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Soviet military forces and equipment employed to defend against German invasion in World War 2

Film opens with exploding shells and bombs at a steel bridge and along a waterfront, during World War II. g. Soviet troops march in the street of a city. An open truck filled with soldiers passes the camera. Smoke rises from chimneys over an industrial complex. A formation of Soviet Polikarpov I-16 aircraft in flight overhead. A formation of Soviet Ilyushin Il-4 bombers in flight overhead. Closeup of a Soviet BT-7 Tank. A formation of BT-7 tanks moving across a field. Soviet soldiers with captured Nazi Swastika flags. A Soviet BT-5 tank plowing through snow. Cossack cavalry charging across a frozen lake. A Russian artillery piece Extreme closeup of a Soviet Petlyakov Pe-2 bomber in flight. A tank climbing out of a deep hole. A Soviet Lavochkin La-5 fighter plane coming in to land, with flaps extended. Closeup of a Soviet BT-7 tank. Battery of Soviet 85 mm M1939 (52-K) anti-aircraft guns. Soviet tank commander standing atop his tank, looking through binoculars. A Russian battlecruiser firing her guns. Formation of Russian warships cruising at high speed. Triple gun turret on a Russian warship. Large formation of Soviet soldiers marching while holding rifles with fixed bayonets in front of them. Closeup of Soviet troops marching with shouldered arms. British union jack flag superimposed over British soldiers marching. American flag superimposed over U.S. troops marching. A giant formation of warplanes in flight overhead. A Soviet soldier (sentry) standing next to the Red flag, with formation of airplanes aloft in background.

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 25 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Actions of Germany and Russia at the beginning of World War II

Events leading to start of World War 2. Contingents of German army troops and black uniformed SS (Schutzstaffel) troops parading past Hitler on reviewing stand in German city. Hitler youth at a rally in a stadium. Hitler addressing an open air assembly, shaking his fist, yelling about the might of Germany in an animated fashion. Women holding signs reading: "Down with War and Fascism," and "Aid the Allies." 1939 edition of the New York Times carries headline about Nazi pact with Soviets and of Estonia giving Moscow air and sea bases. Views of Soviet leaders, Joseph Stalin, Vyacheslav Molotov, and General Boris Mikhailovitch Shaposhnikov, preparing to meet with German foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop for signing of Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact agreeing to non-aggression between Germany and the Soviet Union. Von Ribbentrop descending from his airplane for the meeting. Scenes of German attack and invasion of Poland, September 1, 1939. Vehicles carrying German troops on the move. German Stuka, Ju87 dive bombers peeling off in dives and dropping bombs. German He-111 bomber in flight. Many explosions and collapsing buildings and destruction depicted. Soviet T-26 Twin-Turret Cavalry Tank seen moving through snow as it crosses Polish frontier, on September, 17, 1939. Soviet troops charging into Poland in the snow. The two forces meet in central Poland. Newspaper cartoon of the time shows Hitler and Stalin politely addressing each other in deprecating terms. Soviet icebreaker opening the way for German warships. German submarine making way on the surface, ostensibly from a base in Murmansk, and firing at a surface ship with its deck gun. A French fighter plane spinning towards earth and pilot parachuting. Narrator speaks of French Communists sabotaging electrical systems on the aircraft. The plane burning on the ground. German troops marching along the Champs Elysee, with the Arch of Triumph in background. German troops firing artillery at Soviet forces. Wooden buildings burning. German soldier taking a prisoner.

Date: 1940
Duration: 2 min 36 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Soviet forces demonstrating their prowess and weapons in 1941 during World War II

After credits, opening slate refers to the battle front of the future, battles of the Motherland. Opening action shows a Tupolev SB-2 Katyushka bomber taking off on a grassy field. Momentary glimpse of the nose of a Mig-1 with engine running. Then a stubby Polikarpov I-153 biwing aircraft takes off. Two of them are seen in flight overhead, and then several more. Scene shifts to some captured German prisoners of war being escorted by Soviet armed guards. Troops and more prisoners walk down gang planks from a large flat river barge. A T-26 tank sits overlooking the barge as its occupants depart under guard. Scene shifts to an advanced model T-26 Soviet tank moving across a field. Another is also moving in the background. Other tanks move past the camera, through sand, and past trees. A Soviet BT-5 tank speeds past the camera. Soviet troops firing Quad-mounted PM M1910 Maxim machine guns as antiaircraft weapon. Other antiaircraft weapons firing at a German Bf 109 aircraft in flight overhead. Aerial view of a German Stuka Dive Bomber (Ju-87). Soviet gunners firing a camouflaged 85 mm M1939 (52-K) anti-aircraft gun. A German Bf 109 fighter aircraft turns and makes a gentle dive . Next, a burning aircraft is seen plummeting to earth. A large explosion. Two 85mm antiaircraft gins firing. More German aircraft are seen and another one is shot down. Several early ,model Soviet T-26 light infantry tanks run in formation over sharply rolling hills in what appears to be a testing or demonstration ground. several explosions occur near them as they move. Field artillery firing from concealed positions in woods. A tree is felled by shelling and an explosion nearby raises huge clods of earth. Soviet infantry charge through barbed wire. One soldier carries a mine detector. Soviet troops charge through woods. Several German prisoners of war are taken. Numerous German prisoners seated on the ground in an open field.

