German aircraft drop leaflets all over the city of Warsaw, during World War 2. They contain the following message (translated from the German): "Soldiers and inhabitants of Warsaw! Poland is occupied. Only the Modlin fortress is resisting. Warsaw is surrounded by German troops.The suburbs are already in our hands. You will be committing a crime if you open this megacity to the fortress." Polish troops still holding out,reject a call to capitulate. Under white flags, foreign diplomats and such are seen leaving Warsaw, past a German barricade. The Warsaw Citadel and surrounding Polish military defenses (Fortress Warsaw) are seen in an aerial reconnaissance photograph. German officers walk in a group along a railway in Poland. Hermann Goering, head of the German Air Forces, consults with his Generals about a bombing campaign against the Polish defense positions. Goering and Adolf Hitler seated in a railroad car with staff officers. Slate alludes to the Polish military commanders making Warsaw into a virtual fortress including an armed civilian population; and if it is not surrendered, the resistance must be broken.
September 25, 1939, shows German fliers readying warplanes for air campaign against Poland. A German pilot in his cockpit. View from German airplane flying over Poland. Beautiful cloud formations in background.
In opening scene, Adolf Hitler is addresssing the Bundestag in Berlin.
Animated map shows Berlin, Warsaw, and higlights Danzig and the Polish corridor. Newspaper headline reads 'Poles will fight for Danzig.' A Polish officer addressing recruits. Polish women and children watching as they march off. Polish women and old men and youths digging trench fortifications. Animated map shows Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. Map shows Vistula River and tributaries. Map illustrates various Polish defense options. Map illustrates Nazi plan to launch pincer movements around the Polish defenses. Views of German forces marshalling near the Polish border in August, 1939.Polish infantry moving in horse-drawn wagons and supported by old fashioned horse cavalry. Film illustrates dramatic difference in military might, contrasting German armor, aircraft,and numbers to that of Poland. Closeup of German airmen loading bomb under their aircraft. German heavy artillery and siege mortar firing. A German Panzer I light tank charging through snow. (Inappropriate edit insert.) Motorized German forces seen entering Poland on September 1st, 1939. A German Heinkel HE 111 bomber taking off toward the camera. Several Junkers Ju 87 Stuka dive bombers taking off. German aircraft strafing Polish aircraft on an airbase. Aircraft exploding on the ground. A Dornier Do 17 bomber maneuvering. More views from German aircraft strafing Polish aircraft on the ground. A formation of He 111 bombers in flight. Gunner firing from blister in bomber. Two Polish P50A fighter planes being fired upon and exploding in the air. A German Me Bf 109 photographed from an inidentified aircraft as it maneuvers nearby. An Me Bf 109 firing its guns and flying through white smoke. A Polish P50 streaming black smoke. Another gunner in bomber firing and hitting a Polish P-50. An aircraft crashing in flames. More He 111 bombers. glimpse of bombardier in one. Bombs striking Polish bridges, roads, railroads, etc. Closeup of Stuka dive bomber starting dive. View as it dives down on target. Polish civilians fleeing in a field. A stuka diving as children watch from hiding places. Bombs bursting near railroad. Closeup of German airman in cockpit. Polish cavalry charging. A German tank tows a field artillery piece across a shallow river, A destroyed bridge in background. A Panzer I light tank emerges from the stream. German soldiers racing across the Vistula River in long powered boats. Series of maps show situation from September 5th as Germans advance and Poles retreat, ending with encirclement of Warsaw and defeat of Polish forces. Scenes of Warsaw, encircled and bombarded, but not yet fallen. Firemen respond to bombing and shelling. Buildings crumble. Germans bombard with 142mm Howitzers. Gunners loading and firing them.. Scenes of destruction from shelling. A factory chimney falls. Hitler at the front observing bombardment. Women and children seek shelter in the city. Dead horses in streets. September 27th Warsaw capitulates and German troops occupy it. Map shows Polish forces still resist in the Westerplatte fortress. German battleship, Schleswig-Holstein, firing her guns. Defenders raise white flag on October 1st, 1939. Polish prisoners marching away (one seen barefoot). Polish Nazi collaborator points out persons for arrest. Poles lined up by a pit for execution. German machine gunners firing. Glimpse of Nazi Heinrich Himmler. Bodies of executed. Polish women mourning the dead. Closeups of Polish women, children and old man. A woman throws fuel on a funeral pyre.Closeups of mourning women and girls. Hitler's Ju 52 transport plane takes off. Inside he chats with some military passengers. Profile of Hitler silhouetted against the sky and clouds. He looks out at the still burning city of Warsaw. Elements of the Russian army entering Poland and greeted by a German officer. View of British bombers flying to bomb German warships in the Kiel canal. German sailors rush to battle stations and fire anti-aircraft gun. Bombs falling on the ships.
