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).
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.
Film opens showing devastated snow-covered remains of Peterhof Palace and its fountains, in Leningrad, after the Russians ended the siege of that city in January, 1944 of World War II. The next scenes show crowds gathered on 25 August, 1946, to celebrate the newly restored fountains, which are seen spraying water again. (Narrator notes that Russians now call the place Petrodvorets, meaning Peter's Palace.) An official speaks, at the ceremony, about the architecture of Petrodvorets and its cultural masterpieces still to be restored. Glimpse of statuary and array of fountains. Closeup of several young women holding flowers. Another shot of the fountains spraying along both sides of a central pond, with spectators crowded along the extreme sides near lines of trees.
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.
After effects of German attack on the Soviet Union during World War II. Soviet cavalry units advance. Soviet troops loaded onto trucks advance to confront German forces beginning their siege. The city of Leningrad with various scenes of Leningrad landmarks before the bombing and siege, including the Winter Palace and Narva Triumphal Arch. Cars on a busy street with St Isaac's Cathedral in backround. Statue of Lenin. Equestrian statue of Peter the Great. Various government buildings of Leningrad. Street car trolleys and buses on roads. A ship at a port as supplies are unloaded. Soldiers march into the city. Civilians dig trenches and erect barricades in the wake of German attack. Women and children help in digging and fortifying the city against attack by Germany.
After bombing Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) in Soviet Union, German forces besiege the city. Soviet troops with weapons in snow covered areas of Leningrad. Soviet tanks on the streets and soldiers escort an inflated barrage balloon down a street. Russian anti-aircraft guns setup and manned in Saint Isaac's Square, with St. Isaac's Cathedral in the background. Russian citizens move about in bitter cold and snowy winter conditions. Some pull sleds with belongings along bomb-damaged streets. Russian soldiers in trenches outside the city work to defend the city. A Russian soldier with a frozen moustache. Soviet soldiers in winter coats lay prone in the snow with rifles and machine guns ready. Dragons teeth anti tank obstacles seen at city edges. Civlians facing disease and famine walk in the streets and gather together. People stand over a frozen blanked-covered body on a street. A man pulls another person hunched over in a sled. A train locomotive covered in snow, idle with no fuel. Idle streetcar trolleys in the streets covered with snow, as there is no electric power to operate them. Streets filled with workers walking to work. After water is shut off due to frozen pipes, civilians gather around a hole dug in the streets and a ditch alongside a street to get to water. They dip buckets into water-filled holes and trenches in the city. A sign describes food rations allowed. Baker cuts bread ration for a civilian factory worker. An army of civilian women workers gather together in the streets to dig and remove rubble from the streets to try to ward off disease and contamination.