After World War 1, in accordance with Article 88 of the Treaty of Versailles, residents of Upper Silesia are deciding by ballot, whether to be attached to Germany or Poland. Citizens in Kattowitz (Katowice) milling about in front of a building with a sign that reads ' Deutsche Sammelstelle. ' A horse and wagon passes them. Armed French occupation troops climb aboard an open truck. A small boy watching is chased away by a soldier.The truck drives away, past crowds of people on sidewalks. Three uniformed French soldiers pose in front of crowd of spectators. Three uniformed men with Red Cross arm bands stand under red cross flag flying from building. People massed at entrance to a building move into it under sign reading "eingang." A French officer (General Henri Le Rond) standing with a British officer (Colonel Henry Percival) and an Italian officer (General Antonio de Marinis), reads a newspaper and converses with the others in garden at Oppeln (Opole). Views from moving train of industrial complexes with numerous smoke stacks and factories, in the Oppeln region of Upper Silesia. A map showing area of plebiscite, and the coal reserves and coal mines of the region.
Colonel Archibald Percival Wavell (Rt. Hon. Archibald Percival Wavell, 1st Earl Wavell) Commander of the 2nd Battalion, Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) is seen conversing with a Colonel of local German forces in Oppeln,Upper Silesia. (This is during the period when elements of the British Durham Light Infantry, the Black Watch and the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Leinsters, were serving, under the auspices of the Inter-Allied Commission of Government and plebiscite, as "peace keepers" to stop conflict between the Germans and Polish insurgents, in Upper Silesia.) Colonel Wavell is showing his counterpart a flexible spring mace, which the latter manipulates and examines. Behind them on a railroad siding are flat cars carrying Mark V tanks of Company B, 5th Battalion, British Tank Corps. Numbers: E18 and E17 appear on two tanks, respectively. Scene shifts to a checkpoint supported by soldiers of the Black Watch. A German officer checks credentials of a civilian leading a goat. He is permitted to pass and walks along smoking a pipe. A German lights the cigarette of a Black Watch soldier. German soldiers relax at edge of woods where they fly the Imperial flag of black, White, and red. A wagon load of German irregulars is pulled by a horse. They display the German flag. A team of horses pulls two caissons with irregulars riding on them.
A large crowd gathers in the city of Oppeln (Opole), Upper Silesia (now Poland). People crowd around contingent of British Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) as they march into the city along Ozimska and Damrota streets, after arriving from Rosenberg, 20 miles to the Northeast, where they had first been quartered in June. The Regimental Pipe Band leads the procession. Officers are mounted and infantry march as they enter the city. The final scenes show the troops moving on Cracow Street, passing the Cafe Residenz.
Group of British Army officers relax while stationed in Oppeln (Opole), Upper Silesia, with other Allied forces as peacekeepers after the third Silesian uprising following the post World War 1 plebiscite. Several Italian Army officers pose for the camera. A unit of French Army bicyclist troops walks their bicycles as they leave a military post at Malapanerstrasse (Ozimska Street). French bicycle troops on their bicycles, riding along a rough road, causing several to fall, at side of the road. Several armed men patrol rail bridge, at Sczepanowitz (Szczepanowice) where one span had been destroyed by the Polish Konrad Wawelberg Destruction Group, on May 2nd. View of the bridge in state of partial reconstruction. A French Bicycle soldier and another armed man accompany a soldier operating a small rail car on the line. In the final scenes, behind the men riding the rail handcar, silhouettes of building spires can be seen on the horizon, in the distance, in Old Town Opole (now in Poland). Among these may be the Piat tower, the Town Hall, and the cathedral.
In response to an uprising of Polish miners and sympathizers in Upper Silesia, German police are seen taking large numbers into custody, in Kattowitz (Katowice). One Polish-Silesian resident being arrested by a German policeman.
Germany defending against Soviet offensives along the Oder River in in Silesia, during World War 2. German infantry slogging through mud, past sign pointing back 6 Km to Ratibor,Germany, (present-day Racibórz, Poland) during World War 2. They are proceeding to reinforce defenses at Breslau. They carry many panzerfaust antitank weapons. Scene shifts to German officers conversing with General Hermann Niehoff, Commander of Breslau defenses. German gunners firing a Heavy 21 cm Mörser 18 gun at near-zero elevation. (General Niehoff holds his ears as it fires.) Shell explodes with large fireball in distance. Niehoff speaks with a smiling German officer and pats him on the shoulder, at an informal award ceremony on a street in outlying area of Breslau. German soldiers riding atop an Auto Union Kätzchen (armored personnel carrier) .It is towing a conveyance in which two soldiers ride.