Views of industrial development projects and activities during Soviet Russia's first 5-year plan under Joseph Stalin. Mining activities, with ore being moved on conveyer belts and open rail cars. view upwards toward piping and towers in a petroleum refining plant. Steel plant and open hearth furnace. Turbine deck in a hydroelectric power plant. Electric transmission lines. Farmer irrigating crops with machinery. Workers shoveling grain out of open bed trucks. Apartment houses under construction. A machinist turning metal on a lathe. Factory workers in a room with pictures of Lenin and Stalin on the wall. Freight trains underway (ostensibly to Siberia). Officials visiting a machine shop, during the 2nd Five Year Plan, in 1935. They present worker's medals to Stakhanovites (superior workers). Views of Stakhanovites conversing and comparing medals at a presentation occasion. View of criminal (political) proceedings conducted in the Great Purge (Yezhovshchina) during 1937-38. Photograph of N.I. Yezhov (called Stalin's executioner, by the narrator). Picture of Stalin walking with Felix Dzerzhinsky, Lev Kamenev, and Gregory Zinoviev, Ca. 1925. The latter two images are circled as narrator says they were quickly disposed of after Stalin seized power. View of trials in which persons are accused of plotting with Leon Trotsky, in 1936, at the Hotel Bristol, in Copenhagen (according to narrator, who notes that the hotel was no longer in operation in 1936). More trial scenes. Image of N.I. Yezhov is shown, again, as narrator states that he was purged in 1938, along with other officials.
Hermann Göring, in military uniform, broadcasts announcement of Germany's intent to rearm, in 1935. View of Adolf Hitler, in uniform, reviewing German troops, assembled in formation at the Lustgarten in Berlin, and on parade in grass field stadium. Scene shifts back to Göring reading text of his broadcast, and then to momentary glimpse of Russian tank in Red Square.(Germany and Russia collaborated on military hardware during interwar period.) An unmarked Russian T26 tank with cylindrical turret, displaying "T-149" on its lower front. A variety of tanks being run through trials, dropping over steep obstacles, moving through rivers, and plunging through obstacles. German gun crew with a 122mm field howitzer. Closeup of soldiers working at the breech area. Troops with rifles engaged in field exercises, taking prone positions and crawling along on the ground. German Navy (Kriegsmarine) sailor signaling with semaphore flags. German soldiers firing machine gun. Wehrmacht eagle and swastika on his helmet. German cavalry on horseback. Hitler youth marching segueing into German army troops marching. German boys jumping segueing into German paratroopers jumping from Junkers Ju-52 transport planes. Likewise, German youth receiving award turns into German soldier receiving Iron Cross medal. Similar transition leading to German Luftwaffe pilot donning helmet in airplane cockpit. A Junkers 87 Stuka dive bomber taking off from a grass field. Formation of 6 Stukas in flight overhead. German Hitler youth cheering. A line of German Heinkel He 50 dive bomber aircraft parked side-by-side with engines running, on an airfield and then in loose formation flying overhead. Low flying German airplanes laying down smoke screens. Heinkel He 60 float planes dropping ordnance in water. View from German Navy scout plane flying low past a German warship. Goering speaking again. Hitler reviewing marching troops. The German light Cruiser Königsberg. A German gunboat. A line of German warships in formation. Hitler casually rendering the Nazi salute from a balcony, as crowd below cheers him. Closeup of Adolf Hitler. Nazi storm troopers marching in nighttime torchlight parade. Hitler on a balcony with others,at night, as crowds below cheer.
National Program for air-warfare in Russia. A formation of Russian aircraft flies overhead. The formation of Russian aircraft forms a star. The General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Marshal Joseph Stalin standing at an airfield and talks to staff officers. A formation of four-engine Russian bombers in low flight overhead. Paratroopers bail out of the airplanes.
Boy poses behind automobile on bank of the Volga River in Russia. Some men inspect the deck of a cable ferry. A boy sits on logs floating in the river. Woman fills her pot with water from the river. A man cuts wood. Buffalo carts and cows near the river. Women sit in a boat. A man washes his horse by the river while some boys swim. One man demonstrates traditional Russian folk dancing. A man eats fruit. and some take naps. Two automobiles are driven onto the ferry. Passengers and crew pull together on cables and a winch to propel ferry. One passenger offers ferryman a cigarette.
Passengers relaxing on board a steamship on the Volga River in Russia. First class passengers dining . Passengers on deck smile and watch as the ship pulls close to buildings on a pier. Women and children on deck chairs. A boy in a sailor suit. Sights along the river as the ship proceeds. Passengers conversing on deck. A boy kneeling with a box, sells something to a passenger.
A Russian science fiction film depicting the history of early rocket club experiments in Russia. Scientists watch equipment on which pictures related to the space appear. Three men are sent into the space in a rocket.