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Nazi armies invade Belgium and the Netherlands in 1940

Invasion of Belgium and the Netherlands by Germany on 10th May, 1940. Belgium: Nazi troops enter Belgian border crossing with armor and infantry, and invade Belgium. Netherlands: German Ju 52 trimotor transport aircraft carry paratroopers who jump over Rotterdam, Netherlands. They land and move against defenders on the ground. Defenders surrendering under white flags. German aircraft bomb parts of Rotterdam and cause a large conflagration at Rotterdam Port. Fires burning in Rotterdam. civilians leaving areas of fire carrying belongings.

Date: 1940, May 10
Duration: 3 min 12 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
German troops advance, French prisoners in a camp, and engineers rebuild railroads and bridges in France and the Low Countries.

The German invasion of France and the Low Countries during World War II. German troops march past a gate. A sign on the wall reads 'Jeanne D'Arc'. The soldiers walk past a statue. Soldiers with war equipment in horse carriages. German officers on horses. Soldiers on motorbikes and on foot. French civilians cheer and salute the Gersmans. Cologne: French POWs (prisoners of war) marched by the Germans. The prisoners at a camp. French African prisoners play cards, smoke, rest. They receive food from their German captors. The soldiers smile and perform a native dance. German troops and horse carts advance through ruins in a town. German engineers supervise the repair of railway tracks in Amsterdam and other parts of the Low Countries. The soldiers build bridges, railroads, tracks and tunnels. A train with a Nazi flag on the engine crosses over a rebuilt railway bridge.

Date: 1940
Duration: 6 min 28 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
German Naval and Airborne attacks during the Norwegian Campaign of World War II.

The first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries during World War II. Animated maps illustrate the East Prussian Corridor. Nazi swastika flags on a building in Germany. German railroads transport war material. Newspaper headlines proclaim war. Animated maps of Norway depict German aggression during the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. German naval units cruise off Norway. German sailors and troops aboard the ships and submarines German paratroopers land in Norway. German aircraft fly over Norwegian mountains. German troops in the fields. Soldiers look through binoculars. German guards outside the Reichstag in Berlin. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler emerges onto a balcony and salutes the Berlin crowds.

Date: 1940
Duration: 1 min 51 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
English and French Armies move towards the Ruhr Area to meet the German advance during World War II.

The first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries during World War II. The main part of the campaign beginning 10 May 1940. Massed German troops lined up in Berlin. Hundreds of young soldiers in uniform. Close-ups of some soldiers' faces. An animated map depicts the movement of the English and French Armies across the French city of Lille towards the Ruhr Area in Germany. Allied vehicles move to meet the German advance. British, French, Belgian, Dutch, and colonial troops move to the front in railway cars, trucks, and on foot. Allied soldiers on motorbikes on a street. Soldiers stand guard at a check post. Tanks, military trucks and motorbikes cross the check post. The convoy moves along. Troops in a train. Tanks on the streets. Soldiers on tanks. Hundreds of soldiers march ahead. Soldiers man artillery and guns. Soldiers use detonators to set off explosions.

Date: 1940, May 10
Duration: 4 min 9 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Blizzard on Western Front. United States tanks, trucks and infantry clear the snow covered road in the Low Countries.

Blizzard conditions on the Western Front during World War II. United States M4 Sherman tanks tanks plow through snow in the Low Countries. Tanks, trucks and infantry struggle along a road. The tanks are camouflaged in white. Snow plows followed by jeep and infantry clear the road. Military police direct traffic. U.S. troops shovel snow. The engineers search for mines along roads and roadside ditches. A signal man talks at a field. Snow covered Piper Grasshopper airplane. telephone. A camouflaged field gun. U.S. troops sled and toboggan with children on snow covered ground.

Date: 1944
Duration: 4 min 50 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Germany under Paul Von Hindenburg during World War I and Adolf Hitler during World War II.

'Sieg im Westen' (Victory in the West) depicts Germany in World War I, and the first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries during World War II. German troops swear loyalty to Nazi germany Fuhrer Adolf Hitler. Panoramic views of the German countryside. Mountains, farmers harvesting crops, German cities, a cathedral, steel mills and coal mines. German troops reviewed at a colonial post. German troops advance during World War I. German President Paul Von Hindenburg and Generalquartiermeister (Quartermaster general) Erich Ludendorff. Animated maps depict powers allied with and arrayed against Germany in WW I, the extent of German advances, and the effect of the Versailles Treaty on Germany's borders. Forts are demolished, cannon and hangars destroyed, ships scuttled, and planes junked. German communists arouse crowds. Communist literature, montage demonstrates hyperinflation during the Weimer Republic. Inflated price posted on food. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler reviews storm troops. Paul Von Hindenberg reviews German troops. German troops train with wooden tanks. French Prime Minister Andre Leon Blum and other officers review a military parade at Champ-Elysees in Paris. Troops march before the Arc de Triomphe. Paul Von Hindenberg appoints Adolf Hitler Reichchancellor. Hitler spades some earth, men build factories, war material production begins, and concrete is laid for an autobahn (freeway). (This clip is the first in a consecutive series of clips comprising the entirety of the production "Sieg Im Westen")

Date: 1940
Duration: 7 min 29 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
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