A film depicts scenes of the rise of the NSDAP (Nazi Party) in Germany from 1921 to 1933. Early parades of Nazi Party and crowd in Germany. Adolf Hitler arrives at Nazi Party meetings. Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels speaks. Party members gives a salute. Demonstration and riot in Munich in Marienplatz area, between Communist KPD members and NSDAP browshirts, and police, known as the Beer Hall Putsch or Munich Putsch in November 1923. Newspaper headlines of Erich Ludendorff and Adolf Hitler jailed. A man writes on a Nazi Party card. Joseph Goebbels at his office. Baldur von Schirach exits a building. Italian members of the Fascist Party arrive by car on visit in Germany.
Period following German elections in March,1933. Newspapers on a billboard with "Adolf Hitler" boldly displayed in print. German SA (Stormtroopers) Headquarters with sign reading: "S.A.Heim, Sturm 16L." Torchlight parade of German SA (Stormtroopers) along a street. Nazi officials stand around. House of labor union with SA troops manning a machine gun in front. Copy of Sunday Morning Post of March 12, 1933. Several Storm troopers marching along the street. SS troopers in black uniforms, mingling with SA (storm troopers) in brown shirts.
Nazi leaders in the dock at Nuremberg trials, including Hermann Goering; Rudolf Hess; Joachim von Ribbentrop; Alfred Jodl; and others. American prosecutor addressing the court. Image Adolf Hitler overlayed by quote from his book, "Mein Kampf." Views of the brawling streets of Munich during the 1920s. Hitler posing with political associates. A Nazi rally with storm troopers AKA Sturmabteilung (SA). A sign displaying swastika in window of a building identifying it as offices of the N.S.D.A.P.(Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei) National Socialist German Workers' Party. Joseph Goebbels in the office, on the telephone. Storm trooper marching band on parade. Goebbels haranging a crowd. Storm troopers marching on parade and receiving Nazi salutes. Marching storm troopers led by Ernst Rohm. Hitler mingling with the Storm Troopers. Contingent of goose-stepping Storm Troopers. Hitler haranging a crowd. Unrest in streets. A 1932 newspaper headline reports rumor of a Storm trooper march to Berlin. Nazi Storm troopers set up a machine gun on a sidewalk. Newspaper of January 30, 1933 reports Hitler appointed Reichskanzler (Reich Chancellor) and Goering made Minister of the Interior. Hitler, Goering and others gathered. Torchlight parade and Hitler saluting from a window. Scene of a Nazi public book-burning.
Film 'Why We Fight' provides historical perspective on Adolf Hitler's plan of world conquest. Image of Otto von Bismark and year 1863 is seen with quote,"We will dominate the whole world." Year 1914 and image of Kaiser Wilhelm II and quote,"God has made us for civilizing the world. Woe and death to all who resist my will." Year 1933 and image of Adolf Hitler and quote: My motto is,'Destroy by all and any means. National Socialism will reshape the world'." German eagle monument with swastika. Troops in precise large formation during Totenehrung (honoring of the dead) at the 1934 Nuremberg Rally as Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, and Viktor Lutze walk forward during the ceremony. Buglers blow and troops march at another Nazi rally. Images of military graves in a cemetery. Images of British soldiers blinded by gas attacks in World war I. Bodies of persons dead from diseases due to war. Fleeting images of destruction and grief from war, including hanged persons. Hitler at a podium flanked by Himmler. Closeups of Hitler. The buglers previously shown are seen again.Hitler standing with Viktor Lutze and Rudolf Hess. Brief images of Mongols marching and riding horses, with image of Genghis Khan. Map showing Mongolian 13th Century conquests in Asia and Eastern Europe. German Institute of Geopolitics in Munich, founded by Karl Ernst Haushofer. Closeup of Haushofer with backdrop of world map. Clerks in the institute cataloging information. German soldiers entering and studying in the institute. Brief images of economic wealth of the world, roughnecks setting pipe at an oil well, a "forest" of oil well derricks, harvested trees, steam shovels at an open pit mine, ore on a conveyer, cattle, farmers harvesting grain, flocks of sheep, and human labor. Animated map showing distribution of land area in the world and comparing Hitler's plan of conquest to that of Gengis Khan.
Famous tourist destinations, landmarks, and architecture in Munich, Germany before World War 2. View of Marienplatz with the Town Hall to its right and Frauenkirche in the background. View of St. Peters Church and the Karlstor (or Charles Gate) while looking west on Neubauer Strasse. A tram moves under the gate. Cars and people on a street. Shops on either side of the street including the Hamburg-Amerika Line office. Views of the Former Royal Palace (Munich Residenz or Munich Residence) with streetcar trams, horse carts, and pedestrians in the foreground, the Deutsches Museum or German Museum, the University of Munich and the National Theater Munich. A fountain in front of the university. A girl feeds pigeons.
Officials sign the Munich Pact in Munich, Germany, permitting Nazi German annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland. British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain in Munich along with German officers. French Prime Minister Edouard Daladier speaks to a German officer. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini enter a building. The officials sign the Munich Agreement.