Series 'Why We Fight' episode "Prelude to War" depicts the battles during World War II. United States soldiers parade on street lead by a band. Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.December 7, 1941. The London Blitz with buildings destroyed and burning. The Eiffel Tower in Paris with Nazi flag flying atop it. German troops marching into Paris, through the Arch of Triumph. Japanese warplanes bombing shanghai, China, in 1937. Chinese residents running for shelter. Glimpse of German "Schwerer Gustav" 80 cmrailway gun firing during German offensive against Soviet Union in 1941. German forces entering Czechoslovakia in 1938. German mounted troops entering France in 1940. Heavy guns firing. German ships en route to Norway 1940. German Ju-52 aircraft flying low over trees. Montage showing rapid succession of war scenes, including heavy guns firing, smoke rising, explosions, an aircraft shot down and crashing straight down, German armor on the move, German Ju-52 aircraft dropping paratroopers into Holland and one flying over Athens, Greece, with Mount Lykabettus in the background. More of the same with Narrator mentioning Belgium, Albania, Yugoslavia, and Russia (where citizens are seen digging anti-tank trenches and fortifications). Cavalry charging across a field. A German tank rolling forward. A German Dornier Do-17 bomber taking off, and bombs falling.
View of the treaty between Germany and Norway assuring friendly relations between the two. The treaty breached on April 9th, 1940, Germany invades Norway during World War II. German paratroopers jump from Luftwaffe aircraft into Norway. Aerial and ground views as German fighter aircraft strafe and bomb cities in Norway. Scenes of fire and destruction on streets in Norway as people run in streets seeking shelter. People flee on streets. Women and children, elderly, and various citizens quickly load into back of a truck to be driven to safety. Nazi troops march on the streets of Norway in World War 2.
Invasion of Denmark and Norway by Germany on 9th April,1940 during World War II.
Invasion of Denmark: German warships and troop ships underway towards Denmark. A Nazi Navy ensign flag flying and German soldiers on a deck. A large gun on the deck. Infantry with machine guns. The soldiers look through binoculars. German Heinkel 111 bombers fly overhead. German tanks roll along street in Denmark. German troops unload from ships at a pier and parade through the streets of Denmark. Invasion of Norway: Interior view of German Ju 52 transport airplane loaded with troops and bicycles. An air view of Norway coast. Heinkel 111 aircraft in flight. Numerous German float planes seen in harbor below. Ju 52 comes in for landing. Several Ju 52s on an airport. Troops unload from one and march from the field. German troops take up positions. A radio tower being guarded. A Nazi soldier on guard at Oslo airport. Formations of Me bf 109 aircraft fly overhead. German troops in defensive positions overlooking a port. Ju 88 bombers overhead, and bombing coastal area. German troops marching in Oslo, Norway.
Invasion of Oslo, Norway by the German Army during World War II. Japanese narration. A map shows the United Kingdom, Germany and Norway. The map shows airplanes advancing from Germany to Oslo. German Kriegsmarine Navy ships at sea shelling targets in Norway. View of guns on German navy ships firing. German Luftwaffe airplanes attack Norway. German ships advance towards Norway. Cruiser Blucher enters the Oslo Fjord. German intruder fires. Colonel Birger Erichsen, the commander of Oscarsborg Fortress, works on some papers. German military airplanes fly across a sea. Fallschirmjager, German paratroopers are airborne. German paratroops seen inside the aircraft, seated and talking to each other. View out aircraft window flying low over a German seaplane base with several seaplanes parked in water outside Oslo. View from ground of low-flying German troop transport aircraft coming in for landing. German occupied fort with German flag beside Norwegian town. German military equipment convoy rolls down a road in Norway .German military trucks advance on Oslo through towns with shops and homes. German guard outside a German aviator post. The Germans march into Oslo. Military vehicles with German soldiers move ahead.
World War 2. Britain and France declare war on Germany. German infantry carrying Panzerschreck antitank weapons.British mobilizing.Troops from England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. British Queen Elizabeth class battleship with other warships. Animated map showing units of British fleet blockading Germany at Suez, Malta, Gibralter, the English Channel,and the North Sea. Adolf Hitler and German General staff,make war plans. Animated map shows European countries around Germany,Ice skatersnear Windmills in Holland. Farmers harvest grain. Bicyclists in Netherlands.Radio towers broadcast Nazi propaganda. Joseph Goebbels.Hitler denying intent to harm other countries. German military planners identify Norway as a target. Map shows German U-boats using Norwegian fjords. Map shows British fleet at Scapa Flow, and blockading ships in range from Norway. April 9, 1940, German army enters Copenhagen as Danes watch. German freighters in Norwegian ports smuggle troops and war materiel. German warships proceeding up Norwegian fjords, carrying troops and equipment. German Ju-87 and Ju-88 bombers and Me 109s in flight. Ju-88 over treetops. Junkers Ju-52 trimotors carrying German soldiers. Quislings seize power in Norway. Vidkun Quisling.Nazi posting rules for residents of Oslo.
The first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries during World War II. Animated maps illustrate the East Prussian Corridor. Nazi swastika flags on a building in Germany. German railroads transport war material. Newspaper headlines proclaim war. Animated maps of Norway depict German aggression during the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. German naval units cruise off Norway. German sailors and troops aboard the ships and submarines German paratroopers land in Norway. German aircraft fly over Norwegian mountains. German troops in the fields. Soldiers look through binoculars. German guards outside the Reichstag in Berlin. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler emerges onto a balcony and salutes the Berlin crowds.