German Operation Barbarossa in World War 2. View from Adolf Hitler's Ju 52 transport plane, of the city of Minsk, Belarus, below. Hitler silhouetted in profile against the window. View from window as the airplane taxis to parking place. Closeup of enthusiastic German troops cheering Hitler, as he descends steps from the plane. General Field marshal Von Block greets Hitler, Inside German headquarters, Von Bock points to a large map and briefs Hitler on the military situation and operations. Animated map depicts miliary movements from Bialystock to Minsk and then further to Smolensk. German armor is seen pursuing Soviet forces, who have left buildings burning in scorched earth retreat. German troops firing light field artillery (10.5 cm leFH 18 leichte FeldHaubitze) and advancing through smoke over rough terrain. They flush Soviet defenders out of their fortifications. Brief view of destroyed reinforced bunker. Panzer light and medium tanks and move at high speed along roads, cross bridges and waterways and close a ring around Minsk. German and Soviet armor confront each other at close range. As the Germans fire, some soviet vehicles abandon the roadway to escape. German tanks continue to roll, raising clouds of dust. Tanks fire across open fields of grain. Smoke rises from shell strikes. German gunners set up and fire batteries of mixed field artillery including light, medium and heavy guns. Infantry moving house to house in villages. View from behind German gunners firing a maching gun from partially protected position. They duck for cover as enemy round flies close overhead. Soviet prisoners double-time marching along a road.
A visit to a Camp Near Minsk, Belarus. Head of the Schutzstaffel (SS) Heinrich Himmler visits Minsk and a concentration camp near Minsk. Himmler with group of German officers, including Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, Karl Wolff, Otto Bradfisch (Leader of Einsatzkommando 8, Einsatzgruppe B, possibly Hans-Adolf Pruetzmann and Hermann Fegelein. Minsk streets. Himmler greets small line of uniformed men and salutes people on balcony. His car leaves city. Himmler seated in a car, Bach-Zelewski far right, gestures to local woman wearing kerchief. Himmler and others including Wolff and Bach-Zelewski walk through field of cut wheat, talk to young boy who answers. Himmler looks at front end of Russian farm equipment and walks past houses being built. Car leaves huge compound serving as SS/SD headquarters. Drives through Minsk, views of destruction. Outside town, walks into wire enclosed compound, met by German officers. Walks along wire on other side of which are many Soviet prisoners, talks to one prisoner and inspects camp, accompanied by Karl Wolff and others.
German leader Heinrich Himmler visits a camp near Minsk. He is accompanied by other German officers. Several men stand on stairs of a building. German officers stand in a line. Heinrich Himmler meets and talks to them. Several men stand on a balcony. Heinrich Himmler waves to them. His car leaves the area. Heinrich Himmler stops the car and talk to people, including a young boy, working in fields. The car moves on a road. Buildings in the background. He arrives at Minsk Ghetto. Wire fencing on the boundaries of the camp. The prisoners sit on the other side of wiring. He tours the camp area.
Map shows border of East Prussia and the Soviet Union. Arrow points to Brest-Litovsk (now Brest, Belarus) one of the first targets in Nazi operation Barbarossa, during World War 2. . German 15cm K39 (15cmKanone39) heavy artillery bombarding the Soviet fortress at Brest. Closeup of gun breech. German troops hunkered down in craters and trenches near buildings. More views of German heavy artillery firing from camouflaged positions. Smoke rising from the German bombardment. German infantry moving forward and approaching Brest Fortress. German soldiers in shell craters, observing as the shelling destroys buildings nearby. View of destroyed and burning structures. Soviet defenders of the garrison standing with hands raised, surrendering under white flags. A surrendered Soviet soldier stands on a hill waving his hat to others telling them it is safe to surrender. Other Soviet soldiers coming foreward from their defensive positions to surrender. Soviet POWs huddled together near a Soviet T-18 light tank (aka MS-1) inside part of the Brest Fortress. German officers surveying the situation. Damaged bridge over the Bug River. Surrendering Soviet troops use a rope to help cross river at bombed out section. Wounded Soviet soldiers with first aid bandages, lying on bank of river. Other Soviet POWs under German guard nearby. A soviet prisoner plays a harmonica. More views of destroyed and burning structures. German infantry running across a road, under fire from Soviet defenders. German troops entering the main part of the Brest Citadel, and fighting against stubborn Soviet snipers. Camera pans across destruction in and around the fortress. A dead Soviet soldier slumped in the seat of a vehicle. Others on the ground near a Soviet Army truck. A long line of Soviet soldiers taken prisoners of war, walking under German guard. The City Hall of Brest With German soldier standing guard. People of the city going about their everyday activities, under German occupation.
German forces take Minsk and advance to the Soviet Union early in their World War 2 Operation Barbarossa. German soldiers dive for cover as a shell explodes, during their house-to-house operations. One waves unarmed surrendering Soviet soldiers forward. Several other surrendering Soviet soldiers run along a dirt roadside. Some are also seen at a German field red cross tent where German medical corpsmen are standing. Soldiers hit the dirt as more shells strike nearby. Closeups of some Soviet prisoners. German Ju 87 Dive bombers are seen high above, and then closeup as they dive. Glimpse of German pilot in cockpit. Bombs striking ground. Dive bombers pulling out. Bombs exploding. Camera focuses on bomb falling from a Ju 87, and tracks it until it explodes on the ground. A German artillery spotter watches as a gun crew fires a 10.5cm le FH 18 howitzer. The shell explodes with white smoke and debris flies into the air. Glimpse of German soldiers watching as a gunner fires a 2cm Flak 38 antiaircraft gun at zero elevation. More artillery firing. A farm building is completely destroyed by an exploding heavy artillery shell. German troops walk past burning armor. Knocked out and burning tanks and other vehicles line the sides of the road to Minsk. But it is now open and a line of German troops with horse-drawn supply wagons moves ahead. Some mounted officers proceed as well. Trucks and armor follow, including a StuG III self-propelled gun armed with a short-barreled 75-mm gun. Scenes of total destruction. German long guns firing in flat lands as they continue advance to the Dnieper River. German 17 Cm Kanone 18 guns firing toward Stalin Line fortifications. Huge explosions seen as shells explode in distance. A fire raging in distance. More German artillery firing. German infantry advancing after the artillery barrages. Obstacles at Soviet lines of defense that German infantry must breach or bypass. German infantry entering a village. One throws a hand grenade and they both drop to the ground as it explodes on a small building. German soldier firing a light machine gun. Sounds of heavy artillery and views of battle damaged buildings and fortifications. Captured Soviet prisoners walk with hands above their heads. Closeups of some. Aerial view of a destroyed fort on the Stalin line and destroyed buildings all around it.
German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. An animated map of Minsk and the surrounding area. German tanks of anti sniper squad roll across a field. Enemy material and equipment on fire. Columns of smoke rise. Infantrymen advance across an area. Artillery mounted on the tanks fire. Enemy tanks burn. Soviet prisoners being made to march. A German tank crew.