German President Paul Von Hindenburg passes away in Germany. Dead body of Hindenburg on bed. Soldiers and German officials stand in formation at the Tannenberg Memorial near Tannenberg, East Prussia (Stebark Poland today). They give tribute to the President during his State funeral.
A contingent of German soldiers stand at attention in the Tannenberg Memorial, as an honor guard, during the funeral of General Günther Korten, Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe, who died from injuries suffered in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, July 1944. Six soldiers stand near his flag-draped coffin. Two hold black displays on which the General's medals are pinned. Closeup of one soldier. Closeup of General Korten's medals. View from above and behind the coffin, as Marshal Hermann Goering stands, in front of it, and salutes with his baton. Goering expressing his condolences to the widow and relatives of General Korten. Goering at a podium delivering a eulogy. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, and other senior military officers are seen at the funeral. Views of the courtyard of the Tannenberg memorial with members of the family and assembled participants listening to Goering. Eulogy finished, Goering now stands, saluting with his baton, and lays a large wreath by the casket. Helmet and dagger are seen atop the casket. The attending officers all salute, as pallbearers carry the coffin at shoulder height, and proceed to carry it into a tomb. View from inside the tomb as the casket is carried in.
The First Battle of the Masurian Lakes, September 1-7, 1914, in World War 1. Animated map shows maneuvering of German 8th Army forces under Paul von Hindenburg in East Prussia, against the Russian 1st Army under Paul von Rennenkampf. This is a German counter offensive following their victory against the German 2nd Army in the battle of Tannenberg, in August,. The animated map shows rapid movements of the German forces (reflecting their use of extensive rail networks in the area). Slate states that 350 thousand Russian prisoners were taken in this new quick German counterattack. Remainder of the sequence shows countless numbers of surrendered Russian First Army troops marching along a road.
60 thousand persons,including many veterans of World War I, march to the Tannenberg battlefield to attend ceremonies dedicating the Tannenberg Monument, commemorating the German victory over Russian forces there in August, 1914, and to remember the German soldiers who died there. It is the 80th birthday of Field Marshal Paul Von Hindenburg, who officiates at the ceremony.
Camera pans across the Tannenberg Memorial courtyard where Nazi military hierarchy is gathered for the funeral of General Günther Korten, Chief of the General Staff of the Luftwaffe, who died from injuries suffered in the assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler in July 1944. German military Honor Guard and band are seen in background as Marshal Hermann Goering expresses his condolences to the General's widow and relatives. Closeup of a German soldier and of the bereaved. Scene shifts to view from above and behind the flag-draped casket of General Korten, as Goering, standing in front of it, salutes with his Marshal's baton. Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel, Grand Admiral Karl Dönitz, and other senior military officers all salute. Soldiers bring a large wreath forward and Goering places it before the casket and salutes. View of the flag-draped casket with helmet and dagger atop it. Pall bearers lift the casket shoulder height and proceed to carry it into a tomb in the memorial building. In a complete change of scene, Adolf Hitler is seen walking with a medical officer into a military hospital in Rastenburg, where he visits German Army officers, who were injured, in the July 20th bomb plot against him during World War 2. He visits Major General Walter Scherff; Navy Captain Heinz Assmann; Rear Admiral Karl-Jesco von Puttkamer; and General Walther Buhle. He takes time and speaks with each of the wounded officers. Women nurses, assembled outside, render Nazi salutes, and cheer Hitler as he departs.
German military and civilians collaborate to build defenses against Soviet forces in East Prussia, during World War 2. They dig foundations and prepare pill boxes, among other fortifications. German Generals and other officers participate in the manual labor, laying their uniform blouses aside and digging in with the rest of the workers. They are seen preparing wide and deep antitank ditches to trap Soviet armor.