An oil fire in Rotterdam, South Holland in the Netherlands. A gasoline tank on fire. Thick black smoke rises from the burning tank. Firefighters try to douse the blazing fire.
Invasion of Belgium and the Netherlands by Germany on 10th May, 1940. Belgium: Nazi troops enter Belgian border crossing with armor and infantry, and invade Belgium. Netherlands: German Ju 52 trimotor transport aircraft carry paratroopers who jump over Rotterdam, Netherlands. They land and move against defenders on the ground. Defenders surrendering under white flags. German aircraft bomb parts of Rotterdam and cause a large conflagration at Rotterdam Port. Fires burning in Rotterdam. civilians leaving areas of fire carrying belongings.
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.
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.
Motorists being processed at a German border crossing. The Border guard examines items being carried across the border. the operator of a travel trailer presents documents. Views of trains stopping at borders, including famous trans-European trains such as the Edelweiss and the Nord Express between Paris and Copenhagen. Trans-European train crossing border where Swedish flag is displayed. Sign on a train listing stops including Stockholm, Copenhagen, Basel and Rome. Electric train passing through border. Railroad construction underway through the center of Brussels, Belgium. A large new train station being completed in the heart of Rome, Italy. A locomotive under construction in Switzerland. Rubber train wheels being used by the Swiss. A ship displaying Swedish flag loads cargo at Rotterdam. Panning views of the Rotterdam port, in the Netherlands. A 4-masted sailing ship docked at a pier in the port. The port's modern warehouses. Men step out on rotating platform high in warehouse building. cranes loading cargo for ships.