'50 Years of Cinematography' depicts the role of military and news cameramen during World War II. Germany starts the War. Invasion of Poland in 1939: German Nazi Luftwaffe bombers in flight over Warsaw. Explosions due to the bombardment. Burning and damaged buildings in the war torn city. Civilians amidst rubble and ruins. Soldiers and civilians look at corpses on a sidewalk. A woman with her child cries. A man walks on a street. Dunkirk Evacuation in 1940: Allied troops evacuated from the Dunkirk coast. Allied troops on ships. Smoke rises from a ship under German attack. Soldiers wade through the water towards waiting ships. Burning ships. The Second Armistice at Compiegne after the German victory in the Battle of France, 1940: German troops stand at attention. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, President of the Reichstag Hermann Goering, German Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel and other German officers arrive at the venue. The leaders and officers walk past the soldiers at attention. Hitler gives the Nazi salute. The Blitz, London in 1940-1941: Bomb damaged buildings. Cars and pedestrians amidst ruins and rubble on the streets. A train over a collapsed wall. Civilians in a horse cart. A wrecked bus in a damaged building. Rescue workers among the rubble. Clouds over the city.
The first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries during World War II. The main part of the campaign beginning 10 May 1940. Massed German troops lined up in Berlin. Hundreds of young soldiers in uniform. Close-ups of some soldiers' faces. An animated map depicts the movement of the English and French Armies across the French city of Lille towards the Ruhr Area in Germany. Allied vehicles move to meet the German advance. British, French, Belgian, Dutch, and colonial troops move to the front in railway cars, trucks, and on foot. Allied soldiers on motorbikes on a street. Soldiers stand guard at a check post. Tanks, military trucks and motorbikes cross the check post. The convoy moves along. Troops in a train. Tanks on the streets. Soldiers on tanks. Hundreds of soldiers march ahead. Soldiers man artillery and guns. Soldiers use detonators to set off explosions.
The first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries during World War II. Animated maps illustrate the East Prussian Corridor. Nazi swastika flags on a building in Germany. German railroads transport war material. Newspaper headlines proclaim war. Animated maps of Norway depict German aggression during the Norwegian Campaign in 1940. German naval units cruise off Norway. German sailors and troops aboard the ships and submarines German paratroopers land in Norway. German aircraft fly over Norwegian mountains. German troops in the fields. Soldiers look through binoculars. German guards outside the Reichstag in Berlin. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler emerges onto a balcony and salutes the Berlin crowds.
German troops in the European Theater during World War I. German Kaiserine Hermine Reuss talks to medics and German officers in Berlin, Germany before a hospital train leaves for the war front. German units advance past a building towards the western front. Horse drawn carts loaded with supply boxes being pulled along. Allied prisoners march as German soldiers keep guard.
German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel visits the command post of German General Eugen Meidl in the European Theater of World War II. A map of the Western Front of France. German soldiers rest in troop carriers as Generals Rommel and Meidl confer. German infantry, supported by artillery and armor, enters villages. German SS (Schutzstaffel) troops destroy U.S. tanks and dig emplacements. A U.S. airplane is downed by antiaircraft fire. Explosions on a field. German artillery and rockets detonate an Allied munitions store.
Ruins of the Canal du Nord in the Western Front. Wreckage in the field. Soldiers stand near a crater in the field. Officers and dignitaries arrive in cars on the street. They talk to the soldiers and watch the ruins. General Dyng talks to the soldiers. British Field Marshal and French Premier discuss amongst themselves. Soldiers stand in a line with raised guns. Dignitaries walk in front of the soldiers. A building along the side of the field. Dignitaries and officers inspect the wrecked German headquarters. Dignitaries get into their car and the car moves. Wreckage in the field.