Battle of Grosswardein, precursor to Battle of Debrecen, in World War 2. In late September, 1944, the German 23rd Panzer division was ordered to clear Grosswardein (aka Oradea or Nagyvárad) and environs occupied by Soviet and Romanian forces (who had switched sides a month earlier). In late September, 1944, the German 23rd Panzer division was ordered to clear Grosswardein (aka Oradea or Nagyvárad) and environs occupied by Soviet and Romanian forces (who had switched sides a month earlier). This was prelude to the World War 2 Battle of Debrecen, in October, 1944. Map shows areas of interest and reflects German treatment of Grosswardein and Debrecen as part of Hungary (Northern Transylvania), A German 88mm artillery piece is seen being towed uphill by a SdKfz 6 half-track. Battery of German 15 cm schwere Feldhaubitze 18 cannons being fired from high ground. Their shells striking at edge of wooded area. View of shells being loaded. Chalk writing on one "trotzdem siegen win" or in English "We will win despite all this". German Panther medium tanks move at the head of a column that includes Stug III and other armor. A Stug III camouflaged with tree branches. German armor advancing across and open field. Two tanks parked, and their crew members watching the battlefield. Explosions in the field. German machine gunners firing against Soviet infantry. Romanian soldiers surrendering in a grove of trees, are searched and processed. German infantry moving through field of corn stalks, along with armored personnel carriers (Schutzenpanzerwagen SdKfz 250/10 Neu). A truck burning in the field, with a field piece attached on a towbar.
German Air Force engages Soviet ground forces in Hungary during World War 2. Opening scene shows map of Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania. Next, in view from cockpit , a loose formation of German Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers is seen in flight. They bomb and strafe Soviet tanks on the ground. (Narrator states that German aircraft flew thousands of missions destroying more than three hundred Soviet tanks.) German soldiers are seen in trenches in Hungary. Next, are scenes of fires and of German soldiers near a burning Soviet tank.
Hungarian troops in World War 2 gather for a parade in Heroes' Square, at the end of Andrássy Avenue, Budapest, Hungary, Millennium Memorial visible (also known as Millenary Monument). Monument pedestal visible with text AZ EZERÉVES HATÁROKÉRT, which means "For The Millennium Boundaries". Hungarian soldiers and officers in cars, seated atop armored cars, and on foot. Dornier DO-17 bombers in flight overhead.. View of German military and Hungarian political dignitaries on stage, including Hungarian Prime Minister Laszlo Bardossy. Officer fastens flag of the Kingdom of Hungary to the instrument of a trumpeter. Formations of Motorcyclists lead a parade along a main thoroughfare. Many open trucks carrying troops take part. Some tow light field artillery pieces. Military members and civilians (almost all women) stand on either side of the road to witness the event. The civilians wave and cheer. A large number of Hungarian 39M Csaba armored scout cars assembled in front of the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, beginning to join the parade. A Japanese boy and girl are seen in the crowd smiling and displaying a Japanese flag. Clip ends showing vehicles towing 40mm Bofors anti-aircraft guns on wheeled mountings.
Regent of Hungary, Miklós Horthy (Nicholas Horthy), in uniform of an admiral, steps from a train and is greeted by Chancellor Adolf Hitler and foreign minister Joachim Von Ribbentrop, during World War 2. Next, the conferees are seen within the Schloss Klessheim (Klessheim Palace) where they would, ostensibly, negotiate German occupation of Hungary (German troops were already entering Budapest.). Discussions commence after dignitaries enter the conference hall where General Döme Sztójay, Hungarian ambassador to germany is present.
An animated map shows Hungary and nearby countries. A flotilla of German warships plies the Danube River at Budapest, Hungary, during World War 2. They fire anti-aircraft guns at aircraft overhead. Houses of Parliament and the Elizabeth (Erzsébet) bridge are seen at the river.
German invasion of Eastern European countries during World War II. Maps of Manchuria and Ethiopia. Newspaper headlines. Maps of various European countries conquered by Nazi Germany including Poland. Newspaper printing press running. Newspaper headlines declaring war against Germany. Herald newspaper headline reads, WAR. Animated map of Germany shows the Nazi symbol spreading across Europe with fire. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and officers at a map as they confer. Maps of Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Hungarian pheasant farmers gather grain in Hungary. Ore car heaped with bauxite in Hungary. Aluminum sheet rolling down conveyor belt. German aircraft parked in line with propellers spinning. Hungarian soldiers marching in parade with crowd giving Nazi salute. Grain pouring into holding bin. Oil derricks in Romania. Romanian soldiers marching in parade. Animated map depicts the importance of cities of Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria for their submarine bases in the Black Sea. Admiral Miklos von Nagybanya Horthy of Hungary, Prime Minister of Romania General Ion Antonescu, King Michael of Romania and King Boris of Bulgaria. Newspaper headlines include 'Bulgarian King Joins Axis', "Bulgarian Revolts Bring 1200 Arrests', 'Riots Sweep Romania', and 'Hungarian Revolt Brewing' German motorcycles with sidecars driving into Hungary. German artillery being towed into Hungary. German soldiers driving halftracks drive into Romania and Bulgaria. Animated map depicts the plan for invasion of Greece.