German aircraft bomb Warsaw in Poland during World War 2. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler in Germany. Adolf Hitler climbs up the stairs with Hermann Goring. They looks at documents on a table. Poland's military power with that of Germany. German tanks and armored vehicles drive past on a road. German engineers check an aircraft. Fleet of German aircraft in flight. They drop bombs over enemy targets in Warsaw, Poland. Debris and destruction as result of explosions in Warsaw. Explosions occur. Aerial view of damaged Warsaw. Adolf Hitler reviews German troops.
German invasion and destruction of Warsaw, Poland, during World War 2. Smoke rises from the distant burning city of Warsaw. Germans soldiers fire artillery shells on the city. People run through the devastated city streets. Ruins of smoking and wrecked buildings. German troops, vehicles and heavy armor advance along the road to Warsaw. Smoke rising from city square. Scene shows dead horses and horse skeletons on the streets. Man cuts meat off a horse's corpse. A building on fire. Exact Warsaw locations unknown, but some shots could be from the Warsaw Ghetto.
The German viewpoint of events during the Polish Campaign in Warsaw, Poland, during World War 2. Ostensibly to spare Warsaw from destruction, German soldiers, in a mobile communications center, issue an ultimatum from the German High Command, to the Commander of the city of Warsaw, demanding capitulation of defending forces within 12 hours. A German Junkers Ju-52 trimotor transport aircraft parked at a small airport. The aircraft takes off (to disperse handbills with this message.) A German Dornier DO-17 bomber takes off. Next, a German checkpoint is seen clogged with vehicles amd persons attempting to leave the city. Narrator states that only 870 members of the Diplomatic Corps and 1200 foreigners elected to leave. They are seen departing along a road set aside for that purpose by the German High Command. German officers supervise their departure. One,carrying Japanese diplomats, bears a large Japanese flag on its roof. Next, the siege of Warsaw begins, with German gunners loading and firing a 305mm siege mortar. They take refuge in a trench behind the weapon when it fires. Other German field artillery firing, including a 75mm field piece, a 15 cm sfh18 german heavy field howitzer and others not seen. German gunners using periscopic range finding equipment and looking through binoculars to direct artillery. A freight train hit by gunfire. More German 15cm sFH 18 guns firing. German troops watching the artillery barrages from a trench. Smoke rising in distance. More sfh18s firing. Smoke clouds forming above the city. Adolf Hitler observing the artillery siege through periscopic binoculars. Tops of the heads of his officer entourage (their uniform caps) as they crowd around Hitler. More smoke rising as the artillery barrages continue. Adolf Hitler holding binoculars as he stands in the company of army officers. He, and they, look up at sound of aircraft overhead. View of Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers low overhead. Aerial view of smoke on ground and formed into billowing clouds above the city. View from cockpit of observation plane, of smoke rising from Warsaw citadel.
Shows the fall and destruction of Warsaw, Poland during World War 2. Polish General Tadeusz Kutrzeba, deputy commander of Warsaw, walks to a bus in which German officers await to negotiate a cease fire. He is seen inside, through the window of the bus as they discuss disposition of forces using a map. Nazi occupation of the city and bombed ruins. Examples of Polish resistance in the city, such as man on his knees in a tunnel, firearms, printing pamphlets, man setting type and running press, distributing anti-Nazi pamphlets, German poster announcing executions in Lublin, Poland. Exact Warsaw locations unknown, but some possibly within the Warsaw Ghetto. Scene shows men pasting anti-Nazi posters, doing graffiti on wall, taking still photographs. Wrecked bridges and trains.