Opening scene shows the Monument to the Battle of the Nations erected in Leipzig, in 1913, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the epic battle of Leipzig, and the defeat of Napoleon by a coalition of allies arrayed against the French. Notable are images of Teutonic knights standing guard around the upper periphery of the monument. Closeup of the base of the monument and entranceway. Some signs of war damage are visible. Camera pans upward. An American soldier is seen in lower left foreground, manning an M45 Browning .50 caliber Quadmount anti-aircraft gun. Camera continues to pan over details of the monument. (World War 2; WWII; WW2)
Tanks of the United States Army and infantry men drive in the streets of Leipzig in Germany after taking it over during World War II. Sign board 'Leipzig 69th Infantry Division'. A dead German military officer's body covered with overcoat. Dead bodies of Deputy Mayor of Leipzig, his wife and daughter. They were Deputy Mayor and Municipal Treasurer Dr. jur. Ernst Kurt Lisso, at his desk, his wife Renate Stephanie, in chair, and their daughter Regina Lisso after committing suicide by cyanide in the Leipzig New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). Damaged buildings in Leipzig. Scattered waste and debris of demolished buildings from Allied bombing.
Kaiser William II, ruler of the German Empire dedicates a monument to his forefathers, 100 years after they defeated Napoleon, in the Battle of the Nations (aka Battle of Leipzig). The Kaiser seen with his officers. A large crowd gathered to witness the ceremony. The parade with Kaiser William II followed by rulers of the three kingdoms of Saxony, Bavaria and Wurttemberg, and their troops in full war regalia. Kaiser and the kings arrive at the venue of the monument. Crowd holding flags in honor of the Kaiser. The Kaiser and other officials walk away after the ceremony.
British Members of Parliament (MP) visit sites of German atrocities including Buchenwald, Bergen-Belsen,. The Members of Parliament at a concentration camp witness piles of dead bodies of German prisoners, a whipping block, the crematory ovens. The MPs also visit the Belsen camp of political prisoners. Starving and dead prisoners at the camp. Ground near the camp covered with dead bodies. A mass grave with piles of dead bodies. Dead bodies of prisoners burnt, shot, fired and trapped in barbwires. Scenes of Chief Warden and commander Josef Kramer, Gestapo guards, and women guards of the Belsen camp arrested. Security guards of the camp arrested. Escaped prisoners of a Stalig near Leipzig guide the MPs towards more jails and dead bodies killed when trying to escape the burning building. Dead bodies of Germans in Leipzig who committed suicide by cyanide poisoning before being captured, including Deputy Mayor and Municipal Treasurer Dr. jur. Ernst Kurt Lisso, at his desk, his wife Renate Stephanie, in chair, and their daughter Regina Lisso, all in the Leipzig New Town Hall (Neues Rathaus). Body of Volksarmee General, who also died by suicide.
A Nazi ammunition dump in Leipzig, Germany. Ammunition dump in the country side near Leipzig, Germany, possibly at Altenhain, with a railroad track in the foreground. Ammunition bunker, Ammunition stacked up under covers. A camouflage cover over stacks of ammunition. Buildings at ammunition dump in the background. A sign in German means 'ammunition dump'. A Nazi eagle and Swastika. A German sign warns people against using fire near ammunition dump. Tanks roll past the ammunition dump.
U.S. troops move captured German troops at end of World War II near Leipzig, Germany. Many liberated Allied prisoners of war are also seen. Sikh soldiers from India wave. Other Allied soldiers wave and smile. Repatriated English soldiers. German prisoners lined up. German prisoners enter a cage. German prisoners ford the Mulde River. Location is Wurzen, 25 km east of Leipzig, Germany.