Siege of Stalingrad, from 1942 through 1943. Germans and Soviets battle for Stalingrad in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic (USSR) during World War II. German Stuka dive bombers in a line for a take off. A formation of German Stukas JU-87s. Soviet troops march across a field. German Pz.III tanks go across dry land. German heavy artillery lay down a barrage on the city of Stalingrad. Explosions in the city. German troops advance across a scrubby terrain throwing hand grenades. German troops use flame throwers against Soviet troop positions. Shell bursts in the city. Smoke rises. Buildings burn. German troops advance into outskirts of Stalingrad which shows completely demolished buildings. Smoke rises in the city. Winter scenes show Soviet artillery firing at German troop positions. A Soviet officer with his beard covered with frost. Soviet troops counterattack across snow covered fields. Dead Germans lying in a field. Soviet troops advance. Street to street fighting. Machine guns fire.
The final struggle for Stalingrad during World War Two. Christmastime, 1942 in Moscow. Russian civilians obtaining fir trees for Christmas celebrations. A large beautifully decorated Christmas tree set up in the Hall of Pillars, in Moscow. Couples dancing in the hall to music from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Children at play, on slides, on a carousel, and with one another. New Year's eve is different. Soviet workers in a munitions factory greet each other but continue working without stopping. On the Stalingrad front lines, the Soviet Army marks the New Year, 1943, by launching artillery barrages, through the night and continuing unabated well into the next day. Russian Sukhoi Su-2 light bombers drop incendiaries on German positions. Brief partial glimpse of a Russian Sherman tank. Soviet troops moving on armed Aerosan ice gliders. Batteries of Soviet Katusha rockets fire barrages. Soviet infantry and tanks advance across vast barren snow-covered terrain. Animated map depicts Nazi forces being pounded on several fronts. A solitary horse standing in midst of Stalingrad destruction. February 2, 1943, Soviet soldiers,symbolically, fire the last shot, in the Battle of Stalingrad. A smiling Soviet soldier then places a cover over the muzzle of the field artillery piece. Scenes of the battle's aftermath. Russian officers hug one another. The Red flag is hung from a city building. Numerous German soldiers surrender under a white flag of truce. Many surrendering German Generals are seen.
Map depicting the colonies of United States and Britain and territories recaptured by Russia from Germany during World War II. German soldiers advancing towards Stalingrad. Russian military officials Kosakoff, Rakossovskvy and Voronoff plan the war strategy. Russians launched two simultaneous attacks on German Army from north and south. Nazi army was encircled at Stalingrad. Russians victory over the Nazis and meeting of the North and the south army. Scenes of civilians celebrating Christmas and New Year. 1942- 1943.
Soviet troops in fierce fighting with German forces at Stalingrad in World War 2. They fire numerous artillery field pieces. Soviet infantry stooping low as they advance. Soviet soldiers firing machine gun.Soviet infantry advancing in courtyard of apartment building, past body of fallen German soldier. German troops abandoning a concrete building behind one carrying a white flag of surrender. German Generals surrendering, walk past body of a fallen Soviet soldier on the frozen ground. German Lieutenant General Alexander Edler von Daniels, Commander of the German 376th Division, salutes as he surrenders. German Lieutenant General Werner Sanne, Commander of the German 100th Jäger Division, is seen in White winter gear, as he walks to surrender. Romanian Brigadier General Demetriou, Commander of the 20th Romanian Infantry, salutes as he surrenders. Five more German generals standing in a group. Closeup of German XIV Corps commander, General Helmuth Schloemer(Schlömer). Lieutenant General Max Pfeffer, Commander, German 297th Infantry Division. Lieutenant General Renoldi, Medical Chief of the 6th German Army. German Field Marshal Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst Paulus, commander of all Axis forces at Stalingrad, is seen stepping from a staff car and entering the wooden building headquarters of Soviet General N. Shumilov, commander of the 64th Soviet Army. He takes a seat at a table surrounded with by Soviet officers and listens as Shumilov reviews his record. Scene changes to regular German Wehrmacht (Army) troops, outdoors in the cold, along with some of their officers. Long lines of surrendered German soldiers making their way in the snow down slopes and up hills, on their way to POW camps. View of one lacking adequate footwear. The Red Soviet flag being waved from balcony of a tall building, as line of German prisoners of war proceed below. The line extends as far as can be seen. (Note: At TC: 00:27-39 an apartment house and courtyard is seen in Stalingrad South. As of 2015, it is reported to be the House of Specialists for the Hydrolytic Plant, and still stands west of the intersection of Barrikadnaya & Rozlovskaya Streets.)
Opening scene shows Russian soldiers in ruins of Stalingrad, with captured German combat films. A soldier hold up a film and looks at some of the images, upon which the scene changes to the captured German film, itself, showing German troops in the midst of destroyed and damaged Soviet buildings, during the Battle of Stalingrad, in World War 2. . A German field artillery piece fires, and black smoke rises from the area. A formation of German Messerschmitt Bf 109s is seen. Then bombs are shown dropping from a bomber (unseen). German Tiger tanks advance across a plain. German artillerymen look through binoculars. A periscopic binocular is on a tripod nearby. A German soldier, standing at a height, next to a smoke stack, observes huge fires burning in the distance. A German officer leads several hatless German soldiers. Scene switches to post-siege, as Soviet troops are dealing with aftermath. A mortuary team in protective clothing is disposing of the body of a fallen German soldier. A group of wounded Russian soldiers is being moved in a wagon, by medics. Civilians in Stalingrad read notices posted on a bulletin board. Soviet workmen probe rubble (perhaps for survivors). A buried shell explodes sending white smoke aloft. A destroyed anti-aircraft gun sits in rubble, with destroyed and damaged buildings in background. Skeletons of buildings are all that is left in some places. A hand written sign is posted addressed to "Mama!"
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.