Romanian Dictator, marshal Ion Victor Antonescu accompanied by German officers, visiting Romanian troops in Odessa during World War II. They review a welcoming parade with a military band and troops marching across a field. He converses with soldiers and decorates several with medals. He and German General von Manstein present awards to German soldiers and aviators. The Romanian Order of the Crown decoration is displayed on a recipient officer's uniform blouse. As Marshal Antonescu is leaving, General von manstein presents him with a book.Marshal Antonescu boards his Junker JU-52 aircraft. A cresent moon and man's head wearing a fez, are painted on the cowling of the center engine on the airplane. Marshal Antonescu peers out of the cabin window as the aircraft taxis for takeoff.
Romanian Marshal Ion Antonescu reviews Romanian troops in Odessa, where he speaks to some individually and presents awards. He also presents awards to German soldiers and aviators. German General von Manstein also congratulates the German award recipients. The Romanian Order of the Crown decoration is shown as pinned on a recipient officer's uniform blouse. As Marshal Antonescu prepares to leave, General von manstein presents him with an album of some sort. The two salute each other and Marshal Antonescu proceeds to board his Junker JU-52 aircraft for depature. A cresent moon and man's head wearing a fez, are painted on the cowling of the nose engine on the JU-52. Marshal Antonescu looks out the cabin window as the aircraft taxis out for takeoff.
The seaport of Odessa in the Ukraine. Ships anchored in the harbor. Men stack logs they have taken from a cart. A man rows a boat with help of two boys. A sign on a large ship in the background reads, "Odessa." A man adjusts a hull divider in his row boat as a young boy watches.
A Russian woman stacks UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation) supplies on to a truck at Odessa port in Ukraine. Supplies being unloaded from United States freighter at the dock. At the port a tractor hoist carrying another tractor is seen. Two Russian officials check supplies being unloaded from a list. Boxes marked as UNRRA supplies. A goods train arrives at a station loaded with UNRRA supplies.
The Soviet ship Vyacheslav Molotov is seen, docked at the French port of Le Havre. A crane raises cargo onto the ship. Ukrainian and Belorussian passengers stand on the pier, ready to board the ship that will take them to their former hometowns. One woman walks up the gangplank with a flag and a carryall displaying the image of Joseph stalin. On the pier, French Army officers process the embarking passengers, as a Soviet Army officer stands nearby. Closeup of documents being stamped. (Narrator states that these refugees fled their homes for France, 20 years earlier, when they were under the domination of Poland.) The Soviet officer encouraging passengers up the gangplank. View from high on the ship, of passengers clustered around the processing station. Camera pans up to the ship's funnel, where Soviet hammer and sicle is displayed. View from behind people waving on the dock, of the passengers lining the railing of the ship, waving goodbye as the ship slowly begins to move forward and then is seen underway. Scene fades to reopen showing the ship in waters of the Black Sea approaching the port of Odessa, Ukraine. Buildings seen upon cliffs overlooking the port. Several views of the passengers assembled on deck looking toward shore. Closeups of passengers and their flags. A Ukrainian woman gives a speech about her joy at homecoming. Other passengers applaud. A man holds up a homemade sign reading (in Russian) "LONG LIVE SOVIET-HOMELAND I-EE-GOVERNMENT." Passengers disembarking down the gangplank, carrying flags and riding in open small trucks away from the ship.
A number of people walk through Kreschatik, main city street in Kiev,Ukraine. Wreckage of buildings, ruined in 1941 during German invasion is seen as people pass by the street. Women shop at a food store. Salami being weighed as the meter indicates the weight and is then wrapped in paper. Foodstuffs are seen at the counter Women buy canned food from the store.