Date: 1941, July 27
Duration: 3 min 17 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: Russian
 
 
Polish Refugees travel three years and 3 thousand miles to Iran during World War II.

Many Polish refugees are seen in the final phase of their monumental trek of three years and three thousand miles from Poland, during World War 2. Scene shifts to Poland in 1939, where polish refugees crowd roads carrying their belongings in wooden carts and other conveyances. They are seen at a rest stop where they obtain food. Animated map shows path of refugees fleeing East into the Soviet Union, following the German invasion in August, 1939. The path continues Southeast in 1941, as they flee from the German campaign, Operation Barbarossa, into the Soviet Union. Their journey continues along the west coast of the Caspian Sea, through the Caucasus, to Persia (Iran). Views of refugees arriving at the Persian border, where they are seen near many tents, and being provided with articles of clothing from British and American Red Cross Stations. Refugees donning new shoes and other items. Young girls having their hair styled. Refugees sit at long tables where they receive hot meals. A teacher conducts an outdoor class for Polish refugee children. Closeup of children at their desks. Refugee women are seen tilling soil to plant crops, while fathers and grown sons and daughters leave to join the new armies of the Polish Government in Exile. Views of Polish women, in uniforms marching and of uniformed armed Polish soldiers, as well becoming part of the Allied war against the Axis powers. Polish refugees at an outdoor shrine, offering prayers for the safety of their members in the military. New polish refugee arrivals at the Persian border being greeted by others, many of whom are family members.

Date: 1943
Duration: 2 min 46 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Scenes of destruction from late 1939 in Finland during the Russo-Finish war

Film opens with a map of Europe showing black-shaded region of the Soviet Union, and pointing out Germany and Finland. Next, are shown moving images of rural buildings on fire in Finland, late in 1939, during the Russo-Finish war. (The Narrator comments that Finland's population was only 4 million while that of the soviets was 180 million.) Soviet bombers are seen high in the sky. A lone woman hurries along a street in Helsinki, Finland, past rubble of a bombed building. Smoke rises in the background. Finnish fire fighters man a hose to fight numerous huge fires in Helsinki.Various views of fires blazing in the capital.

Date: 1939
Duration: 1 min 42 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
Exchange of cultures and collaboration in science and arts between the Soviet Union and the United States

The Moscow summit between the U.S. and USSR in Moscow, Russia. Wyeth family artwork being packed in boxes for a visit to the Soviet Union. Various paintings being packed up. In exchange, some Russian paintings and artwork seen that will be displayed in America. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev visits the United States during Glasnost efforts. People on the streets in what appears to be New York or possibly Washington DC are surprised when he exits his motorcade to shake hands directly with American citizens gathered on the sidewalks.The U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and his wife visiting Soviet Georgia and being greeted by Soviet citizens. Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan side by side at a summit in Washington DC. They stand together on the White House lawn as a band plays. Animation depicts the sharing of cultures between the two nations and the exchange of magazines. View of American rock star Billy Joel and his band performing at a concert in the Soviet Union on New Year's eve. A Moiseyev Dance Company folk troupe from Russia performing a dance in the United States. Cultural exchange between the two countries includes views of a piano performance by Vladimir Horowitz in Moscow and a ballet performance in the United States by the Bolshoi Ballet. Several Russian school children pose for pictures on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Soviet teenage children enjoy a elevated ropes course in an outdoor program. People sit in an amphitheater with officials at a Chautaqua Talk in 1987. A group of Soviet citizens view a touring "Information USA" exhibit in the Soviet Union that presents American culture. They view the program on an array of television monitors. A young Russian boy speaks in Russian about his interest in learning about American culture. People watch a science exhibition. Astronauts of the USA and Soviet Union in a spacecraft. The astronauts open a connecting hatch and shake hands. Narrator describes collaboration of the two nations to monitor and study the depleting ozone layer of the earth and how to protect it. A man is shown sunbathing. Officials of the America and the Soviet Union sign an agreement relating to sharing information about safety of nuclear power plants. Soviet representatives and George Shultz, the U.S. secretary of State, inaugurate a new communication system that communicates nuclear dangers between the two countries. A woman in the communication room. Food grain pouring from a harvester, part of what is supplied to the Soviets. Soviet Union tanks and soldiers in Afghanistan. Soviet soldiers walking on a street in Afghanistan in front of a shop. Arrested American journalist Nicholas Daniloff disembarks an aircraft after his release. View of the exterior of the American Embassy in Russia. U.S. marine Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree being escorted under guard after having been accused of collaborating in a Soviet spy mission at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Scene inside a Voice of America radio broadcast studio. Sign indicates it is broadcasting in Russian. Close up of meter moving on a radio instrument during the broadcast. Dancers from the Dance Theatre of Harlem performing before their visit to the Soviet Union. A group of Soviet citizens including men, women and children walking outdoors. Mikhail Gorbachev with U.S. President Ronald Reagan at a ceremony on the White House grounds on December 8, 1987.

Date: 1987
Duration: 5 min 13 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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