People milling about near the base of a tall white monument with a Soviet T-34 tank perched on its top.. A busy area in front of a big-city train station. It displays Russian and Chinese Nationalist flags. Smoke rises up from chimney behind the train station building. Closeup of smiling multiethnic civilians wearing warm coats standing in a group. The rear of a multistory building displaying posters of Chiang Kai-Shek and an unidentified official. A huge "V" hung over center of building, with sign in large Chinese characters on roof above it. View of front of building. It appears to be a headquarters. Some small obstacles placed on street in front of the building and some sand bags near entrance. Local Chinese troops walking in the street. A large poster on the street, showing Soviet and Chinese soldiers shaking hands. It contains message: "НАРОДЫ СССР ИКИТАЯ СОЕДЯИНЯИТЕСЬ" (PEOPLES OF THE USSR AND CHINA UNITE). Message is also written in Chinese above the picture. Many passengers are seen getting off train at open air depot. Men stand on top of the railroad cars, offloading bundles from train roof, with ropes. View of wide street with an official building at end. Flags from posts at sides of gated entrance. Donkey pulling a cart and a man with a hand cart seen on street. Crowded outdoor "camping" area, with many wooden tables and chairs, and multiethnic people cooking and eating. A market place, with donkeys standing by heavily laden carts. Owners wait to offload their goods for merchant buyers. A young man displays a huge bowl of rice. Workers on roof, making repairs to bomb-damaged building.Several pedestrians and animal drawn carts seen on the main road from the Headquarters. A jeep and a truck, with American White Star insignia on it, are seen in driveway of building. Sandbags at corner of building. Complete change of scene and time. Large central plaza with tall monument in center. Snow on the ground. Horse-drawn carts pass in front of an imposing building adorned with a huge "medal" containing a bas-relief of Josef Stalin; a huge Red Star, on the roof; and a large sign in Russian reading: "ОСВОБОПИТЕПЬНЦЕ" (Liberator). A Russian officer and two Russian soldiers with weapons. Soviet Lieutenant General Vasily Chuikov, special advisor to Chiang Kai-Shek in 1941, shakes hands with a Chinese one-star General. Another Chinese officer, in plain uniform, stands near.(Latter has injured nose.) [Important Note: This film appears to include segments from various unrelated places and times ]
German troops on attack at the Russian front. Snow covered area. Germans chop down pine tree in preparation for celebration of Christmas on the Russian front in 1941. They get inside a house. They come outside the house with other soldiers. A soldier on a motor bike. Soldiers on sledges. German ski patrol encounters Russian forces while towing equipment cross country. The soldiers wear warm jackets. Whitewashed Pz.38t Czech tank, used by Germans, passes in the snow.
Film opens showing Adolf Hitler, in World War 2, with Field Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch, Army Commander-in-Chief, and other top military members, planning for Operation Barbarossa (Attack to the East toward the Soviet Union). As he walks away from the table, he speaks briefly to Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, head of the Kriegsmarine (German Navy). Next Hitler and Marshall Hermann Goering are seen strolling and conversing at the Eastern Front headquarters, "the wolf's lair," (Wolfschanze) near Rastenburg, East Prussia (now Poland). Scene shifts to the Soviet Union, where Joseph Stalin is seen speaking at a podium. A large outdoor audience, including some soldiers, is gathered to listen. Images showing the Soviet people responding to defend against the German Nazi invasion. Closeup of Soviet soldiers with shouldered weapons. The nearest is holding a PPSh-41 submachine gun. Closeups of Soviet women and men in military uniforms. Soviet citizens heading to enlist in the military. Soldiers marching loosely n a city street. Patriotic singing is heard in background. A formation of Soviet women marching. Some carry furled banners. Soviet women carrying simple farm implements, marching in a rural part of Russia and joining others who are working to prepare anti-tank ditches and barriers in the countryside. Views of hundreds of people working on this project. Weapons being provided to rural Soviet guerrillas who will operate behind enemy lines. Anti-aircraft guns being set up overlooking a harbor. Closeup of Soviet soldiers manipulating controls on a camouflaged anti-aircraft gun and others maneuvering a four-barreled anti-aircraft machine gun. Local farm family members on makeshift towers keeping watch over huge fields of wheat. Soviet farmers harvesting the wheat with scythes. An armed farmer shielding his eyes as he searches the skies for German airplanes. Closeup of a man cutting wheat with a scythe as women gather the sheaves behind him. Motorized harvesters at work in a field of wheat. Closeup of a woman operating one. Tractors used in harvesting. Women and children gleaning what remains behind in the harvested fields. Farmers driving their cattle East (away from advancing Germans). Evacuating Soviet people employ a scorched earth policy, burning their homes, barns, and anything that might be of value to advancing German forces. Views of burning houses. Soviet industrial enterprises working around the clock producing war materiel. Seen are petroleum facilities; a large plant expelling coke; coal pouring into a barge; men at work at a steel furnace; ribbons of hot steel moving out of rollers; a huge manufacturing plant in operation. Next, a Soviet Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tank is seen moving across a field. Russian Ploikarpov 1-16 fighter planes in flight. A large formation of German Dornier DO 17 bombers in flight high overhead. Soviet forces retreating. Views of fallen German soldiers, fires burning, and remnants of a downed German bomber. German prisoners of war marching under guard and others surrendering with hands in the air. Closeups of some German prisoners. A Russian Petlyakov Pe-2 aircraft parked in snow with engines running. Fallen German soldiers lying in the snow along a roadway, in Winter of 1941-42. A Russian Kliment Voroshilov (KV) tank maneuvering in the snow. Russian Bt-7 Light Cavalry Tanks proceeding toward the front in Springtime, 1942.
Russian troops advance on Eastern Front during World War II. Russian planes taxi on an airfield. Formation of planes in sky. Russian troops march on a road and disembark from a ferry at shores. Russian tanks advance on field. Russian gun crew fires camouflaged antiaircraft gun towards Nazi aircraft overhead. Nazi aircraft comes down in flames. Tanks advance on field. Russian artillery fires. Shell blasts on a field. Troops advance through barbed wire fence. German troops being taken prisoners by Russian soldiers.
A map of Russia. German infantry troops advance along Russian Front. Troops walk on roads. Horse driven carriages, locomotive, trucks and cars in view. German engineers blast factories and other installations to clear a way for advancing troops. Several soldiers carry bicycles. Tanks on unpaved roads. German tanks cross water. Men observe with binoculars. Firing and explosion.
Pictures taken by military and news cameramen during World War II. The North African Campaign, 1940: British tanks and infantry advance over the Libyan Desert. Soldiers fire artillery. Masses of Italian prisoners marched by British soldiers. The campaign on the Eastern Front, 1941: Nazi tanks advance under Luftwaffe air cover. Junker Ju 87 or Stukas drop bombs. Street fighting in Russia. Russian aircraft in flight. The pilots in the aircraft. Soldiers on tanks. Burning tanks. Soldiers run for cover past corpses on the battlefield.