German invasion of Russia during World War II. A map showing German invasion path in Russia until defeat at siege of Stalingrad. A map showing Soviet postwar expansion into Eastern Poland, East Prussia, portions of Finland and other areas. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are incorporated as Republics into the Soviet Union. Russian zones of occupation in Germany, Austria and North Korea. Map depicts an "Iron Curtain" encompassing the Soviet postwar territories. Soviet troops and tanks occupying countries. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns traveling along a city street. Crowds cheering in a stadium in Soviet East Germany. President Wilhelm Pieck of the German Democratic Republic is among people seen applauding in the stands. . Soviet cargo ships in a harbor operating under trade agreements. Chinese Communist forces moving with guns and artillery and tanks to expel Chiang Kai-Shek and Chinese Nationalists from mainland China, in 1949. Chinese refugees including a casualty and a child holding a bag.
Animated map shows thrust of German forces during invasion of Soviet Russia in World War 2. Stalingrad is highlighted as a turning point. Another animated map shows Soviet territorial gains at the end of the war, as narrator discusses the disposition of those places and their respective populations, as in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. He also discusses Soviet zones of occupation. Animated map shows "Iron Curtain." Soviet troops on parade. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns (SPAAG) on display during a parade in 1945. A stadium filled with people in Soviet-occupied East Germany, in 1949. Friedrich Wilhelm Reinhold Pieck, the first President of the German Democratic Republic, is seen in the stands. Young East German women parade in traditional costumes, clapping their hands, in the stadium. Waterfront scenes show Soviet trade activities with post-war occupied entities. Scenes of conflict as Chinese communist forces expel Chiang Kai-shek's Nationalist Chinese forces from the mainland to Formosa, in 1949. A litter-borne casualty and a refugee mother and small girl are seen.
Asiatic Russian workers use Russian machinery and tools to construct an artificial lake to irrigate their farmlands in Uzbek,Soviet Union. Artificial lake and farms.
Russian children visit a Russian trade school and a factory in Soviet Union. They watch machines in operation as a teacher answers their queries.
Title slate reads,"the First Metallurgical Plant in Soviet Central Asia." Narrator says construction started 4-years ago during the Battle of Stalingrad in World War 2 (1942-43). Interior of the plant is shown from a vantage point high above the factory floor. Strips of hot steel are seen being extruded from a rolling mill. Closeup of the rolling mill in action and workers standing beside it. Closeup of the mill's rollers and hot steel blank passing through them. Workers handle the hot steel with long tools, as they move it back and forth to different sets of rollers. Narrator says the rolling mill has a capacity of 50 thousand tons per year. Closeup of two steel workers. Change of scene with view from above and then from below, as a furnace is tapped and molten steel flows into a crucible, emiting smoke and flames. Closeup of Uzbek steel workers employed at the steel plant. Next, workers are gathered in a ceremony marking the opening of the new rolling mill. A plant supervisor speaks before the gathering. A huge picture of Joseph stalin forms a backdrop.
(Note: This is the The Uzbek Metallurgical Plant, aka V. I. Lenin Uzbek Metallurgical Plant, located in Bekabad, Tashkent Oblast,Uzbekistan. The 300-millimeter light rolling mill, seen here, began operating in October, 1946.)