Stalinsk, an iron and steel center in Soviet Union. Molten iron being poured at a plant. A worker drills a hole in the roof of the mine. Women also work on machines in a factory.
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.
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.
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.
Elevated views of crowd gathered at main square of the Siberian Metallurgical Institute in Stalinsk Russia (now Novokuznetsk Russia). Official from the Soviet or the Institute addresses crowd and a giant cover is removed revealing a large statue of Sergo Ordzhonikidze, also known as Grigol Ordzhonikidze, who was a Georgian Bolshevik and associate of Stalin.
Map shows border of East Prussia and the Soviet Union. Arrow points to Brest-Litovsk (now Brest, Belarus) one of the first targets in Nazi operation Barbarossa, during World War 2. . German 15cm K39 (15cmKanone39) heavy artillery bombarding the Soviet fortress at Brest. Closeup of gun breech. German troops hunkered down in craters and trenches near buildings. More views of German heavy artillery firing from camouflaged positions. Smoke rising from the German bombardment. German infantry moving forward and approaching Brest Fortress. German soldiers in shell craters, observing as the shelling destroys buildings nearby. View of destroyed and burning structures. Soviet defenders of the garrison standing with hands raised, surrendering under white flags. A surrendered Soviet soldier stands on a hill waving his hat to others telling them it is safe to surrender. Other Soviet soldiers coming foreward from their defensive positions to surrender. Soviet POWs huddled together near a Soviet T-18 light tank (aka MS-1) inside part of the Brest Fortress. German officers surveying the situation. Damaged bridge over the Bug River. Surrendering Soviet troops use a rope to help cross river at bombed out section. Wounded Soviet soldiers with first aid bandages, lying on bank of river. Other Soviet POWs under German guard nearby. A soviet prisoner plays a harmonica. More views of destroyed and burning structures. German infantry running across a road, under fire from Soviet defenders. German troops entering the main part of the Brest Citadel, and fighting against stubborn Soviet snipers. Camera pans across destruction in and around the fortress. A dead Soviet soldier slumped in the seat of a vehicle. Others on the ground near a Soviet Army truck. A long line of Soviet soldiers taken prisoners of war, walking under German guard. The City Hall of Brest With German soldier standing guard. People of the city going about their everyday activities, under German occupation.