Two Truckloads of Prussian soldiers drive into the Rhineland city of Koblenz to reinforce it during World War 1. They park near a shuttered Merchant hall and climb down to the street. They assemble and pose for the camera standing around a machine gun set up on the pavement. Scene shifts to view of an old fort partially destroyed.
Germany's military resurgence from the end of World War I through its reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936 and union with Austria in 1938. German war materiel piled up in scrap yards and aircraft engines being destroyed in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles after World War 1. Smoke stacks of war plants being toppled, aircraft hangars being destroyed, and warships being scuttled. German postwar armored cars for training. A soldier flexes the rubber gun barrel on one of them. French forces, including Colonials, occupying Coblenz (Koblenz) in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, after World War I. French soldiers on guard at the railroad station as a train pulls in. French colonial troops tending to their horses. A British soldier standing guard in front of a building displaying a placard with the Union Jack and word:"General Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, No.1 Building." French troops stationed in front of their headquarters and patrolling fences across railroad tracks at their occupational boundary. A large film slate announcing that the Rheinland is again free, followed by scenes of German troops re-occupying the Rhineland in 1936. Local citizens cheer the troops, who parade through a city and along the banks of the Rhein River. German sentries posted at The "Deutsche Eck" in Koblenz beside the monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Sign demarking boundary of Austria. Border guards opening the gates and German troops entering as crowds cheer. Adolf Hitler speaking before a huge crowd,immediately following the Anschluss (union of Germany with Austria) on 12 March 1938.
Street fighting between U.S. soldiers and prisoners in Koblenz, Germany during World War II. The prisoners with their hands on the heads. A soldier talks over a handie talkie near a damaged building. The prisoners march down a street. Damaged buildings in the background. A sign board reads "Koblenz".
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.
War destroyed buildings of Koblenz, Germany during World War 2 (sometimes spelled Coblenz). A lone soldier walks through deserted streets. Destroyed buildings and rubble everywhere. A dead soldier lies on the street. Aerial view of city showing damaged buildings and statues. Desolate and deserted streets. A equestrian statue of the Emperor Wilhelm I is shown toppled over, with the entire equestrian statue on its side.
Street fighting between U.S. soldiers and prisoners in Koblenz, Germany during World War II. The prisoners walk through the streets. Damaged buildings on either side of the streets. A patrol advances through rubble filled streets. They look for snipers. The damage in the town. A soldier hides in a window of a corner of a damaged building. Other soldiers take cover behind debris of damaged buildings.