A review of significant events that occurred in the year 1945. Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn in as President of United States at the White House in January, 1945. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin pose at the Yalta Conference. Death of Roosevelt. Burial procession ceremony of Roosevelt. Men and women weeping. Wreath on his grave. Harry S. Truman swore in as U.S. President. Surrender of the Germans signed by General Jodl and General W.B. Smith in Reims, France. Representatives of Russia, Britain, France and United States at the surrender. General Dwight Eisenhower smiles.
A film on preparations that are made for prosecution of axis war criminals following World War 2. Ratification of the surrender documents (from surrender two days earlier at Reims) held at Soviet headquarters in Karlshorst, Berlin, on May 9, 1945. German officers Colonel-General Hans-Jürgen Stumpff as the representative of the Luftwaffe, Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel as Chief of Staff of OKW, and Admiral Hans-Georg von Friedeburg as Commander-in-Chief of the Kriegsmarine enter room and are seated. View of Keitel signing the surrender document. Scene change to Hall of the United Nations Conference, held in San Francisco from April 25 to June 26, 1945, with delegates from 50 Allied nations creating the United Nations. This was officially the United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO). Leaders of various United Nations countries address delegates present in the War Memorial Opera House of San Francisco, including Edward Stettinius Jr of the United States. Next: A meeting of the military tribunal Chiefs of Counsel of many nations, including France, Russia, Great Britain and the United States, held in Europe. They sign an agreement.
Oise salvage in France. A Russian guard who got injured during a grenade explosion is carried away on litters in Reims, France. The litter is placed onto a truck and it drives away.
U.S. publishers and editors visit Reims, France during World War II. U.S. Army General Omar Nelson Bradley at a headquarter building. Newspapermen walk through a prisoner of war (POW) camp area. They visit reclamation and spare parts maintenance headquarters. Vehicles parked outside the building. Trees in the background. An official briefs the newspapermen. They visit the POW enclosure and a cathedral. The visitors get in cars and move.
U.S. publishers and editors visit Reims, France during World War II. The publishers and editors disembark from an aircraft. Aircraft parked at an airfield in the background. U.S. Army General Omar Nelson Bradley greets the visitors.
Results of air assaults by the British Royal and U.S. Eighth Air Forces over German-occupied France during Wolrd War II. The principal French airport at Reims, used by the Germans as a major fighter and bomber base mostly for FW 190s and Ju 88s. Wrecked aircraft on ground, in dispersal areas and under collapsing roofs of hangars and repair shops after the American aerial attack. Roads between installation filled with debris. Bomb smashed concrete runways and work areas lie in ruins. Allied soldiers and workers survey the rubble. Damaged hangars and equipment. Wrecked aircraft. Allied officers on a heap of debris. They inspect the damaged equipment and aircraft parts. Soldiers survey the damaged buildings.