European Advisory Commission meeting to sign the protocol between the Allies on the occupation zones in Germany at Lancaster House London. Chairman Feodor Tarasovich Gousev of Russia, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to the government of Great Britain; John Gilbart Winant, American ambassador to Great Britain and Sir William Strang, UK representative on European Advisory Commission enter and have a discussion. View of Advisory Commission with Mons. Gousev at head of table and other military advisors with Sir Strang at top left. Diplomats can be seen talking to each other. 12 September 1944.
Three representatives of the United Nations, heading a European Advisory Commission, in talks at Lancaster House in London, England during World War II. Sir William Strang of Great Britain, F.T. Gousev of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics ( USSR) , John Winant of the USA and others seated at a table.
Completion of first Canadian Lancaster bomber KB-700. Workers and engineers in manufacturing plant finalize the work of Lancaster production. Overhead view of entire length of aircraft in factory while under construction. Air Force Officers inspect the built aircraft. Celebration and inaugural ceremony of the Lancaster aircraft with musical bands, cheering people visible in the background. Aircraft moves out from the aircraft factory hangar, "VICTORY" written on the top of the hangar at the plant, Victory Aircraft Limited. Flight crew members along with a dog, climb up in the aircraft. Views of interior of Lancaster bomber, main corridor, and cockpit and controls. Aircraft named the "Ruhr Express", takes off from Canada for its first flight to England. View of it flying over waters with ice. Aircraft lands on the concrete runway in London. Senior Air force officers and other dignitaries receive the flight crew members. Address from Sir Stafford Cripps, British minister of aircraft production with emphasis on the capability of the Canadian Lancaster. Air Force Officers in briefing preparing for attack on Berlin.
German rocket pioneer, Gerhard Zucker, attempting to develop postal rockets in the 1930s. Location is Wadden Sea off Cuxhaven, on April 9, 1933, where Zucker follows Nazi Stormtroopers carrying the mail rocket across wet sands. The rocket is set up on a launch stand. Zucker and an assistant ignite the 8 side rockets and the mail rocket takes off. It noses up and loops over backwards, falling to the sand. Stormtroopers lift up the damaged device. Next, is seen a later, more modern, rocket trial ending in failure. Two German engineers display a model similar to the pulse-jet-powered "buzz bomb" (V-1) employed by the Nazis in World War 2. A brief glimpse of similar American machine on sand flat, as narrator states German acknowledgement of knowledge gleaned from Dr. Robert Goddard's work. A German V-1 flying bomb (aka Doodle Bug) being launched in 1944, during World War 2. View of British houses of Parliament, London, England; an air raid shelter sign in City of Westminster. Londoners waiting out a raid in the shelter. Scenes of fire and destruction during German bombing of London, as narrator speaks about the more advanced German V-2 ballistic missiles employed later in the war. Londoners trudging through debris amongst bombed out buildings. Change of scene to U.S. infantry and armor advancing deep into Germany. Narrator refers to them overrunning rocket bases and other vital war-making facilities, near the end of the war. Glimpse of large number of German prisoners of war. Documents of military surrender being signed by Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, in Berlin, May 8, 1945. Closeup of Keitel. Scenes of American forces operating in Pacific theater. Aerial view of atomic bomb explosion. Japanese surrender ceremony on September 2, 1945, aboard the battleship USS Missouri. U.S. servicemen returning home and greeting loved ones. View of Pentagon building. U.S. troops boarding a ship in San Francisco, bound for war again, this time in Korea (1950).
Map showing Cherbourg, and Caen, further up the peninsula, in France during World War 2.German forces preparing to defend Caen. Nazi SS troops and armored divisions moving into positions.Scenes of Allied forces battling for Caen (much at dusk or nighttime).Sky filled with Allied warplanes.Bombs falling and smoke rising from targets. British infantry crouched beside a road. British Avro Lancaster bomber in flight. Bombs exploding on the ground.Smoking ruins of buildings.1st Canadian Army troops moving into the wartorn city.Street-to-street and house-to-house fighting in Caen. Residents of Caen emerge from shelters onto streets, after fighting ceases.A small boy picks up an apple from the street and eats it. A soldier of the Polish 1st Division is seen. British 7th Armoured Division (the Desert Rats) and infantry advancing out of Caen. British forces in heavy fire fights with German defenders around Falaise.
Nazi Germans defeated and normal life of civilians in France. Precision Bombing: British Lancaster bomber aircraft in flight. View from bomb bay doors as the Lancasters drop bombs on U-boat pens at Brest. Explosions and smoke rise. The aircraft drop bombs over ground installation over enemy area. Canadian troops: Troops advance through a burning coastal town in France. Buildings collapsing and gunfire in streets. Smoke rising. Ruins of destroyed French town are seen. Allied Army tanks advance and fire artillery. German prisoners of war from Wehrmacht 7th and 15th armies being marched under watch by Canadian forces. Among the German prisoners is a 13 year old Russian boy who was forced to work by the Nazis. German prisoners in a soup line and seen drinking from mugs. U.S. Army soldiers in Le Mans: Yanks get welcome by civilians of France. Happy French civilians waving to U.S. forces including a happy young woman who runs forward and pats a U.S. Army tank with her hand. Collaborationists who assisted the Germans are rounded up by French and marched away. U.S. Army soldiers seated at stools in a French bar drink as the bar maid pours more into their glasses. French civilians line up at shops and groceries to buy food and goods in Le Mans. Pictures of General De Gaulle for sale. American women in U.S. Army uniforms look in shop windows at French fashions. Voting cards: U.S. Army troops read pamphlets that read "requirement of soldiers to vote" and "Soldiers Voting". The U.S. Army GI's receive and mail postcards to their homes requesting absentee voting ballots for the upcoming November 1944 election. The soldiers line up to secure their application cards for absentee ballots.