Soviet forces East of the Vistula River, attack district of Praga, on eastern outskirts of Warsaw, Praga, Poland on their way to the city of Warsaw, during World War 2. View of Soviet Colonel-General Vasily Kazakov and his staff studying charts of the area. Nighttime view of Soviet artillery and rocket fire. Fires blazing and knocked out German tanks. Formation of Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik aircraft in flight. Bombs exploding on the ground. Anti-aircraft guns firing. A nearby explosion raising a huge amount of earth into the air. IS-2 / JS-2 (Josef Stalin) heavy tanks moving across smoke-filled terrain amidst explosions from German shells. Soviets operating captured German Panther tanks. Soviet infantry moving past barbed wire and attacking on the ground. Soviet Marshal Konstantin Rokossovsky (wearing large Marshal's star) and accompanied by a Lieutenant-general (two-star) is seen conversing with Colonel-General Vasily Kazakov at the local Soviet headquarters. Closeup of Marshal Rokossovsky, smoking a cigar in a holder. View of distance smoke rising from town. Scene shifts to Soviet armor and machine gunners engaged in urban building-to-building battles. Armor and infantry elements of the First Polish Army (Berling's) operating with the Soviets, are seen entering Praga, as inhabitants cheer them.
German General Hermann Balck with his aides on the Russian Front in World War 2. Change of scene to German tanks and artillery on patrol in the streets of the Praga district of Warsaw Poland during the abortive uprising against German garrison in the city (led by General Tadeusz Komorowski also known as General Bór-Komorowski, or as General Bor). Mortars and flamethrowers used against the rebellious Polish resistance movement during the Warsaw Uprising. Smoke and explosions. Soldiers on grass. Wrecked buildings in view. Rubble in streets of Warsaw. Fire set in buildings by German soldiers using flame throwers. Unknown locations in city could include the Warsaw Ghetto.
Remains of the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw, Poland. Workmen and equipment appear to be demolishing it. The words: "Wawer, 27 XII 39" painted on sidewalk. Passersby place flowers at the spot. At another spot on the sidewalk is painted: "Polska Zwyciezy"(Poland Wins). Cardboard caricatures of Hitler are raised on a building wall and hung from a lampost. Base of lampost, where people walk their dogs, being painted "Nur fuer Deutch" (only for Germans). Newspapers in 1944 reporting on the increased internal Polish armed resistance, or Warsaw Uprising, against the occupying German forces. Scenes of fire and destruction arising in this increasing conflict. Scenes of pre-war Warsaw.
Adolf Hitler visits German military officers, at a military hispital in Rastenburg, during World War 2. They were injured in the July 20th assassination attempt against Hitler. He visitis and speaks with: Major General Walter Scherff; Navy Captain Heinz Assmann; Rear Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer; and General Walther Buhle. As he leaves the building, women nurses outside, give Nazi salutes, and cheer him. Change of scene shows Hitler, at the Wolf's Lair compound, near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). Among those he greets are: Walther Funk, Reich Minister for Economic Affairs; Reich Minister Albert Speer; and Reich Minister Hans Heinrich Lammers, President of the Reich Cabinet. Next scene shows Heinrich Himmler, chief of the Nazi Gestapo, speaking with General (Generaloberst) Ferdinand Schörner. Hitler strolls with Hermann Goering, and is then seen, from behind, as he greets Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels and General (Generaloberst) Heinz Wilhelm Guderian, Chief of Staff of the Army. The Nazi top leaders stand and converse. Goebbels speaks with Martin Bormann and General Alfred Jodl,who was also injured during the July 20, 1944 bomb plot against Hitler. (Jodl's head is bandaged.)
Adolf Hitler visits German Army officers, who were injured, in the July 20th assassination attempt against him. They are being treated at a military hospital, in Rastenburg, during World War 2. Among the victims he visits are: Major General Walter Scherff; Navy Captain Heinz Assmann; Rear Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer; and General Walther Buhle. Hitler is seen with a small bandage in his right ear due to a ruptured ear drum from the explosion. He takes time and speaks with each of the wounded officers. As he leaves, women nurses, assembled outside, render Nazi salutes, and cheer him. Change of scene shows Hitler, at the Wolf's Lair compound, near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). He greets Walther Funk, Reich Minister for Economic Affairs; a local Gauleiter; Reich Minister Albert Speer; a Dr. Sauer; and Reich Minister Hans Heinrich Lammers, President of the Reich Cabinet. Next scene shows Heinrich Himmler, chief of the Nazi Gestapo, speaking with General (Generaloberst) Ferdinand Schörner. Hitler strolls with Hermann Goering, and is then seen, from behind, as he greets Reich Minister of Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels and General (Generaloberst) Heinz Wilhelm Guderian, Chief of Staff of the Army. Beside him is Hermann Fegelein. The Nazi top leaders stand and converse. Goebbels speaks with Martin Bormann and General Alfred Jodl, whose head is bandaged. (He was injured during the July 20, 1944 assassination plot against Hitler.)
Liberated United States prisoners (mostly military airmen) at POW camp called Kriegsgefangenen-Mannschafts-Stammlager (Stalag) VII A, located just North of Moosburg, Germany. The airmen cook food. Several are seen sunning themselves. Airmen seen shaving, shining shoes and cleaning clothes. A group of airmen around sign 'I Wanted Wings' and 'Luft 3'. These are some of the prisoners who were originally held at Stalag Luft III, in German Province of Lower Silesia, near the town of Sagan (now in Poland).
(Note: Stalag Luft III is famous because the "Great Escape" took place there in March, 1944. Prisoners were forced to march from Sagan to Spremburg during the coldest winter in Germany in 50 years. There, they boarded a train of boxcars for a 3 day trip to Moosburg in January 1945, because the Russians were closing in. The addition of these prisoners to Stalag 7A, at Moosburg, led to serious overcrowding of the camp. On May 1, 1945, the New York Times reported that "The Fourteenth Armored Division liberated 110,000 Allied prisoners of war at Stalag 7A at Moosburg." This corrected an earlier report that 27,000 prisoners had been liberated.)