German campaign in Russia. Dead bodies of Russian soldiers and demolished vehicles. Horse drawn carriages and troops advance. German officers congratulate their troops.
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.
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.
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 troops on the Eastern Front, invading Grodno, Poland (now Hrodna Belarus) during World War II. A map illustrates Eastern Prussian-Lithuanian border and German troop movements into Daugavpils, Kaunas, Brest-Litovsk and Grodno. German troops on horseback and carts on a road, passing by damaged and burning buildings in the village. German Wehrmacht soldiers fire artillery. Smoke arises due to explosion. A German officer points out a target. An industrial chimney collapses. German forces march forward and round up Russian Army prisoners. A wrecked Soviet tank. A dead body lying near a disabled tank. German troops sitting atop a tank as it moves. Elevated view across the Old Bridge spanning the Neman River toward the city of Grodno, with many buildings burning. The Grodno Catholic church of the Discovery of the Holy Cross (Bernardine), also called the Church of the Finding of the Holy Cross, seen rising from the city, with damage to its main steeple. Houses and buildings in the city burning, as German troops move through the city. Brief view of the The Jesuit Cathedral of Grodno (now The Jesuit Cathedral of Hrodna) behind burning buildings, as a German soldier passes by on a motorcyle with sidecar.