German forces repulse attack during Soviet Riga Offensive Operation in Latvia, Estonia, in World War 2. A map shows German-Soviet front around city of Riga, on Eastern Front.. German units repulse a Soviet attack, using artillery, Nebelwerfer rockets, tank destroyers and infantry with Panzerfaust antitank weapons. Medium shot of soldier firing Panzerfaust anti-tank weapon.
Germans forces fight fiercely to hold the line against Soviet forces near Riga, Latvia in World War Two. A map of Baltic States. German infantry advance behind Panther tanks past abandoned equipment. A German Panther commander wearing headphones. Guns and artillery being fired. An enemy plane being destroyed by antiaircraft fire. A Soviet T34-85 tank destroyed by pointblank fire from a German tank. German Pz.III Beobachten, Panther and Tiger tanks advance. Ppanzerfaust, recoilless anti tank weapons and mobile machine guns in action. German Pz.IV tank fires. Soviet positions on Latvian coast being bombarded by German naval forces. Smoke rises due to explosion. A soldier on a tank looks through binoculars. German infantrymen ride on advancing Geman StuG III mobile assault guns. German armored cars fire on a village. A village in flames. Soviet tanks in flames. A soldier smokes a cigarette. Panther tank driver.
Latvian aviation volunteers, who serve with the German Luftwaffe, parade in a ceremony, following training, in Latvia, during World War 2. Opening scene shows the Latvian and German flags flanking a speaker's stand. An honor guard of helmeted Latvian soldiers, with rifles, is seen closeup. A German Luftwaffe (German Air Force) officer stands at the podium and speaks, as large number of young Latvian aviation volunteers listen. Then the Latvian volunteers march, passing in review before German and Latvian officers who render the Nazi salute. Closeup of the parading volunteers. (Not all wear wings, presumably, because many will be serving as mechanics, and in other aviation ground support roles.)
Shows government suppression of Bolsheviks around time of Russian Revolution, and before the 1917 abdication of Tsar Nicholas II, in Russia, and by German forces in post-war Latvia, in 1919. Imperial Russian troops intrude on a gathering of persons ostensibly opposed to Tsarist policies. Slate states such persons are accused of "Pro-Germanism." View of a damaged prison building and high guard tower. View of women and children in a large common cell of the prison. View of prison wall from outside, with barred windows evident. Women walking about inside the prison, as an Imperial Russian guard walks past the cell. View through a barred window. The final short sequence was filmed near Riga, on May 26, 1919, by American Army cameraman, Lieutenant Johnson, who was in Latvia as part of a U.S. post-war relief effort. It shows three Latvian Bolshevik soldiers facing a German firing squad. Boots of the condemned (which were valuable) have been removed. The firing squad executes the Latvian soldiers. Next, the bodies of the victims are seen in a ditch where they had fallen. (Note: This entire film includes a mix of staged theatrical and documentary scenes from various sources, times, and places.)
Animated map shows progress of German surprise June offensive on the Eastern Front in World War 2. Having passed through Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania, German forces now move toward Soviet-occupied Dünaburg (Daugavpils) on the banks of the Daugava River,in Latvia. A German Panzer I tank and infantry on bicycles ride into village on the way. Next, infantry take cover as they receive fire from houses in the village. The soldiers advance cautiously and return small arms fire toward the source. A panzer I tank moves along the road with turret turned and guns (unseen) trained to the side. Fires have broken out among wooden structures. A local resident gives directions to several German soldiers. German infantry search house-to-house for belligerents. Local communist sympathizers are rounded up. Closeup of a woman and two men apprehended. A group of Soviet and Latvian communists sit on the ground, where they are being held. A contingent of German soldiers on horseback ford a stream ahead of horsedrawn artillery pieces and caissons. Closeups of wagon wheels as they roll through the water. A field piece (7.5 cm FK 16 nA) is towed behind one wagon. Troops walk single-file across a narrow plank bridge over a stream. Others help lift bicycles up the steep opposite bank. Local people wave to German army troops marching 3 & 4-abreast in relaxed formation. Women throw flowers at soldiers passing in a staff car. Two panzer II light tanks (SdKfz 121 Panzerkampfwagen II) on a dirt road, raise dust as they pass.
A German soldier sits on churned up earth and rubs his face, as thunderous sound of heavy artillery fire is heard in background. He moves down an enbankment and joins numerous infantry spread out across a wide plain advancing slowly forward. Some motorcycles and other vehicles are seen. The troops move very slowly. Exploding artillery shells raise smoke in the distance. German gunners fire a 105mm howitzer
( 10.5-cm L.F.H. 18). German tanks are spread out across the broad farm plains. A large barn is nearby. Next, troops are seen sheltered amongst trees. Several are hunkered down behind stacked equipment, as they watch tanks advance amidst smoke in the distance. A panzer III tank sits in wooded spot. soldier watches as smoke rises from a building struck by gunfire. View from anti-tank obstacles, as German infantry in background, pass through a defense line as smoke rises from nearby explosion. A building ablaze billowing smoke. German soldiers walking cautiously. Two Soviet soldiers walk forward to surrender, with hands held up. Several Soviet prisoners being processed and some sitting on the ground.