View towards starboard bow of the German Rotor Ship, "Buckau", at anchor, being photographed from a small boat that rocks with the waves. Another view towards her starboard stern. Brief closeup glimpse of one of her 50 ft tall rotor cylinders. View of the "Buckau" from starboard, abeam. Change of scene shows a German Braunschweig-class pre-dreadnought battleship of the Kaiserliche Marine at anchor, viewed from the "Buckau." Camera pans port-side of the battleship, from stern towards bow, and continues panning left showing the deck and some crew of the "Buckau," from which it is filming. Next, two German warships are seen anchored, directly astern of the rotor ship.
Germany celebrates completion of the widening of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal (aka Kiel Canal) allowing dreadnought warships to navigate directly between the Baltic and North Seas. German Stern view of a German Nassau-class battleship near the canal. Camera pans across the water showing several other large ships and buildings in background. German Naval officers celebrate the completion of the wider canal. Ice forming on the bow of a German warship as it plows through the North sea in Winter. Sheets of ice covering the sides of other warships. German warships forming lines as they practice battle maneuvers. The Crown Prince William and Prince Joachim of Germany along with other young men and women.
Goering dedicates the first aircraft carrier in Germany on 8th December, 1938, in Kiel. People gather in a large number for the launch of the carrier laid down by Deutsche Werke. The flags of the Nazi Party. Nazi Reichminister of Aviation, Hermann Goering, arrives to dedicate the new ship. Goering on platform in front of the bow of the new German aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin. Goering gives a brief dedication speech.
Views of the British battleship Royal Oak, in Scapa Flow, Scotland, and underway at sea. . The German submarine, U-47, commanded by Captain Gunter Prien, underway and saluting as they are greeted as they return to base at Kiel, Germany, on October 23, 1939, after successfully penetrating Scapa Flow and torpedoing the British battleship, Royal Oak (and also, the British battle cruiser, Repulse, they believed), on October 14, 1939.
German Chancellor Adolf Hitler reoccupies the Rhineland and denounces the Locarno Pact in 1936. The signing of the Locarno Treaties in London, England in 1925. Officials arrive at the building where the Locarno Treaties are to be signed. Chancellor Hans Luther of Germany affixes his signature to the Locarno Treaty assuring peace to all the principal countries of Europe. At the head of the table in the center are Stanley Baldwin and Sir Austin Chamberlain, leaders of the British Delegation. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler violates the Treaty of Versailles on 7th March 1936 by sending German military forces into the Rhineland, a demilitarized zone along the Rhine River in western Germany. German troops march over the Hohenzollern bridge in Cologne, Germany. The troops march along a road. Cologne Cathedral in the background. A German crowd cheers as the troops parade. Swastika banners hang from buildings. German troops parading in Dusseldorf. The troops on horseback and horse-carriages pass along narrow streets of Dusseldorf. Parading troops are cheered by a crowd in Frankfurt am Main. German troops parade in front of a building during a wreath laying ceremony followed by Chancellor Hitler and other Nazi officials. Newspaper headlines about Hitler denouncing the Locarno Pact. A government minister with press. French Prime Minister Albert Sarraut at a microphone reassures the security of France. Belgium soldiers march along a street.
German Navy officers and sailors (including Walter Gerhold, who won the Knight's Cross for his one man mini-submarine [Neger] attack on the Polish Cruiser Dragon in July 1944) arrive by train and are greeted by affiliated Hitler youth in Berlin, during World War 2. Accompanied by a contingent of Navy-related Hitler youth boys, they board a bus and are waved at by a group of Hitler youth girls, as they depart. View inside the bus of a young Kriegsmarine (Navy) officer sitting with admiring Hitler youth in Navy-style uniforms. Next they are seen meeting the National German Youth Leader (Reichsjugendleiter) Artur Axmann, in uniform. One of the boys is then fitted out in flotation gear,helmet, and breathing apparatus of a Marder human torpedo operator. The boys gather around a Marder, one-man submarine. Closeup of some boys shows "11/184 Kiel,"on their hats, indicating the Youth unit to which they belong. The boy dressed in operators gear, now sits in the cockpit of the Marder submarine. A sailor shows him how to aim it. Those gathered around, tap on the plexiglass cockpit of the submarine. An experienced sailor tells the boys about using such a weapon against English ships and amuses them with personal stories.