Opening scene, in 1946, is the courtroom where Nazi officials are being tried for war crimes at the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany, where the procecutor has completed charges 3 and 4, concluding the indictment against them. Sitting in first row of the dock are Hermann Göring (or Goering) (hidden behind soldier), Rudolf Hess, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, and William Keitel. The camera focuses on Franz Sauckel, as he is identified as the Nazi slave labor chief. Supporting documents are shown. Scenes of workers being rounded up and working on shipping docks, emptying rail cars, repairing railroads, and digging in open pit mines, under Nazi military guard. Next are shown views of Hermann Goering walking in an occupied village in 1942, overseeing the confiscation of all the livestock. Dr. Wilhelm Frick is shown. He is charged with eliminating elderly, insane, or uncureable sick Germans, considered "Useless Eaters" and subject to Nazi euthanasia programs. Several frail persons are shown. Crosses are shown marking burial places of these persons outside the institutions in which they died. Next, several German Jewish men in civilian clothes are seen rushing to a work site where they are put to work digging with shovels under direction of a Nazi military officer. Scene shifts to Nazi Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung) harrassing German Jewish shopkeepers, writing anti Jewish messages on the windows, encouraging boycott, and preventing their businesses from operating. More views of Nazi Storm Troopers causing trouble in the streets. Next seen is Hermann Goering reading some dictates as Hitler and Hess, along with other Nazi officials, sit in attendance. The so called "blood purity" rules define German citizens narrowly and prohibit marriage between "German Citizens" and Jews. An unseen audience roars its approval. German Jews are next seen being rounded up and mistreated. Back at the trial, the prosecutor speaks of Nazi SS Brigadier General Jürgen Stroop cleaning out the Warsaw Ghetto, in Warsaw, Poland, in utter ruthlessness in 1943. Scenes of people being driven and dragged out, and the entire place being dynamited afterward. Buildings burning and people leaving with injured on a stretcher. Scenes of Nazi agents and military chasing Jews from sewers using tear gas and driving them from buildings using light tanks and armored vehicles. Back in the courtroom, Rudolf Hess is seen describing how Nazi doctors would screen arrested Jews as they entered concentration camps. Views of crowds of Jews entering a camp. A large group of Jewish children at a camp. On hold up her arm to reveal her tattoo number on her arm. More views of women and children moving through outside paths of a concentration camp. Views of so-called camp shower baths in which prisoners were killed by poison gas. Naked prisoners lying and sitting in a shower room. Bodies of the dead stacked up in a room. View of gold from rings and teeth of the dead. Canvas bags and chests containing the loot. Closeup of corpses. Bodies being loaded and unloaded from flatbed trucks and being dragged by camp inmates and thrown into mass graves. Back in the courtroom, the Prosecutor says:"The Prosecution Rests."
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.
German Army and SS (Schutzstaffel) Troops fight Polish resistance in Warsaw. A map shows Warsaw. German troops crush the Warsaw Uprising. The German army troops operating tanks and heavy artillery. Smoke rises up due to explosions as Germans bombard Warsaw. A German soldier looks through binoculars. German take a Polish prisoner. Tanks and artillery on roads of Warsaw during street fighting in Warsaw. German soldiers fire rifles and machine guns. Close up views of faces of German soldiers in combat. German artillery fired. A dead body of a Polish resistance fighter on the street, wearing a resistance armband. German General Reiner Stahel pores over a map with other German officers fighting against the Polish resistance. Rubble on streets. Point of view shots from German guns and German positions targeting Polish resistance positions. German set demolition charges and blow up parts of walled off buildings. The Germans take prisoners and escort male prisoners and sympathizers at a railroad station with trains in background. Polish prisoners walk under German guard. Precise locations in Warsaw unknown, but some scenes could be from the Warsaw Ghetto.
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 air attack on Poland during World War II. Smoke rises from an area in Warsaw, Poland. German aircraft in flight over the city. An aircraft dives and bombards a building. Smoke rises as a bomb impacts. Billows of smoke rise due to an explosion.
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.