A group of uniformed Luxemberger National Partei (LNP) members lead a parade across the Adolphe Bridge across the Pétrusse River, in Luxembourg, during World War 2. The State Savings Bank building is seen in the background. They are followed by large numbers of LNP men in dark trousers, white shirts, and dark ties, wearing swastika arm bands. Scene shifts to center of city where spectators line the sidewalks to watch the parade. The parade proceeds toward the Luxembourg Railway Station (bahnhof), where a small group of Luxemburger Volksjugend (LVJ), an organization similar to the Hitler Youth, are seen marching. Spectators acknowledge them with Nazi salutes. Scene changes to a courtyard where volunteer Luxembourg soldiers present arms as German Army officers descend steps from a building, to review them and contingents of LNP and LVJ. Senior German Nazi Party official, Gauleiter Gustav Simon, leads the reviewing group. A Luxembourg military band plays. Closeup of Luxembourg soldiers. Boys and girls of the LVJ youth render the Nazi salute.
Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and others as Italy joins Germany in declaring war against Britain and France June 10, 1940. Animated map illustrates possible Axis war plans. Aerial view of Maginot line. Fire burning from German bombing in Scandinavia. Windmill turning in Holland.Map outlines Allied strategy for defense. Views of the Ardennes Forest. French Generals examining map. British Field Marshal John Vereker (Viscount Gort) studying map with two Generals.Narrator states they dismissed German attack through the Ardennes. May 9, 1940,News headline reports German troops on move. Netherlands and French troops mobilizing. Recruits board trains. Exterior of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) at Montmartre, Paris. People lighting candles. Statue of Madonna and Child. Views of several churches. A Catholic Bishop blessing people. People kneeling in prayer. Hitler and other Nazi leaders, including Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, Hess and Rohm, haranguing crowds. Hermann Goering leading crowd in salutes. Ludwig Muller, Reichsbischof, Hitler supporter. Many views of Germans shouting Sieg Heil. German troops moving out on May 10, 1940. Hermann Goering, chief of Luftwaffe, in uniform. German pilots run to airplanes. Ju-87 Stukas take off. D0-17 bombers take off. German tanks, motorcycle troops, armor and infantry cross borders of Luxembourg, Belgium, and Holland. Map depicts action. German forces destroy obstacles at border crossings and move past windmill in Holland.He-111 bombers in flight. German paratroops jump from Ju-52 transport over Rotterdam. They capture key facilities. Troops riding on tanks. Dutch General Henri Gerard Winkelman walks with German officer over Maas-bridges in Rotterdam. He and delegation enter building at Rijsoord to sign surrender on May 15, 1940. German bombers destroy Rotterdam. View of German bomber bomb bay doors open and bombs away toward targets. The city in flames, with sound. Remains of the city. Numerous dead civilians.
View of the Peace Treaty between Germany and Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, signed on 6th October 1939. The treaty breached on May 10th, 1940, Germany launched a massive attack on the above mentioned countries. Scenes of fire and destruction as aerial bombing by Luftwaffe leaves devastation in Belgium, Holland, and Luxembourg. Nazi troops take over the cities. German troops marching at night while buildings in the target cities burn in the background.
Film opens with date: 10 May 1940 (date of the German invasion of Luxembourg, Holland, and Belgium, in World War 2). Huge precise formation of German soldiers is shown. Alternating closeups of individual soldiers and camera pans across the formation. Animated map shows Germany, Belgium, France and Holland, plus Rein River, City of Lille, and Paris. It shows positions of English and French armies, ostensibly attacking from France, across Belgium and Holland, toward the German Ruhr region (but actually moving to repulse the German offensive). Belgian troops advancing on motorcycles past sandbagged buildings. The French border being opened followed by many French military vehicles, including trucks, trailers, artillery pieces, and some French Lorraine 37 tracked vehicles. A steam locomotive pulls a boxcar troop train. Many of the Allied soldiers sit in its doorways with their legs dangling. A French Char B1 heavy tank rumbles along a road. French light tanks. More views of Allied troops, including French Colonials, marching through towns and villages.
Closeup of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force, General the Vicount Lord Gort, with another British Commander.British troops in armored personnel carriers. British troops marching as someone is hear singing in background, about "washing day on the Siegfried line." Several British self-propelled heavy guns in motion. German army engineers detonating a charge followed by large explosions.
Bow view of Allied destroyer plunging through seas during World War 2. A supply ship sinking in the Atlantic. A lifeboat filled with survivors from a sunken ship. A freighter with stern in the air as she sinks. Survivors in the water and on a lifeboat. French troops deploying into the Maginot Line. They ride narrow gauge subway cars inside the fortress complex. View of Copenhagen, Denmark. German troops marching into Denmark. Smoke rising from bombed areas of Norway. Norwegians watch from sidewalk as German troops march into their city. Fires burning at night in Norway. German self-propelled heavy guns during invasion of Holland and Belgium, on May 9, 1940. They are followed by numerous Panzer II tanks. German trucks and motorized weapons moving through the low countries and from behind, past dragon's teeth antitank barriers, of the Maginot Line. German soldiers with machine guns aboard a train headed toward France. German troops destroying border barriers as they proceed through Holland, Belgium, and Luxembourg. They pass a large windmill. German motorcycle troops. A formation of German single-engine twin-tailed aircraft in flight overhead. (possibly early versions of Ju-87?)
German attacks on other nations during World War 2. A sign reads 'Belgique' near a building. Germans in Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland and France. German soldiers on tanks and other military vehicles as they advance in blitzkrieg (lightning war).. They advance through the Dutch farmlands. German Ju-52 planes fly in formation and drop paratroopers. The destruction of Rottterdam by heavy German bombardment. People bury their dead at cemetery.. French refugees leave their cities. Adolf Hitler looks at the Eiffel tower in Paris, with other German officials, during occupation of France. Aerial view of the city. German bombers attack London, England (the blitz). Shattered equipment on the ground and destroyed buildings. Hitler observes the German Western Wall defenses. The battle and Allied evacuation of Dunkirk. White cliffs of Dover Sea shore in view. Map depicts German positions. The Battle of Britain. British spitfire planes attack German bombers. Children being evacuated from London and Paris. Firing and bombardment at night during blitzkrieg. Rubble being cleared. British men and women working in munitions and aircraft factories. Hitler and Goering with others in the railroad carriage where French authorities surrender at Compiegne in June, 1940. German forces attacking the Soviet Union, with tanks, infantry and warplanes, in Operation Barbarossa, on June 22, 1941.The mobilization of Soviet defense forces.