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Germans prepare to launch an A-4 missile from Peenemunde, Germany, during World War II.

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).

Date: 1943
Duration: 1 min 28 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Acceleration test of Argus pipe engine for V-1 missile.View of rocket sled catapult. Peenemunde-West Test Center, Germany

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.

Date: 1943
Duration: 1 min 10 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Test flights of German missile A-4 V2 rocket in Peenemunde. First fully successful flight on Oct. 3, 1942.

Opening slate mentions speed and pressures generated in the test launch of A4 V2 rocket. The rocket launches and appears to be successful, moving up and out of sight. However, some white smoke descends and lingers in the atmosphere afterwards. The next slate states that the causes of the malfunctions have been identified and corrected. It is followed by a slate showing date of 3 October, 1942, and another about last instructions before the 3rd launch. German rocket scientist, Konrad Dannenberg, is seen discussing matters with several German officers at the test site. The next slate reads: 1558 hours (3:58 PM) followed by one reading: Fire free. A German officer is seen speaking those words into a microphone. Camera shows a technicians hand as he sets firing switches on a control panel. ;Closeup of V2 rocket engine firing up. The rocket ascends successfully and disappears from sight. (Note: The footage at the end of clip showing the successful Oct 3 flight of A-4 V2 rocket was reportedly part of a film shown to Hitler at his Wolfe's Lair in 1943.)

Date: 1942, October 3
Duration: 1 min 58 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
A V-2 rocket is test fired at night from the Peenemunde Rocket Development Center in Peenemunde Germany

Night scene of a V-2 rocket test launch (also known as an A4 rocket) from Peenemunde Rocket Development Center in Peenemünde, Usedom, Nazi Germany. V-2 rocket ignition and liftoff. View as it rises in the sky. A trail of fire at its tail end during flight. Brief camera view of fire on ground near launch site. Flames arise.

Date: 1943
Duration: 28 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
German occupation, martial law, and Danish resistance in Denmark during World War II

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.

Date: 1940
Duration: 4 min 42 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Launch of German A-4/V-2 missile from Test Stand VII in Peenemunde,Germany, during World War II

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.

Date: 1943
Duration: 13 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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