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Soviet Union mobilizes to defend against German invasion in June, 1941, World War II

A film titled ' Our Russian front. It shows Soviet Russia's state of preparedness and national mobilization at the time of the German invasion (Operation Barbarossa) in 1941, during World War 2. Soviet troops on parade in Red Square, Moscow, carrying Tokarev SVT-40 semi-automatic assault rifles, with curved magazines and fixed bayonets. Glimpse of a Soviet heavy gun (possibly 152mm howitzer). A Soviet Navy gunboat speeding toward the camera. A formation of Polikarpov I-16 aircraft inflight overhead. Several views of soviet forces, including units composed entirely of women; Closeups of troops, some holding Russian RPD 7.62 cal m44 light machine guns. A Soviet T-26 speeding in Red Square with flag flying, during a parade. View from the rear of a line of Soviet Zvezda BT-7 light tanks being deployed along a dirt road. Russian civilians, most of them women, work digging hillside fortifications. Closeup of woman with small boy in her arms. Views of destroyed buildings and dead civilians in a Russian town Aerial view of bombs bursting on Russian city. Smoke rising from resulting fires. Several views of light flashes from artillery firing at night. American envoy, W. Averell Harriman, participant in the U.S.-British military mission to Moscow, broadcasts about Soviet determination to defend against the Nazi invasion, at all costs. He refers to Soviet mechanics assembling American aircraft (Provided under "Lend Lease"). Narrator identifies Harriman as Chairman of the Board of Union Pacific Railroad. View of Russian airplanes in formation, flying high above the State Museum building in Red Square, Moscow. An American Government aircraft (C-47 /DC-3) aircraft lands at Moscow Airport. View of the aircraft parked and surrounded by a large crowd of military and diplomatic attendees. Harriman steps from the plane. Next he is seen with British Lord Beaverbrook and Soviet diplomat, Andrey Yanuaryevich Vyshinsky. Another view of Russian aircraft flying over the State museum in Red Square. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (unseen) is heard in the background extolling the Russian efforts against the Nazis. Soviet Tupolev SB bombers in formation overhead. Flags waving Aerial view of a formation of Polikarpov I-16 aircraft in flight. A Komintern Artillery Tractor,carrying Soviet soldiers, tows a 152mm field howitzer. A formation of army vehicles carrying Russian troops along paths already formed in the dirt by prior tracked vehicles. Seen are Komintern Artillery Tractors and ordinary army trucks.

Date: 1941
Duration: 8 min 18 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Soviet Russia mobilizes to defend against German offensive (Operation Barbarossa) in World War II.

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. Soviet Russian Polikarpov I-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.

Date: 1941
Duration: 3 min 44 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Events on the Eastern front early in World War II

Goosestepping German troops on the march and German Panzer I tanks moving in formation across a field in World War 2. A formation of German Fieseler Fi 156 Storch airplanes in flight overhead, accompanied by two He-111 bombers. German paratroopers jumping from Ju-52 aircraft. Grand Admiral Erich Johann Albert Raeder head of the German Navy, making a statement. Bucolic scenes of European farm country and vineyards, with local people harvesting crops. Soviet troops marching on parade to a military band on the sidelines in Red Square, Moscow, soviet Union. Soviet motorcycle troops armed with light machine guns. Soviet T-26 light tanks in formation. Glimpse of Red Square, with St. Basil's Cathedral and other famous buildings. Soviet troops crossing a river on inflated boats. A long column of T-26 tanks moving along a dirt road. Sky filled with variety of Soviet warplanes, including four-engine bombers (with fixed landing gear) to bi-wing aircraft. Soviet paratroopers jumping from a Tupolev ANT-6 bomber. They climb out on the huge corrigated wing and slide off. View out past the tail of an ANT-6 bomber. Soviet Union and Japan conclude a neutrality pact. Views of the pact being signed by Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov for the Soviet Union and by Japanese Foreign Minister Matsuoka and Ambassador Yoshitsugu, for the Japanese, in Moscow on April 13, 1941. Joseph Stalin is observing in the center of the scene.

Date: 1941
Duration: 1 min 47 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Soviet forces engage invading German forces during World War II

Opening scene shows Soviet troops gathered in a forest during World War 2. Artillery fire is heard in background. Next Soviet artillerymen are firing a 122 mm howitzer M1910/30 at a front line position during World War 2. . A Soviet Polikarpov I-16 aircraft is seen briefly, in flight overhead. Soviet infantry advancing across a field behind a T-34 tank. Heavy smoke clouds nearby in the background. Soviet infantry moving through forest as machine gun fire is heard. One soldier places a slit shield in front of himself and fires through it with his rifle, while standing in a trench. View of him firing alongside a comrade in the trench. Soviet troops jumping from an army truck to take up positions in the field. Soviet Marshal Semyon Timoshenko is seen at the battle front accompanied by another officer. . A string of dropped bombs explode in the distance. Soviet soldiers in a trench looking for enemy aircraft with binoculars. Infantry passing through barbed wire. One carries a mine detector. Soviet machine gunners duck as a shell explodes near them. Infantry charging through the woods.Soviet Polikarpov.I-16 aircraft attack German tanks that maneuver in attempt to escape them. Bombs explode among the tanks. A Soviet Polikarpov I-16 aircraft climbs rapidly overhead. View from Russian aircraft of German tanks racing across a field, that appear to be emitting smoke screens. Soviet tanks moving past a blazing wooden structure. Wrecked German army motorcycle and side car displaying the Totenkopf (death head) symbol. Closeup of the symbol. Dead German soldiers in the grass and lying next to a motorcycle. Remains of a downed German airplane, in flames. Dead German flyer entangled in remains of parachute. Soviet soldier examines a knocked out German Panzer I tank. Partial views of other destroyed German tanks. Smoke drifts across a quiet battlefield. Soviet infantry moving forward. Several views of German prisoners of war being marched in various locations. Closeup of Totenkopf and number 13 on the side of a German armored vehicle. A Soviet soldier begins to scrub it off the vehicle. Camera pans closely over some of the prisoners. A German soldier, who wants to stop fighting, presents a pass to a Soviet soldier as he surrenders. Closeup of the pass, one of many that had been scattered among the German forces, by the Soviets. It invites a bearer, who is fed up with killing, to come to the Soviets. The document states boldly, "Geht mit diesem ausweis durch die front." (Go with these identification papers through the front.) Soviet soldiers escort the German soldier away. Soviet soldiers help a wounded comrade from a tank camouflaged under hay. Soviet medical corps women and a male doctor tend to the wounds of a soldier. A Soviet non-commissioned officer speaks at a battlefront funeral in woods. Afterwards, all attending stand and remove their hats in respect. View of the grave marker and flowers covering the grave.

Date: 1941
Duration: 3 min 37 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
German troops enter the Soviet Union and advance further during World War II.

German invasion of the Soviet Union during World War II. German troops advance into the Soviet Union. Animated map depicts the German advance. A newspaper headline about the Soviet defeat against the Germans. German tanks roll across a field and explosions occur. A map depicts the extent of German advance into the Soviet Union. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler makes a victory speech on October 3, 1941. A map depicts Soviet territory under German occupation. Wrecked Soviet equipment. Officers at a map. Animated map depicts German strategy of invasion. German strategy employed during the invasion of Poland, France and Yugoslavia. Animation depicts Soviet strategy of facing an aggression. German troops advance. Tanks roll and artillery being fired. Soldiers fight in the streets of a city. A building on fire.

Date: 1943
Duration: 5 min 28 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
 
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