Film about Denmark after the German occupying force declared martial law and state of war with Denmark, in 1943-44 during World War 2. It was made by Danes and smuggled out of Denmark during that period. Opens with view of a church building and flocks of birds. Views of German army troops marching into Copenhagen, Denmark on 9 April 1940. SS troops dressed in black, marching. German soldiers carrying rifles with fixed bayonets, goosestepping. A fire burning at site sabotaged by Danish resistance elements in 1943. Derailed trains carrying goods to Germany. Fire at a German factory. Danish workers with bicycles staging a strike in protest German measures in response to resistance actions. Danes gathered in outdoor observance memorializing those killed by the Germans. A shop owned by German sympathizers (Quislings) destroyed by other Danes. People gathered on street on 29 August 1943, when the occupying German forces attacked the remaining Danish garrison and declared martial law. Announcement posted in Danish on a wall. View of Danish Naval vessels ordered scuttled by the Danish Admiralty, including the coastal defense ship,Peder-Skram, seen in front of a large building, the submarine, Havfruen (not seen) and others seen sunk at docks in Copenhagen harbor. Bullet hole through a glass window. A week later, on Sunday, 5 September, 1943, a German Panzer light tank is seen moving on a street, as pedestrians go about their business in Copenhagen. German soldiers patrolling on a motorcycle with sidecar. A man holding his hands up as he is hustled through a crowd under arrest by a German in black uniform. Motorcycle driving through pedestrians on the sidewalk. Spectators line a fence by an open field near a building labeled "Badstue Badminton." One, a woman, speaks through the fence to a Danish soldier interned there. View of the quarters of the Royal Guard at Rosenborg, occupied by German soldiers and with Nazi flag flying above it. Civilian relatives of interned men wait outside army headquarters for news about them. A courtyard, during a mass funeral, is filled with memorial flower wreaths covering the coffins of Danish soldiers and civilians killed by the Germans. Camera focuses on a wreath from King Christian of Denmark, among the many others. Two German soldiers march up a path at the Royal Residence Amalienborg, where King Christian is arrested. Views from moving camera as Danish flags are seen flying all over the city of Copenhagen, on 26 September, 1943, to celebrate the King's 73rd Birthday. The major exception is the Nazi Gestapo headquarters in the "Shellhus" (the prewar Shell Oil offices) shown in isolation. Views of people moving their belongings on hand carts after their homes were taken over by Germans. The slogan in English, "Do it well and do it now,"is seen left by Danish resistance fighters where they sabotaged a German military installation.
Activities of the Seabees in Scotland in 1941 and in Algeria in 1943, during World War II. News headlines in 1943 read : ' Italy is out of war' and '17 more Italian towns taken'. An animated map. The Clyde valley in Scotland showing a base built by the U.S. Navy Seabees, in 1941. Numerous quonset huts and vehicles are seen. View of the River Clyde, where 2400 feet of oceangoing dock are being assembled. A ship anchored at a harbor displaying U.S. flag. Allied troops board a landing ship with their belongings. An animated map tracing travel of Allied invasion forces from Scotland to Oran, Algeria, where Seabees are seen testing a floating causway that would be used for invasion of Sicily. Scuttled axis ships and other obstacles and damage that Seabees must repair in occupied ports. Allied ships and troops proceeding for invasion of Sicily. Allied warships bombarding Sicilian coast.
Preparations that are made for prosecution of war criminals after the end of World War 2 in Europe. Women war victims standing on a farm. People weeping. Scenes of the main gate and barracks at the German concentration camp of Buchenwald. Scenes from Allied military interrogation of Doctor Adolf Wahlmann, head physician at the Hadamar Euthanasia Centre. Allied soldier opens door of a gas chamber at Dachau with label "Brausebad" (Shower Bath) over the door. A view of the gas chamber interior. A book titled: 'Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers 1943' on a table. Hands opening the book. Officers seated at a desk sign the Moscow Agreement. Soviet politician and diplomat Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov and British Foreign Secretary Robert Anthony Eden seated at a desk. They sign the Moscow Agreement document in 1943. Doctor Hans Frank, Nazi minister of Justice, seen at a podium addressing an audience of Nazi officers. Interior of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, United States. Officers inside a building. The U.S. flag on a wall as narrator describes justice system for World War 2 war criminals with goal that it will be objective and there will be no martyrs of a flawed judicial proceeding. German citizens being led to view a concentration camp. Dead bodies and bones piled up in the camp.
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.
Analysis of the Germany's labor force, military strength and effects of war on manpower. Soldiers march. Men work in factory on equipment and machinery. Women work in factory. A map points Germany, Sudetenland and Austria. Graphs examine labor force by sex, age and military replacement availability; compare the labor force according to sex from 1939-1943; detail the increase of work force through the women part time workers and the veterans. Women weld equipment in a factory. Men do mining work. They work on a field. They also work on the rail road station. Graphs compare the labor force in agriculture, industry, trade services, transport and government.
Estimation of Germany's total working manpower. People walk with their equipment towards a factory. They read a notice pasted on the wall. They work in the factory. Vehicles parked on the street. Soldiers walk. Comparison of the military manpower from 1939 to 1943. The number of soldiers missing is also estimated. Destroyed military vehicles on the battlefield. Soldiers advance with tanks on the battlefield. Dead body of a soldier lay on the field.