Battles fought by Russians fighting military invasion from Germany during World War II. Air raid sirens sound and streets of Leningrad. Civilian men, women, and children running for cover in Leningrad as German Luftwaffe bombers raid and blitz Leningrad. Empty streets of Leningrad with idle streetcar trolleys just before German bombing attack. Civilian men and women aircraft spotters track German planes. Russian Anti Aircraft guns follow the course of of the German planes and fire. Aerial bombs away view as bombs dropped by German aircraft and explosions seen at ground level as Soviet buildings are destroyed by bombing. Bombing continues at night. Russian firemen fight fires on burning buildings of Leningrad. Ruins of buildings destroyed by bombing. Rescuers in rubble rescue people and civilians clear rubble. Elephant at Leningrad zoo killed in bombing. Animated map shows Leningrad surrounded by German Army during siege of Leningrad.
View of cold and snowy conditions in Leningrad during German siege of Leningrad in World War 2. A soviet soldier stands on a frozen river under a Russian bridge. Road is constructed over frozen Lake Ladoga in Leningrad, Soviet Union. View of plows and grading trucks clearing snow and preparing the road bed over ice. Convoys of trucks bring in food (a truck filled with butchered meat), oil fuel, grain, medicine and other supplies across Lake Ladoga for the people in Leningrad. Nazi planes drop bombs over convoy of supply trucks on Lake Ladoga. Bombs away views as bombs leave German bombers. Soviet anti-aircraft guns stationed on frozen Lake Ladoga fire at Luftwaffe aircraft. Railroad track laid over the ice of Lake Ladoga and freight train locomotive with sign "To the heroes of Leningrad" (translated) carries essential supplies across the lake. Russian civilians gather at train depots in Leingrad to offload supplies and to load sick and injured men, women, and children. A young Russian child bundled up on a sled at the train station. Soviet Russian soldiers in winter white camouflage charge forward on a battlefield toward German targets on the outskirts of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg).
Ice melting and water flowing as Spring comes to Leningrad following winter siege by Germany in World War 2. Crosses from Nazi graves wash away into streams. Convoy trucks continue to drive on the melting ice of Lake Ladoga. Group of children in Leningrad enjoy a walk outside. A child rides a tricycle. A woman washes windows of a trolley. Point of view (POV) shot of driving trolley in Leningrad, showing controls. People board trolley. Soviet women soldiers from Army and women sailors from women's Navy corps walking. Wide shot of Leningrad with trolley running. Dancers from the famous ballet theater board a Soviet battleship. Dancers perform traditional dances while sailors play violin and other instruments. Sailors watch as dancers leave ship in small boat. Woman spits on German prisoners of war POWs as they are marched through the streets of Leningrad. Soviet citizen soldiers or militia march in procession holding rifles with fixed bayonet.
Film opens showing Adolf Hitler, in World War 2, with Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch, Army Commander-in-Chief, and other top military members, planning for Operation Barbarossa (Attack to the East toward the Soviet Union). As he walks away from the table, he speaks briefly to Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, head of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy). Next Hitler and Marshall Hermann Goering are seen strolling and conversing at the Eastern Front headquarters, "the wolf's lair," (Wolfschanze) near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). Scene shifts to the Soviet Union, where Joseph Stalin is seen speaking at a podium. A large outdoor audience, including some soldiers, is gathered to listen. Images showing the Soviet people responding to defend against the German Nazi invasion. Closeup of Soviet soldiers with shouldered weapons. The nearest is holding a PPSh-41 submachine gun. Closeups of Soviet women and men in military uniforms. Soviet citizens heading to enlist in the military. Soldiers marching loosely n a city street. Patriotic singing is heard in background. A formation of Soviet women marching. Some carry furled banners. Soviet women carrying simple farm implements, marching in a rural part of Russia and joining others who are working to prepare anti-tank ditches and barriers in the countryside. Views of hundreds of people working on this project. Weapons being provided to rural Soviet guerrillas who will operate behind enemy lines. Anti-aircraft guns being set up overlooking a harbor. Closeup of Soviet soldiers manipulating controls on a camouflaged anti-aircraft gun and others maneuvering a four-barreled anti-aircraft machine gun. Local farm family members on makeshift towers keeping watch over huge fields of wheat. Soviet farmers harvesting the wheat with scythes. An armed farmer shielding his eyes as he searches the skies for German airplanes. Closeup of a man cutting wheat with a scythe as women gather the sheaves behind him. Motorized harvesters at work in a field of wheat. Closeup of a woman operating one. Tractors used in harvesting. Women and children gleaning what remains behind in the harvested fields. Farmers driving their cattle East (away from advancing Germans). Evacuating Soviet people employ a scorched earth policy, burning their homes, barns, and anything that might be of value to advancing German forces. Views of burning houses. Soviet industrial enterprises working around the clock producing war materiel. Seen are petroleum facilities; a large plant expelling coke; coal pouring into a barge; men at work at a steel furnace; ribbons of hot steel moving out of rollers; a huge manufacturing plant in operation. Next, a Soviet Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tank is seen moving across a field. Russian Ploikarpov 1-16 fighter planes in flight. A large formation of German Dornier DO 17 bombers in flight high overhead. Soviet forces retreating. Views of fallen German soldiers, fires burning, and remnants of a downed German bomber. German prisoners of war marching under guard and others surrendering with hands in the air. Closeups of some German prisoners. A Russian Petlyakov Pe-2 aircraft parked in snow with engines running. Fallen German soldiers lying in the snow along a roadway, in Winter of 1941-42. A Russian Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tank maneuvering in the snow. Russian Bt-7 Light Cavalry Tanks proceeding toward the front in Springtime, 1942.
German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. German Pz.35t tanks and troops advance towards Leningrad. Explosions occur. Night time advancement of German armor and tanks, setting fires and burning areas as they advance. German artillery being fired at night as flashes occur in the dark. Artillery being fired across a river. German assault troops load into boats to cross the river. Aerial side view of German Luftwaffe bombers and pursuit aircraft in flight, including close-up views with pilots visible in cockpit. Infantry shock troops on bicycles wait to cross the river (Neva ?) in a captured river steamer. German troops advance through outskirts of the city on horseback and with loading equipment trailers. A wrecked through arch bridge being repaired by German engineers. Other damaged bridges in Leningrad. Smoke rises as German Pz.II and Pz.IV tanks roll past.
Views about 10 months into the German siege of Leningrad in World War 2. Isaakievskiy (St. Isaac's) cathedral and other buildings on Vorovsky Square (Isaak Square) in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) as viewed from Mariinsky Palace. (They appear relatively unscathed.) The Monument to Nicholas I is in the center. Boats and ships are docked along the Neva River. Two youths stand atop a building and look at smoke rising across the river from buildings being shelled by German forces. Closeup of buildings being destroyed by German shelling. A small boy helps pick up rubble from the streets. A woman is helped to her feet by a Soviet soldier. Scenes of destruction everywhere. Broken windows, stones falling from buildings, an abandoned doll on a window sill. A dead child lying on stairs. A woman weeping. A young boy holding his hat in his hands and looking sadly in mourning. A mother with a baby. People standing about in sorrow and shock. 14-inch Soviet coastal guns firing, from under camouflage netting, at German positions.