Russian sailors serving prison sentences inside a jail in Russia, after conviction for their respective roles in the 1905 mutiny aboard the Battleship Potemkin. A Czarist guard at a prison camp watches the prisoners walking in circle. Potemkin sailors in chains. An armed guard patrols outside a jail with several Potemkin sailors inside the jail. Guards with rifles at a railroad station await the arrival of Potemkin sailors. The chained Potemkin sailors with injuries walk out of the railroad station.
A picture of Bernt Leuton, a resident of East Berlin East Germany, who fled to West Berlin West Germany. Border guards at the Communist side of Berlin in East Germany. View of Leuton on August 13, 1961 after being shot by an East German guard, after successfully swimming across the connecting canal. He is hauled out by West German guards. A map of the world. Narrator begins to trace history of Bernt Leuton's shooting by recounting prior events in history of Russia and Soviet Union. View of the Winter Palace of Czar Nicholas II, with the Czar and Czarina Alexandra standing on a balcony. Saint Petersburg, Russia on January 22nd , 1905 : Peasants and workers, with their leader Russian Orthodox Priest, Father Georgi Gapon, gathered outside the palace to deliver a petition to Czar Nicholas II. A number of the people carry banners. A picture of Czar Nicholas II. Reenactment of Czar's armed cossack cavalry dispersing the crowd, The words 'My autocracy will remain unchanged' issued by the Czar to which Father Gapon replies that they "no longer have a Czar." Picture of Father George Gapon. Picture of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, and moving images of Lenin speaking. The Czar Nicholas II and his wife, escorted by guards, moving on a path during a ceremony. The Czar mounting a horse and the guards saluting him. A picture of the Czar's wife and hemophiliac son. Picture of Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin, whose occult powers were believed to have kept the Czar's son alive.
Film depicts the rise of communism as a backlash to Imperial rule in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Animated map of the world. Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia at the balcony of the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. In contrast , scenes show peasants at work, carrying wooden logs. Russian peasants accompanied by Priest Father Georgiy Apollonovich Gapon, gather with a group of protesters in a square of St. Petersburg. People stand before the Winter Palace and protest against the hardship of their lives under the Tsar. An inserted scene shows Protesters being subdued by Tsarist soldiers. .Closeup of the young Tsar, Nicholas II. Closeup of Father Gapon. Closeup of a young Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (AKA Lenin). View of Lenin giving a revolutionary speech. The Tsar and Tsarina strolling together in the company of Royal Guardsmen. The Tsar mounting a horse for ceremonial review. Picture of Tsarina Alexandra and her hemophiliac son, Alexei Nikolaevich, in a sailor suit. Picture of Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin.
View of a busy streets of New York City in 1905. Horse drawn carriages ride by. Pedestrians walking. Streetcars or trolleys pass at the upcoming intersection. Brief cut to 1940s aerial view of Saint Patricks Cathedral, and street view in front of cathedral. Then return to 1905 footage. Women and men in turn of century clothing, early 20th century fashions. Variety of different hats, top hats, derby hats, ornate hats on women. Overcoats, suits, and long dresses.
King George V and Queen Mary at the Coronation Durbar arena in Delhi, India, in 1911. They are seen under the royal canopy, surrounded by troops wearing White helments, white gloves, and white puttees. Complete change of scene shows women on horse-drawn floats in a suffrage movement parade on 42nd street, East of 5th Avenue in New York City, circa 1912. A woman dressed as Columbia stands in the first float,wearing a banner with word "Suffrage" on it. and some men supporters march in the parade. Crowds watch from the sidewalks. Uniformed policemen escort the marchers. Several women ride in a second float, wearing various costumes, including those of 17th Century pilgrims and of the 18th Century revolutionary war era. The float displays an American flag and some other type, as well. An automobile festooned with flowers, follows behind. The final scene shifts to London, England, circa 1905, and shows women's suffrage leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, carrying a bouquet of flowers, as she is escorted by a gentleman, out of a professional office building. One sign on the building reads,"Goodale, Hobson, & MacHahon.This refers to William Goodale, Alfred Allen Hobson, and Patrick Maurice MacMahon, Solicitors, 9, Essex Street, Strand London, England. (Note: that firm dissolved in 1907.)
German attempts to conquer Russia fails. Animated maps show German advance in Russia. German Army invades Russia. Maps analyze Russian war strategy. A newspaper headline in the Chicago Daily News reads 'Nazis claim knock-out victory'. Adolf Hitler makes a victory speech. Fire and explosions. German tanks carry soldiers on streets. Intense Street fight in Sevastopol. Cities destroyed in Russia. Russian civilians gather on the streets.