Hermann Goering, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and others as Italy joins Germany in declaring war against Britain and France June 10, 1940. Animated map illustrates possible Axis war plans. Aerial view of Maginot line. Fire burning from German bombing in Scandinavia. Windmill turning in Holland.Map outlines Allied strategy for defense. Views of the Ardennes Forest. French Generals examining map. British Field Marshal John Vereker (Viscount Gort) studying map with two Generals.Narrator states they dismissed German attack through the Ardennes. May 9, 1940,News headline reports German troops on move. Netherlands and French troops mobilizing. Recruits board trains. Exterior of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart) at Montmartre, Paris. People lighting candles. Statue of Madonna and Child. Views of several churches. A Catholic Bishop blessing people. People kneeling in prayer. Hitler and other Nazi leaders, including Himmler, Goebbels, Bormann, Hess and Rohm, haranguing crowds. Hermann Goering leading crowd in salutes. Ludwig Muller, Reichsbischof, Hitler supporter. Many views of Germans shouting Sieg Heil. German troops moving out on May 10, 1940. Hermann Goering, chief of Luftwaffe, in uniform. German pilots run to airplanes. Ju-87 Stukas take off. D0-17 bombers take off. German tanks, motorcycle troops, armor and infantry cross borders of Luxembourg, Belgium, and Holland. Map depicts action. German forces destroy obstacles at border crossings and move past windmill in Holland.He-111 bombers in flight. German paratroops jump from Ju-52 transport over Rotterdam. They capture key facilities. Troops riding on tanks. Dutch General Henri Gerard Winkelman walks with German officer over Maas-bridges in Rotterdam. He and delegation enter building at Rijsoord to sign surrender on May 15, 1940. German bombers destroy Rotterdam. View of German bomber bomb bay doors open and bombs away toward targets. The city in flames, with sound. Remains of the city. Numerous dead civilians.
The German assault on the Netherlands during the first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries in World War II. Germany commences Operation Fall Gelb on May 10, 1940. An animated map depicts the movement of the English and French Armies across France towards the Ruhr Area in Germany in response to the German aggression. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler plans with his Generals and senior officers. An animated map depicts the position and advance of German Army Groups A, B and C towards the French border. German officers discuss a map. An officer sends a message over the radio. Officers operate radios and communication equipment. A soldier leaves with a message on a motorbike. Military vehicles advance towards their positions. German Luftwaffe General Kurt Student accompanied by a Nazi officer greets troops and leaves in a car. German aircraft in flight during the Battle of Rotterdam. The pilot and gunner aboard. German officers and paratroopers seated in the transport aircraft. The paratroopers jump from the aircraft and descend towards the target area of Rotterdam. A map depicts the target area of Rotterdam in Holland. German troops advance on ground. Soldiers on motorbikes and tanks. They uproot barricades, fences and obstructions as they advance. German trucks haul artillery. German troops cross the Rhine in rubber boats and over pontoon bridges. German soldiers stuff grenades into their belts, lay wire, and horses are pushed into water. Street fighting on deserted streets. Medics attend to the wounded. German tank guns fired resulting in explosions. German Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka dive bombers in flight drop bombs over Rotterdam. Tanks are hit. Wounded soldiers helped onto motorbikes. A sign for a field hospital. German Corpsmen care for the wounded. German officers and soldiers during a discussion in the field. Dead French soldiers and wrecked French tanks. French prisoners of war (POW) transferred. Military trucks, antiaircraft guns and jeeps advance.
German troops invade Holland during World War 2. German soldiers seen crossing a river, in small boats, next to destroyed bridges, during the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands They move quickly past buildings in a city. Momentary Glimpse of a Dutch marine defending a bridge over the Waal river in Rotterdam. He is firing what appears to be a Lewis machine gun with a protected cover over its magazine. Otherwise there is no sign of armed resistance to the German troops. A bomb, dropped from an unseen German bomber, creates a huge explosion that sends smoke billowing into the air. Aerial view of a squadron of German Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers in flight. A formation of German Heinkel He 111 bombers in flight. Closeup of He 111 in flight. German paratroopers jumping from Junkers Ju-52 trimotor transport aircraft. Closeups of the Ju-52s. Guns and ammunition airdropped, and floating to ground in the city, where they are gathered up and employed by German ground troops. A group of paratroopers on a bridge where a supply parachute is seen entangled and hanging by its shroud lines. Explosions in distance. German tanks, and Ju-87 dive bombers in action. German heavy artillery firing. Buildings being destroyed by bombing in Rotterdam. Civilians fleeing their homes. Lines of civilian refugees clogging roads, including a group of nuns in habit. Bombs seen falling from He-111 bombers. View from a bomber of explosions below. Various targets being bombed, including a ship in the Rotterdam harbor. Nightime views of the city of Rotterdam in flames. German aerial reconnaissance views of the destroyed city following the bombings. Dutch military officer proceeding to formally surrender.
