Flashbacks of Nazi activities during World War II presented during Nuremberg Trials. Chief prosecutor from Great Britain, Hartley Shawcross, presents Count No 2, Crimes Against Peace, meaning wars of aggression in violation of international treaties and agreements. Lieutenant Colonel Schumt relates Adolf Hitler's plans to occupy Poland. View of a truck and uniformed Germans marching and agitating in Poland to advocate annexation by Germany (under Albert Forster). On August 23, 1939, Joseph Stalin and Joachim von Ribbentrop sign Russian-German non-aggression pact. Flashback view of convoy of German tanks moving near farm fields toward Poland. View of Pope Pius XII and then Franklin Delano Roosevelt appealling to Germany not to attack Poland or other sovereign nations. Raucous laughter in Reichstag as Hitler addresses German leaders and describes the appeal by Roosevelt. September 1, 1939, scenes of German troops invading Poland as Luftwaffe begins mass bombing raid. Artillery guns fire, troops in jeeps, personnel carriers, and motorcycles stream into Poland. Aerial view of Luftwaffe aircraft in formation approaching Poland and bombing Polish cities. Bombs away view as bombs fall from aircraft to ground and explosions and smoke seen on ground in Poland. City buildings in Poland seen in flames and crumbling to the ground. Line of German Wehrmacht Army forces marching on roadways into invaded territory. German Army seen invading Denmark on April 9, 1940. German sailors aboard fast moving German ship. German army soldiers aiming machine guns. Camera view of German tank as tank gun is lowered directly toward camera. German forces occupy a North Sea dock area of coastal Denmark, German tanks and vehicles drive on streets and sidewalks in Denmark as Danish citizens run and leap out of the way. Danish citizens stand quietly along sides of a road as German Army marches into a city of Denmark.
In opening scene, Adolf Hitler is addresssing the Bundestag in Berlin.
Animated map shows Berlin, Warsaw, and higlights Danzig and the Polish corridor. Newspaper headline reads 'Poles will fight for Danzig.' A Polish officer addressing recruits. Polish women and children watching as they march off. Polish women and old men and youths digging trench fortifications. Animated map shows Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. Map shows Vistula River and tributaries. Map illustrates various Polish defense options. Map illustrates Nazi plan to launch pincer movements around the Polish defenses. Views of German forces marshalling near the Polish border in August, 1939.Polish infantry moving in horse-drawn wagons and supported by old fashioned horse cavalry. Film illustrates dramatic difference in military might, contrasting German armor, aircraft,and numbers to that of Poland. Closeup of German airmen loading bomb under their aircraft. German heavy artillery and siege mortar firing. A German Panzer I light tank charging through snow. (Inappropriate edit insert.) Motorized German forces seen entering Poland on September 1st, 1939. A German Heinkel HE 111 bomber taking off toward the camera. Several Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers taking off. German aircraft strafing Polish aircraft on an airbase. Aircraft exploding on the ground. A Dornier Do 17 bomber maneuvering. More views from German aircraft strafing Polish aircraft on the ground. A formation of He 111 bombers in flight. Gunner firing from blister in bomber. Two Polish P50A fighter planes being fired upon and exploding in the air. A German Me Bf 109 photographed from an inidentified aircraft as it maneuvers nearby. An Me Bf 109 firing its guns and flying through white smoke. A Polish P50 streaming black smoke. Another gunner in bomber firing and hitting a Polish P-50. An aircraft crashing in flames. More He 111 bombers. glimpse of bombardier in one. Bombs striking Polish bridges, roads, railroads, etc. Closeup of Stuka dive bomber starting dive. View as it dives down on target. Polish civilians fleeing in a field. A stuka diving as children watch from hiding places. Bombs bursting near railroad. Closeup of German airman in cockpit. Polish cavalry charging. A German tank tows a field artillery piece across a shallow river, A destroyed bridge in background. A Panzer I light tank emerges from the stream. German soldiers racing across the Vistula River in long powered boats. Series of maps show situation from September 5th as Germans advance and Poles retreat, ending with encirclement of Warsaw and defeat of Polish forces. Scenes of Warsaw, encircled and bombarded, but not yet fallen. Firemen respond to bombing and shelling. Buildings crumble. Germans bombard with 142mm Howitzers. Gunners loading and firing them.. Scenes of destruction from shelling. A factory chimney falls. Hitler at the front observing bombardment. Women and children seek shelter in the city. Dead horses in streets. September 27th Warsaw capitulates and German troops occupy it. Map shows Polish forces still resist in the Westerplatte fortress. German battleship, Schleswig-Holstein, firing her guns. Defenders raise white flag on October 1st, 1939. Polish prisoners marching away (one seen barefoot). Polish Nazi collaborator points out persons for arrest. Poles lined up by a pit for execution. German machine gunners firing. Glimpse of Nazi Heinrich Himmler. Bodies of executed. Polish women mourning the dead. Closeups of Polish women, children and old man. A woman throws fuel on a funeral pyre.Closeups of mourning women and girls. Hitler's Ju 52 transport plane takes off. Inside he chats with some military passengers. Profile of Hitler silhouetted against the sky and clouds. He looks out at the still burning city of Warsaw. Elements of the Russian army entering Poland and greeted by a German officer. View of British bombers flying to bomb German warships in the Kiel canal. German sailors rush to battle stations and fire anti-aircraft gun. Bombs falling on the ships.
