60 thousand persons,including many veterans of World War I, march to the Tannenberg battlefield to attend ceremonies dedicating the Tannenberg Monument, commemorating the German victory over Russian forces there in August, 1914, and to remember the German soldiers who died there. It is the 80th birthday of Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg, who officiates at the ceremony.
Animated map shows Germany and bordering states of Slovakia, the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and the area of Memel (Klaipeda) in Lithuania, during advent of World War 2, Under duress, Lithuania ceded Memel to Germany by a treaty, effective 23 March 1939. It was immediately reincorporated into East Prussia. Newspapers being thrown to people gathered in a square. They carry headline: "Memel is Free."Nazi flags flying. Banner reads "We are swept home."border gates are thrown open and people rush through. Trucks full of German troops are welcomed. Formation of German Heinkel He-51 biplanes flies overhead. View from under triple 11 inch guns at stern of the German Cruiser Deutschland. Adolf Hitler standing behind canvas at railing on the deck with officers. A German destroyer coming into port. Hitler transferring from the Deutschland to a pier at Memel. He reviews troops in formation on the pier. The Deutschland in background with her crew lined up on deck. Hitler stands in an open car as it moves off the wharf to streets where people line the sidewalks to wave and salute him. He reviews German troops drawn up in a city square. Police control crowds. Hitler stands at a podium and exchanges Nazi salute with the crowd.
German invasion of Russia during World War II. A map showing German invasion path in Russia until defeat at siege of Stalingrad. A map showing Soviet postwar expansion into Eastern Poland, East Prussia, portions of Finland and other areas. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are incorporated as Republics into the Soviet Union. Russian zones of occupation in Germany, Austria and North Korea. Map depicts an "Iron Curtain" encompassing the Soviet postwar territories. Soviet troops and tanks occupying countries. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns traveling along a city street. Crowds cheering in a stadium in Soviet East Germany. President Wilhelm Pieck of the German Democratic Republic is among people seen applauding in the stands. . Soviet cargo ships in a harbor operating under trade agreements. Chinese Communist forces moving with guns and artillery and tanks to expel Chiang Kai-Shek and Chinese Nationalists from mainland China, in 1949. Chinese refugees including a casualty and a child holding a bag.
Citizen National Guard marching in Germany. Registration for young and old in National Guard and Hitler Youth. New National Guards sign some papers and shake hands with Nazi officials. Hitler Youth registration. Heinrich Himmler gives speech from a platform in a hall in Insterburg, East Prussia. German swastika flags covers war memorials. Large outdoor rally in Annaberg Germany with Nazi leaders, National Guard members, Hitler Youth, and citizens listening to the speech. Large banner hung from buildings in Annaberg. Nazi soldiers and National Guardsmen with guns and weapons on shoulders march in the streets. Civilians salute as the Soldiers, National Guardsmen and Hitler Youth march with German swastika flags.
German President Paul Von Hindenburg passes away in Germany. Dead body of Hindenburg on bed. Soldiers and German officials stand in formation at the Tannenberg Memorial near Tannenberg, East Prussia (Stebark Poland today). They give tribute to the President during his State funeral.
Adolf Hitler visits German Army officers, who were injured, in the July 20th assassination attempt against him. They are being treated at a military hospital, in Rastenburg, during World War 2. Among the victims he visits are: Major General Walter Scherff; Navy Captain Heinz Assmann; Rear Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer; and General Walther Buhle. Hitler is seen with a small bandage in his right ear due to a ruptured ear drum from the explosion. He takes time and speaks with each of the wounded officers. As he leaves, women nurses, assembled outside, render Nazi salutes, and cheer him. Change of scene shows Hitler, at the Wolf's Lair compound, near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). He greets Walther Funk, Reich Minister for Economic Affairs; a local Gauleiter; Reich Minister Albert Speer; a Dr. Sauer; and Reich Minister Hans Heinrich Lammers, President of the Reich Cabinet. Next scene shows Heinrich Himmler, chief of the Nazi Gestapo, speaking with General (Generaloberst) Ferdinand Schörner. Hitler strolls with Hermann Goering, and is then seen, from behind, as he greets Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels and General (Generaloberst) Heinz Wilhelm Guderian, Chief of Staff of the Army. Beside him is Hermann Fegelein. The Nazi top leaders stand and converse. Goebbels speaks with Martin Bormann and General Alfred Jodl, whose head is bandaged. (He was injured during the July 20, 1944 assassination plot against Hitler.)