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Tripartite (Axis) Pact signed between Germany, Italy and Japan; Nazi German invasion attacks in Yugoslavia, Russia, England

Nazi crimes against the nations of the world during World War II. View of the Peace Treaty between Germany and Yugoslavia which was signed on 1st June, 1939. The treaty breached on 6th April 1941, Germany launched a massive attack on Yugoslavia. German troops attack and advance. A map shows that most of the Europe was in the hands of Germany by 1941. View of September 27, 1940 signing ceremonies in Berlin of the Tripartite (Axis) Pact between Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan. Hitler and axis leaders shake hands and pose at pact signing table. Joachim von Ribbentrop signing the Axis Pact. Scene of German tank treads close-up rolling over battlefield and wider view of German armor and troops in June 1941 invading Russia, in violation of their non-agression pact. Nazi forces enter Russian territory. Wehrmacht forces setup and fire artillery at Russia. German rocket launchers fire rockets at Russian targets. Ground and aerial views of formations of German Luftwaffe aircraft on bombing runs. Between August-September 1941, Luftwaffe conducts blitzkrieg raids (blitz) on Great Britain. View of British landmarks like St Paul's Cathedral dome and Tower Bridge. Aerial views as Luftwaffe fighter aircraft roll and dive toward targets. British spotlights and search lights on the ground sweeping and catching German aircraft in their light beams. British anti aircraft batteries open fire on German planes over England. Alternating views of German plane point of view bombing England with bright flashes of light and explosions on the ground, and British anti-aircraft fire filling the air. Ground views in England, United Kingdom of buildings on fire from London blitz bombing, and British fire fighters moving to deploy fire hoses and extinguish fires. Flaming buildings collapse from bombs and fire. Whole blocks of buildings on fire. Scene change to December 7, 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. U.S. Navy ships bombed and on fire in Pearl Harbor.

Date: 1941
Duration: 4 min 32 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Young Britishers conscript for military service and the King and Queen inspect balloon barrages in Britain.

Great Britain starts conscription in preparation for World War II. The Prime Minister of United Kingdom Stanley Bladwin at 10 Downing Street in London. Londoners read posters and conscription advertisements on a sidewalk. Conscription of youth between 20 and 21 for immediate military training. A crowd of young Britishers leaves a building after conscription. British troops march in the countryside. United Kingdom's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrive at a military station. They are accompanied by several military officers. The King and Queen inspect London's new balloon barrages, the defense against attack from the air. Two balloon barrages on display. The royal couple depart after the inspection.

Date: 1939, April 26
Duration: 1 min 5 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Britons gather around the Houses of Parliament as the British Government makes decisions on the eve of Britain's entry into World War II

In the tense two weeks before Britain's declaration of war against Germany in World War 2, (occuring on September 3, 1939) the Evening Standard Newspaper of August 21, 1939 reports that the Premier sees the King; the Cabinet is to meet; Members of Parliament assemble to hear Chamberlain speak; and the Pope will broadcast peace pleas. Londoners are seen gathered in the areas around the Houses of Parliament. A woman carries a placard reading "Churchill." (She pushes it in front of the camera.) Rolls Royce limousines carrying cabinet ministers enter gates at Parliament courtyard. Bobbies contain peaceful crowds without difficulty. Occupants of one limousine are dressed in Arabian garb. Newspaper vendor displays headlines of Evening Standard reading: "Britons told to leave Germany." Cars carrying dignitaries continue into the Parliament courtyard. Several photographers snap photos as the cars pass them. A shot of the Elizabeth Tower at the north end of the Houses of Parliament, with the Great Clock clearly visible. The tower, clock and great bell (Big Ben) are often collectively referred to as"Big Ben." Routine busy commercial traffic moving on the street past Parliament. View from a high vantage point of double-decker buses moving past the Parliament courtyard, where crowd stands by the fence. Another official car enters the courtyard.

Date: 1939, August 21
Duration: 2 min 50 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Life in Britain on eve of War. Chamberlain, Hitler and Mussolini signing the Munich Agreement during World War II.

An Allied propaganda film to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as to counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the alliance shows British soldiers in Great Britain during World War 2. 1938: in the United States New York Yankees win the pennant in baseball; scene of Yankees team members shaking hands. View of aviator Douglas Corrigan nicknamed Wrong Way Corrigan after his accidental flight from New York to Ireland instead of California as planned. View of trains on the 6th Avenue Elevated (or Sixth Avenue El) before that service was halted in Manhattan New York City. British citizens go about their daily life. Derby horse race in a stadium. A British boy and his father shovel dirt for a backyard garden. Players play a football (soccer) game at Wembley Stadium in England as spectators cheer the 1938 FA Cup Final with Preston North End taking the Cup versus Huddersfield Town as George Mutch scores the winning goal. Scenes in Germany: People cheer for German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and give Nazi salute. Newspaper headlines about Czech occupation. Graves in a cemetery. British Prime Minister Arthur Neville Chamberlain, Adolf Hitler Italian Prime Minister Benito Mussolini sign the Munich Agreement. Despite a peace agreement Hitler invades Czechoslovakia. People read 'Military Training Act, 1939'. British soldiers march along a road. View of Adolf Hitler smiling and laughing. Artillery is fired. A poster reads 'Britain Declares War on Germany'. Airplanes in flight and drop leaflets over Germany. German airplanes in flight. Parachutists jump from the airplanes. Hitler talks to officers and considers the war to be over. Radio news broadcast of the British declaration of war on Germany by Neville Chamberlain. Many different British citizens and families shown in living rooms and work places gathered around radios to hear the so called "We shall fight on the beaches" speech of Winston Churchill on June 4, 1940.

Date: 1943
Duration: 4 min 33 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Women, of Britain's Land Army, engaged in agricultural pursuits, during World War 2

British women of the "Land Army" at work in agricultural activities in the United Kingdom, during World War II. They wear uniforms consisting of Jersey, breeches, and slouch hat. They handle produce on a conveyor belt in a farm shed, and pack produce in boxes. They tend vegetables growing in raised beds, watering and harvesting. The women pass through an archway and enter a classroom, where an instructor explains the fundamentals of an internal combustion cycle. Women line up on dirt field and pick up potatoes as they are uprooted by a tractor driven by one of the women.

Date: 1939
Duration: 1 min 36 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
People greet King George VI and Queen Elizabeth as they arrive in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. A large crowd gathers on a street to greet the King and the Queen. Bakers standing near a table. A cake on the table. The King and the Queen come outside a building. A large crowd cheer and wave towards them. People standing near the cake. Aerial view of the large crowd on the street. A war memorial at Connaught Square dedicated to the soldiers who died in World War II. The dignitaries place a wreath on the memorial.

Date: 1939, May 24
Duration: 1 min 58 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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