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.
Women work at a clothing factory in Minsk,Ukraine. A clothing inspector takes a look at the finished garments.
Men work at a leather shoe factory in Minsk,Ukraine. A man cuts leather from a pattern as the other one hammers pegs into a shoe. A man sewing leather is seen. Two men inspect the finished shoes at the factory.
Children seated in their class room write down in their note books as a teacher teaches them at a school in Minsk, Ukraine. A student writes alphabets in the note book. A girl figures, with a sum of Abacus. Another girl reads out aloud from an English text book.