The Anschluss. Germany occupies Austria. German cavalry cross a bridge and enter Passau, Austria. Civilians welcome them. They cheer and salute. Crowd waves German flags. Nazi soldiers remove the border gate amid cheers. Nazi flags hang from every window. Children and adults leaning out of the windows cheer the soldiers. Similar scenes show entry of German troops into Salzburg, Austria.
German occupation (Anschluss) of Austria prior to World War II. German soldiers walk on a bridge over a river. Cavalry units and vehicles also move across the bridge. People gather on a street. They cheer and wave. Soldiers march in formation. Children cheer.
Scenes from Nuremberg Trials, including footage of prior events being discussed in the trials. Nazi officer reads an announcement to Hilter and Nazi leadership confirming the March 7, 1936 occupation and remilitarization of the Rhineland by the German Army, and the loyalty of the German Army. German Army rally and parade is held in Nuremberg. Soldiers march and goosestep, along with Nazi leadership such as Hermann Goering, while Hitler speaks assuring peaceful intentions by Germany. German officials Goering, Rader, and von Neurath arrive at special meeting with Hitler and Generals von Blomberg and von Fritsch in November 1937 to plan conquer of Czechoslovakia and Austria. Tall meeting chamber doors under armed guard. Scenes from February 1938 Berchtesgaden meeting arranged by von Papen with Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg, Hitler, Keitel, and von Ribbentrop walking on grounds. Car approaches Berghof. Guido Schmidt, former foreign minister of Austria seen at the meeting, and then seen on stand testifying at Nuremberg trials concerning Hitler's decision to annex Austria. Scenes of German troops marching and a night-time rally parade in Austria. View of Schuschnigg on March 9, 1938 at podium during meeting announcing a plebiscite vote on Austrian independence. Views of German newspaper headlines denouncing the plebiscite and demanding Schuschnigg's resignation. Crowd surrounds new Chancellor Arthur von Seyss-Inquart with Nazi salutes following Schuschnigg's resignation. Next is scenes of March 12, 1938 German Anschluss annexation of Austria. Initial German forces seen meeting some resistance by Austrian citizens. Germany army rolling into Austria and dismantling border gates. Hitler memo announces intent to annex Czechoslovakia. Operation Green leader Konrad Henlein seen walking in parade with officials. Scenes of Munich Pact signing ceremony. Czech President Hacha walks with Nazi leaders and enters car for meeting to hear German ultimatum. Map shows lands grabbed by German
Germany's military resurgence from the end of World War I through its reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936 and union with Austria in 1938. German war materiel piled up in scrap yards and aircraft engines being destroyed in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles after World War 1. Smoke stacks of war plants being toppled, aircraft hangars being destroyed, and warships being scuttled. German postwar armored cars for training. A soldier flexes the rubber gun barrel on one of them. French forces, including Colonials, occupying Coblenz (Koblenz) in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, after World War I. French soldiers on guard at the railroad station as a train pulls in. French colonial troops tending to their horses. A British soldier standing guard in front of a building displaying a placard with the Union Jack and word:"General Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, No.1 Building." French troops stationed in front of their headquarters and patrolling fences across railroad tracks at their occupational boundary. A large film slate announcing that the Rheinland is again free, followed by scenes of German troops re-occupying the Rhineland in 1936. Local citizens cheer the troops, who parade through a city and along the banks of the Rhein River. German sentries posted at The "Deutsche Eck" in Koblenz beside the monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Sign demarking boundary of Austria. Border guards opening the gates and German troops entering as crowds cheer. Adolf Hitler speaking before a huge crowd,immediately following the Anschluss (union of Germany with Austria) on 12 March 1938.
The Anschluss (Annexation of Austria by Germany) in 1938. Sign reads 'Bundesstaat Oesterreich' (State of Austria). Mounted German troops ride along the platform of railroad station. Sign reads: "Staatsgrenze" (State Border). Mayor of Kufstein greets mounted Commander of German troops as they cross the border between Germany and Austria. View of Kufstein castle. Crowds cheer as German troops proceed through the town.
German troops enter Austria. Newspaper headlines about earlier discussions between Hitler and Kurt Schuschnigg, the Chancellor of Austria, who unsuccessfully resisted the Anschluss. A sign reads 'state border 65'. German troops along with artillery advance forward towards the city. They cross a bridge and enter. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler in a car. A flag of the Nazis. Civilians gather at Heldenplatz . Hitler addresses the people. People around the Statue of Archduke Charles of Austria on the Heldenplatz . The civilians listen to him. A close up of Hitler addressing people. The civilians cheer. An unidentified aircraft in flight. Hitler and his party members look up in the sky. The soldiers parade and Hitler reviews the parade.