Events leading to start of World War 2. Contingents of German army troops and black uniformed SS (Schutzstaffel) troops parading past Hitler on reviewing stand in German city. Hitler youth at a rally in a stadium. Hitler addressing an open air assembly, shaking his fist, yelling about the might of Germany in an animated fashion. Women holding signs reading: "Down with War and Fascism," and "Aid the Allies." 1939 edition of the New York Times carries headline about Nazi pact with Soviets and of Estonia giving Moscow air and sea bases. Views of Soviet leaders, Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, and General Boris Mikhailovitch Shaposhnikov, preparing to meet with German foreign minister,Joachim von Ribbentrop. Von Ribbentrop descending from his airplane for the meeting. Scenes of German attack against Poland,September 1, 1939. Vehicles carrying German troops on the move. German Stuka, Ju87 dive bombers peeling off in dives and dropping bombs. German He-111 bomber in flight. Many explosions and collapsing buildings and destruction depicted. Soviet T-26 Twin-Turret Cavalry Tank seen moving through snow as it crosses Polish frontier, on September, 17, 1939. Soviet troops charging into Poland in the snow. The two forces meet in central Poland. Newspaper cartoon of the time shows Hitler and Stalin politely addressing each other in deprecating terms. Soviet icebreaker opening the way for German warships. German submarine making way on the surface, ostensibly from a base in Murmansk, and firing at a surface ship with its deck gun. A French fighter plane spinning towards earth and pilot parachuting. Narrator speaks of French Communists sabotaging electrical systems on the aircraft. The plane burning on the ground. German troops marching along the Champs Elysee, with the Arch of Triumph in background. German troops firing artillery at Soviet forces. Wooden buildings burning. German soldier taking a prisoner.
German newspaper headlines from August 26, 1939 through September 1, 1939 which document the German sentiment leading up to the invasion of Poland on September 1. Sign for Beuthen, Poland (now Bytom) is shown, along with scenes from Poland (possibly Beuthen), showing gun fire damage to buildings.
German aircraft drop leaflets all over the city of Warsaw, during World War 2. They contain the following message (translated from the German): "Soldiers and inhabitants of Warsaw! Poland is occupied. Only the Modlin fortress is resisting. Warsaw is surrounded by German troops.The suburbs are already in our hands. You will be committing a crime if you open this megacity to the fortress." Polish troops still holding out,reject a call to capitulate. Under white flags, foreign diplomats and such are seen leaving Warsaw, past a German barricade. The Warsaw Citadel and surrounding Polish military defenses (Fortress Warsaw) are seen in an aerial reconnaissance photograph. German officers walk in a group along a railway in Poland. Hermann Goering, head of the German Air Forces, consults with his Generals about a bombing campaign against the Polish defense positions. Goering and Adolf Hitler seated in a railroad car with staff officers. Slate alludes to the Polish military commanders making Warsaw into a virtual fortress including an armed civilian population; and if it is not surrendered, the resistance must be broken.
September 25, 1939, shows German fliers readying warplanes for air campaign against Poland. A German pilot in his cockpit. View from German airplane flying over Poland. Beautiful cloud formations in background.
Invading German advancing into rural Polish regions in 1939. Trucks, motorcycles and infantry follow along the path of a shallow river bed and ford it over rocks near the remains of a wooden bridge. German troops riding in an Sd.Kfz. 11 special motorized vehicle (Sonderkraftfahrzeug) towing an artillery piece, make their way through shallow water. Another military vehicle moves across remains of a destroyed steel bridge in the background. Closeup of smiling German soldier and his comrades, all shouldering M42 machine guns, as they enter the city of Warsaw on October 1, 1939. German infantry march into the city through smoke and debris to parade for Adolf Hitler on October 5, 1939 (not seen). In the background the twin towers of All Saints Church dominate Grzybowski Square. Mounted officers lead marching infantry along a Warsaw street. Views of German soldiers receiving newspapers as they proceed deeper into Poland. They read them as they march informally. Closeups of German infantry making their way in the company of horse-drawn wagons carrying troops, supplies, and towing artillery pieces. Staff cars, trucks, and motorcycles move over dirt roads near piles of debris.