country side. Point of view shot from inside moving convertible Mercedes, looking out toward highway and German countryside. Footage is from Eva Braun movies, early in World War 2.
German Chancellor Adolf Hitler's companion Eva Braun's family in Hamburg, Germany. Eva Braun's family members board a vehicle. They embark onto a ship and a sign on the gangway reads 'Hamburg -Amerika liner'. Cargo in a sling being hoisted aboard the ship. A view of the area around the port. A band plays music aboard the ship. People wave to the passengers aboard the ship as it leaves the port. A Nazi flag on a building at the dock. Passengers aboard the ship wave as the ship leaves the dock. A ship named 'Robert Ley' passes at the dock.
The Germans sign unconditional surrender in Berlin, Germany on May 8, 1945 during World War II, signing a document similar to the one signed at Reims the day before. People gathered outside a German Army Engineering School. Soviet General Georgi Zhukov and British Air Chief Marshal Arthur Tedder at a desk as they represent the Allies. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel and other officers representing Germany arrive. Keitel puts his signature on the document of unconditional surrender. Zhukov and Tedder also put their signatures as they take over Germany. The two officers shake hands. Allied officers tour the city of Berlin. Damaged buildings in the city due to Allied bombings. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. The heavilly damaged Hotel Adlon. Aerial views of the damage caused due to Allied bombings in Hamburg. Damaged buildings and shipyards in Hamburg.
Anachronistic mixture of scenes from Germany, circa 1935, Italy, circa 1915, and World War 2. Opening sequence shows Waffen SS troops goosestepping on parade in Nuremberg,Bavaria, circa 1935. Then a scene is inserted of Italian Generalissimo Luigi Cadorna, Chief of Staff, Italian Army, in World War 1, who salutes while reviewing troops. This is followed by scenes of grim-faced civilians watching German forces occupy their countries in World War II. Finally a radio tower and antenna are shown.