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.
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.
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.
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini standing together in an open car during a motorcade in Munich, in 1938. Civilian spectators render Nazi salutes as they pass. Next, British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, arriving for the Munich treaty conference, steps from a British Airways Lockheed Model 14 passenger plane. An honor guard of helmeted and white-gloved German soldiers stands at attention during his welcome. Adolf Hitler climbs stairs of Berghof together with Chamberlain and Hitler's interpretor, Paul Otto Schmidt, on September 15, 1938 for their conference. Crowds of Germans give Nazi salute and cheer as Hitler and Mussolini appear on a balcony. Prime Minister Chamberlain back from the conference, speaks to the crowd at Heston Aerodrome on 30 September 1938, saying, among other thing, "We regard the agreement signed last night, and the Anglo-German naval agreement as symbolic of the desires of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again." Damaged buildings and ruins of city. Mussolini giving an impassioned speech. Italian cavalry carrying out a charge in Ethiopia. Italian troops employing machine guns in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War circa 1936. Italian infantry charging across sand dunes. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie at the League of Nations podium. Nazi Swastika eagle statue. A formation of German troops, during the Anschluss (German annexation of Austria,in 1938). Hitler at a podium. People rendering Nazi salute in annexed city.
At this point, the film transitions to 1950 as North Korean troops cross the 39th parallel and start the Korean War. A nighttime artillery barrage. North Korean troops firing a Browning M1917 machine gun and rifles. The feet of American soldiers are jumping out of foxholes as U.S.M26 Pershing tanks fire their guns from tilted positions below hills. A Pershing tank crosses a bridge back into South Korea, where a sign reads:"You are now crossing the 38th parallel, Co.B 728 MP."
Scene shifts again, to President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers speech about Vietnam at a news conference on July 28, 1965, in which he states,among other things, "Three times in my lifetime...Americans have gone to far lands to fight for freedom..." as he explains U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the Vietnam War.
Scenes from Nuremberg Trials, including footage of prior events being discussed in the trials. Nazi officer reads an announcement to Hilter and Nazi leadership confirming the March 7, 1936 occupation and remilitarization of the Rhineland by the German Army, and the loyalty of the German Army. German Army rally and parade is held in Nuremberg. Soldiers march and goosestep, along with Nazi leadership such as Hermann Goering, while Hitler speaks assuring peaceful intentions by Germany. German officials Goering, Rader, and von Neurath arrive at special meeting with Hitler and Generals von Blomberg and von Fritsch in November 1937 to plan conquer of Czechoslovakia and Austria. Tall meeting chamber doors under armed guard. Scenes from February 1938 Berchtesgaden meeting arranged by von Papen with Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg, Hitler, Keitel, and von Ribbentrop walking on grounds. Car approaches Berghof. Guido Schmidt, former foreign minister of Austria seen at the meeting, and then seen on stand testifying at Nuremberg trials concerning Hitler's decision to annex Austria. Scenes of German troops marching and a night-time rally parade in Austria. View of Schuschnigg on March 9, 1938 at podium during meeting announcing a plebiscite vote on Austrian independence. Views of German newspaper headlines denouncing the plebiscite and demanding Schuschnigg's resignation. Crowd surrounds new Chancellor Arthur von Seyss-Inquart with Nazi salutes following Schuschnigg's resignation. Next is scenes of March 12, 1938 German Anschluss annexation of Austria. Initial German forces seen meeting some resistance by Austrian citizens. Germany army rolling into Austria and dismantling border gates. Hitler memo announces intent to annex Czechoslovakia. Operation Green leader Konrad Henlein seen walking in parade with officials. Scenes of Munich Pact signing ceremony. Czech President Hacha walks with Nazi leaders and enters car for meeting to hear German ultimatum. Map shows lands grabbed by German
Eva Braun's family in Hamburg, Germany. Eva Braun's family members board a small tender boat and ride through the port of Hamburg. A number of large ships are seen at the port, including the Manhattan, the Milwaukee, and the Walter Rau, from Bremen.