Animated map depicts principal positions of British and French forces on the French-Belgian border in September, 1939 at the start of World War 2, It shows assembly and movement of some forces in Belgium and Holland. Adolf Hitler looks over a planning map with Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch and other officers. Animated map illustrates the disposition of German forces under Generals Bock and Von Rundstedt, and their plan of attack across the Rhine River into Belgium. At German headquarters communications center switchboard operators connect military units to send orders. German soldiers and equipment starts moving with motorcycles, trucks, halftracks and other vehicles. General Franz Halder, Commmander-in-Chief of all German forces, climbs into an open army utility vehicle, after arriving by plane at an airport. An aircraft engine being started. Marshal Hermann Goering, Chief of the airforce (Luftwaffe) converses with an officer at an airport. Junkers Ju 88 bombers taking off and flying in loose formation high overhead. Views from inside one of the aircraft. Closeup of a Heinkel He 111 bomber in flight. View from greenhouse of the aircraft. German paratroopers in the cabin of a Junkers Ju 52 transport plane. Two Ju 52s flying overhead. View from inside a Ju 52 of Belgium and Holland waterways below. Pilot informs the troopers who stand and begin the parachute from the plane into Rotterdam. Closeup of the troopers exiting with chutes starting to open. Three Ju 52s dropping paratroops. Shots of troopers descending under fully open chutes. Aerial view of Rotterdam. German troops running along street and discarding border obstacles with sledge hammers.Military vehicles crossing the border. Tanks used to destroy obstacles. A Stug III crossing the border. German infantry moving cautiously through wooded area. A group drops down to the ground as a shot is heard to ricochet past them. German soldiers firing machine gun. Infantry under fire moving across fields flanking a village. German soldiers under small arms fire, scurry along a deserted steet in a town and seek shelter in doorways. Two carry a wounded comrade. A soldier fires an MG 42 machine gun resting on the shoulder of another soldier. German soldiers stand over two wounded. More German troops running close to buildings for cover.
Film opens with animated map showing Fort Eben-Emael in Northeastern Belgium, during World War 2. It higlights the Albert and the Willem Canals nearby. German troops are shown hunkered down near a path by a canal. Their commander orders one squad to advance. They cross the path and go down the canal embankment. A destroyed bridge seen in background. Next, the squad of four is seen in a small boat, passing the destroyed bridge as gunfire sounds.They reach the other shore and scramble up the embankment. A Panzer IV tank firing point blank to the rear, at a building. View from German held bank of a Canal as German shells strike the opposite shore. A Panzer IV tank moving past the camera and onto a bridge crossing a canal.(Narrator notes that the The 18th Army under Generalfeldmarschall Georg von Küchler and the 6th Army under General Walther von Reichenau, are participating in this campaign.) High ranking German officers riding in an open staff car carrying a gunner with a machine gun. German troops marching alongside a road as others in trucks drive past. German towed artillery moving along a road past local refugees carrying their belongings in horse-drawn wagons. Map highlights waterways and Dutch city of Moerdijk, which it reflects as German territory, along with other places as illustrates areas falling under control of the German armies advancing toward Rotterdam in "Fortress Holland." German soldiers fighting in urban Holland. Two hunkered down by a gas station. The sky illuminated by fires raging from German bombardment. German Commanders consulting with their officers. German soldiers climbing over house roofs and entering therefrom. Army trucks and armor advancing into a city. Two Dutch defenders surrendering. A Dutch officer accompanied by a soldier with a white flag, being escorted by a German officer. A Dutch vehicle with a white flag, leading several past a windmill. Dutch Commander,Colonel Pieter Wilhelmus Scharroo, enters a building with several staff, and sits at a table opposite Generalleutnant Rudolf Schmidt and other high ranking officers, to negotiate terms of surrender. The German officers are seen reviewing maps of the area. Numerous Dutch prisoners of war are seen marching along a road.
The German assault on the Netherlands during World War II. An animated map depicts the German campaign to capture Liege (Luttich) in Belgium, and Holland. German invasion of Holland and the Dutch surrender. Soldiers in prone position fire guns as they advance in a field. They run across a road, cross the Meuse (Mass) and the Albert Canal in boats. Soldiers come ashore and take cover. Smoke due to explosions. Tanks in a field. Bomb damaged buildings and bridges. Troops advance on tanks. A map of Holland depicts Rotterdam. A bridge in the city. Shops on the streets. Soldiers fire guns. German officers. Troops advance in vehicles over a bridge. Tanks on the streets. German soldiers march Belgian and Dutch prisoners of war. Deserted streets in the city. German officers in cars. An officer greets the soldiers. German officers discuss a map and strategize during a meeting. Soldiers march with their belongings.