Preparations for the launch of an A-4 missile in Peenemunde, Germany during World War 2. German military officers and engineers near the missile in the test area. Technicians check the missile on a launching platform. Walther Thiel (in glasses) Deputy Director of the Peenemunde facility, pulls out a document that he and another civilian discuss with several uniformed German officers. View of launch control clocks for minutes and seconds. the second hand begins to move in a countdown. (Note: Walther Thiel was killed on the night of Aug 18 , 1943, during British Air raid - Operation Hydra, the first allied air strike in the "Crossbow" operations against German special weapons and research).
Winter, 1943, testing at German Air Force Test Center, Peenemunde-West, Germany. Acceleration test of Argus engine for V-1.
Test vehicle with Argus jet engine is readied on launch rail and men stand behind it. Snow is falling. A man stands on snow covered ground and directs. The Argus jet engine ignites and vehicle accelerates, leaving track to crash into ice and snow covered water. Views of the Rheinmetal-Borsig solid propellant rocket sled catapult, for V-1, on a rail.
Film about Denmark after the German occupying force declared martial law and state of war with Denmark, in 1943-44 during World War 2. It was made by Danes and smuggled out of Denmark during that period. Opens with view of a church building and flocks of birds. Views of German army troops marching into Copenhagen, Denmark on 9 April 1940. SS troops dressed in black, marching. German soldiers carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, goosestepping. A fire burning at site sabotaged by Danish resistance elements in 1943. Derailed trains carrying goods to Germany. Fire at a German factory. Danish workers with bicycles staging a strike in protest German measures in response to resistance actions. Danes gathered in outdoor observance memorializing those killed by the Germans. A shop owned by German sympathizers (Quislings) destroyed by other Danes. People gathered on street on 29 August 1943, when the occupying German forces attacked the remaining Danish garrison and declared martial law. Announcement posted in Danish on a wall. View of Danish Naval vessels ordered scuttled by the Danish Admiralty, including the coastal defense ship,Peder-Skram, seen in front of a large building, the submarine, Havfruen (not seen) and others seen sunk at docks in Copenhagen harbor. Bullet hole through a glass window. A week later, on Sunday, 5 September, 1943, a German Panzer light tank is seen moving on a street, as pedestrians go about their business in Copenhagen. German soldiers patrolling on a motorcycle with sidecar. A man holding his hands up as he is hustled through a crowd under arrest by a German in black uniform. Motorcycle driving through pedestrians on the sidewalk. Spectators line a fence by an open field near a building labeled "Badstue Badminton." One, a woman, speaks through the fence to a Danish soldier interned there. View of the quarters of the Royal Guard at Rosenborg, occupied by German soldiers and with Nazi flag flying above it. Civilian relatives of interned men wait outside army headquarters for news about them. A courtyard, during a mass funeral, is filled with memorial flower wreaths covering the coffins of Danish soldiers and civilians killed by the Germans. Camera focuses on a wreath from King Christian of Denmark, among the many others. Two German soldiers march up a path at the Royal Residence Amalienborg, where King Christian is arrested. Views from moving camera as Danish flags are seen flying all over the city of Copenhagen, on 26 September, 1943, to celebrate the King's 73rd Birthday. The major exception is the Nazi Gestapo headquarters in the "Shellhus" (the prewar Shell Oil offices) shown in isolation. Views of people moving their belongings on hand carts after their homes were taken over by Germans. The slogan in English, "Do it well and do it now,"is seen left by Danish resistance fighters where they sabotaged a German military installation.
Surface to surface A-4/V-2 missile of Germany being launched from Test Stand VII arena at Peenemunde in Germany, during World War 2. After being fired, the white and black missile moves upwards towards the sky above the water.
Analysis of the Germany's labor force, military strength and effects of war on manpower. Soldiers march. Men work in factory on equipment and machinery. Women work in factory. A map points Germany, Sudetenland and Austria. Graphs examine labor force by sex, age and military replacement availability; compare the labor force according to sex from 1939-1943; detail the increase of work force through the women part time workers and the veterans. Women weld equipment in a factory. Men do mining work. They work on a field. They also work on the rail road station. Graphs compare the labor force in agriculture, industry, trade services, transport and government.
Simulation of an A-4 missile launch, in Peenemunde, Germany during World War 2. The missile is towed out to the test field in front of test stand 5 on a vehicle. Men gather near the missile. The missile is raised.