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.
Invasion of Denmark and Norway by Germany on 9th April,1940 during World War II.
Invasion of Denmark: German warships and troop ships underway towards Denmark. A Nazi Navy ensign flag flying and German soldiers on a deck. A large gun on the deck. Infantry with machine guns. The soldiers look through binoculars. German Heinkel 111 bombers fly overhead. German tanks roll along street in Denmark. German troops unload from ships at a pier and parade through the streets of Denmark. Invasion of Norway: Interior view of German Ju 52 transport airplane loaded with troops and bicycles. An air view of Norway coast. Heinkel 111 aircraft in flight. Numerous German float planes seen in harbor below. Ju 52 comes in for landing. Several Ju 52s on an airport. Troops unload from one and march from the field. German troops take up positions. A radio tower being guarded. A Nazi soldier on guard at Oslo airport. Formations of Me bf 109 aircraft fly overhead. German troops in defensive positions overlooking a port. Ju 88 bombers overhead, and bombing coastal area. German troops marching in Oslo, Norway.
German invasion of Norway and Denmark during World War II. German troops along with a horse drawn cart advance. The troops with guns advance. German soldiers on bicycles advance. A German soldier puts a flag on a pole. A German soldier looks through binoculars. A barrel of a gun in the foreground. Boats underway at sea and the barrel of a gun in the foreground. A German aircraft in flight. A pilot in the cockpit of the aircraft. Two German aircraft in flight over a river. The aircraft in flight and boats underway in the background. A view of a bridge along with the river. German troops on motorbikes cross the bridge. German troops on the bridge salute the soldiers on the motorbikes. A sign on the bridge. The bicycle troops cross the bridge. A German officer and the barrel of a gun in the foreground.
A strong autumn storm hits the shores of Scandinavia and Spanish Peninsula in Europe. Storm surf waves roll over the coast. Ships and boats struck in the storm and beached off shore. The freighter Ping An stuck off the coast of the Netherlands. Rescue operations underway for the crew of the Ping An, as citizens look on from the shore. Life boats from the Ping An reach shore with crewmen happy to be safely on shore.
Some 1940 U.S. football highlights. Scenes of a long touchdown run and an interception and touchdown run from the 1940 National Football League Championship Game that the Chicago Bears won 73-0, on December 8, 1940. Scenes from the Dartmouth-Cornell "Fifth-Down" game of November 16, 1940, with Cornell quarterback "Pop" Scholl throwing a "winning" touchdown pass to William Murphy.
The first Selective Service lottery conducted in Washington, DC, on October 29, 1940, in the United States. An American Legion member, in uniform, poses with Mrs. Robert Bell and her son and a young woman (her daughter?) after her son's draft number (158) had been the first one drawn in the Washington DC Lottery. Dr. Baxter talks with Mrs. Bell and asks why she exclaimed out loud when the first number was drawn. Dr. Baxter gives her the capsule in which her son's draft number was contained. Views of the audience at the The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, where the lottery was being conducted.