German invasion of Russia during World War II. A map showing German invasion path in Russia until defeat at siege of Stalingrad. A map showing Soviet postwar expansion into Eastern Poland, East Prussia, portions of Finland and other areas. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are incorporated as Republics into the Soviet Union. Russian zones of occupation in Germany, Austria and North Korea. Map depicts an "Iron Curtain" encompassing the Soviet postwar territories. Soviet troops and tanks occupying countries. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns traveling along a city street. Crowds cheering in a stadium in Soviet East Germany. President Wilhelm Pieck of the German Democratic Republic is among people seen applauding in the stands. . Soviet cargo ships in a harbor operating under trade agreements. Chinese Communist forces moving with guns and artillery and tanks to expel Chiang Kai-Shek and Chinese Nationalists from mainland China, in 1949. Chinese refugees including a casualty and a child holding a bag.
Animated map shows thrust of German forces during invasion of Soviet Russia in World War 2. Stalingrad is highlighted as a turning point. Another animated map shows Soviet territorial gains at the end of the war, as narrator discusses the disposition of those places and their respective populations, as in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. He also discusses Soviet zones of occupation. Animated map shows "Iron Curtain." Soviet troops on parade. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAG) on display during a parade in 1945. A stadium filled with people in Soviet-occupied East Germany, in 1949. Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck, the first President of the German Democratic Republic, is seen in the stands. Young East German women parade in traditional costumes, clapping their hands, in the stadium. Waterfront scenes show Soviet trade activities with post-war occupied entities. Scenes of conflict as Chinese communist forces expel Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces from the mainland to Formosa, in 1949. A litter-borne casualty and a refugee mother and small girl are seen.
The Kremlin viewed from Borodinsky bridge over Moskva (Moscow) River, in May, 1949. Cathedral Square can be seen to the right (East) dominated by the tall Ivan, the Great, Bell tower. The Metropolitan Hotel viewed from across a square. Buses moving on the streets. Camera pans across members attending meeting of a USSR legislature (Duma), focusing on the wide variety of ethnicities and cultures represented by the persons and dress of the delegates. A speaker delivers a dramatic poetic speech and is applauded. Huge illuminated images of Lenin and Stalin flank the backdrop of the stage and podium. The film ends with the Chairman of the Gosduma, rising and applauding, quickly accompanied by others on the stage and then, by those seated in the hall.
Views of St.Stephen's Cathedral, Budapest, Hungary. Cardinal Mindszenty and retinue enter St. Stephen's Cathedral. Dark interior of cathedral. Cardinal Mindszenty and priests leaving cathedral. Cardinal in procession during festival. The crowd is blessed in Blessing ceremony. Several graves in woods, marked with wooden crosses. Hungarian Communist Leader Mathius Rakosi speaks. Photograph of Cardinal during his trial in Hungary. Comparison of Cardinal Mindszenty's signatures made in 1947 with that ostensibly signed to his confession in 1949. Massed American flags carried by members of the American Legion, in May Day loyalty Parade passing Central Park, in New York City. Small parade of Communists Sympathizers in New York. People carry banners reading: "Against KKK; Against War Bases in Africa; Against Universal Military Training; The Soviet Union Wants Peace; Return to Roosevelt's Peace Policy." One man carrys sign reading: "Hail the State of Israel." Roman Catholic Priests lead 'Procession of protests' against Russia,. at New York Polo grounds
Russian Newspapers announces early completion of five-year plans, with headlines like - Glorious victory for the people of Moscow. Government officials addressing gathering and congratulating citizens. 1949.