'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.
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.
The battle between American and German troops on the Western Front during World War II. German General of Infantry Dietrich von Choltitz at the front line. German troops on bicycles are given newspapers which point to Eisenhower campaign. Sign in German, "feindeinsicht wirble keinen staub auf sonst kriegst du eins aufs dach draue" warns of keeping dust down to avoid detection by enemy. Soldiers marching on the battlefield. German troops move through woods, fire rocket launchers, flame throwers and hand grenades during an attack on American tanks after signal from officer firing signal flare. German soldier camouflages helmet with a fern branch. Smoke rises from firing and bombardment on the battlefield. American tanks passing through an opening in a wooded sector. German troops engage in a battle and knock out several American Sherman tanks firing Panzerschreck and deploying a Goliath tracked mine, or beetle tank. U.S. prisoners are taken by the Germans. View of captured U.S. prisoners. Some prisoners cover their faces.
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.
Russian troops on the Western Front during World War I. Russian soldiers march along a field on the front. The soldiers march and pass in a review. French General Joseph Joffre reviews Russian troops.