World High Ski Jump Championship in Lahti, Finland. Finland's jumper jumps and slips while landing. A German jumper comes at the fourth position. Another German jumper Helmut Recknagel occupies the third position. Juhani Karkinen of Finland jumps for the first position. An advertisement about the telecast of the Academy Awards.
V K Krishna Menon arrives by car for United Nations meeting in New York City. Ride escalator in building.Representatives of Finland, Thailand, England, Egypt and Israel during meeting. Dignitaries seated
Film opens with a map of Europe showing black-shaded region of the Soviet Union, and pointing out Germany and Finland. Next, are shown moving images of rural buildings on fire in Finland, late in 1939, during the Russo-Finish war. (The Narrator comments that Finland's population was only 4 million while that of the soviets was 180 million.) Soviet bombers are seen high in the sky. A lone woman hurries along a street in Helsinki, Finland, past rubble of a bombed building. Smoke rises in the background. Finish fire fighters man a hose to fight numerous huge fires in Helsinki.Various views of fires blazing in the capital.
View of Red Army parading in Moscow. General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin waves at the marching troops. Map of Finland. Finland during the early days of the Winter War of 1939-40. President Kallio of Finland seated at table during a conference. He bangs a gavel. Traffic moves through the streets of Helsinki. Finnish civilians fleeing Helsinki at a railway station. Finnish civilian men mobilizing. Aircraft in flight. Paratroopers descend and advance on ground. Tanks move on a field. Soldiers riding horse carts beside a railroad track. They fire artillery. Soldiers advance through snow covered terrain in Finland wearing skis.
Gernan involvement in Russo-Finnish war during World War II. Opening scene shows map with arrows indicating movement of German forces from Norway, into Finland to help them defend against the Soviets. A sign wreathed in greenery, at the border,reads Finnland (in German) and Suomi (in Finnish). (Narrator says Finland is no more alone.) Next, a German soldier moves a barrier at the border and German troops on motorcycles, led by a staff car, begin crossing into Finland. They cross a bridge over water. A long line of German trucks, cars and motorcycles moves along a country road. One motorcycle, with sidecar, stops and the two German soldier occupants examine a sign marking the Arctic Circle. A steam locomotive pulling a train leaves a Finnish railroad station. Views from aboard the train as local Finns wave at German soldiers who look out the train windows. Change of scene shows German infantry wading through some snow, (Other places are dry.) They are moving forward and taking up firing positions. Closeup of a German soldier firing his rifle. German gun crew firing a a 7.92mm MG37(t) machine gun. Closeup of the gun firing. German soldiers firing a mortar and the shell exploding in the distance. Closeup of another German gun crew firing an MG37 machine gun. (They are probably from the 6th SS Mountain Division Nord.) Shells exploding as German infantry run forward through light brush. Another 3-man German machine gun crew viewed from behind as they fire their weapon.
German and Finnish military forces retreating in Finland. German military trucks and carts move along a road. Rail tracks and rail cars loaded with luggage and belongings of Finnish citizens retreating as the Soviet forces advance in Finland. The rail station at Kemijarvi Finland and the rail yard piled high with personal belongings of Finnish citizens fleeing. A train laden with belongings of fleeing Finnish refugees. Trucks and troops go on a road. Smoke rises from background.