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Training film for U.S. troops with the Army of occupation in Germany after world War II

Opens with bell tolling Victory against Germany in World War II. Next, a slate reads: "Victory Leads to Peace," and a farmer is seen with cattle pulling a plow. But narrator says "the problem now is future peace," and a map of Germany is shown overlaid with "Your Job in Germany." A cartoon of a soldier is superimposed on the map, along with one of a World War 1 American soldier and a figure of possible future soldier with similar mission. Camera focuses on parts of German aircraft in a jumbled heap. Closeups of weary defeated German soldiers at end ot World War II. Glimpse of Adolf Hitler speaking and haranguing an audience from a podium. Swastika flags displayed from houses in a quaint German town. Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Reich Minister of Propaganda, at a microphone. Glimpse of a German concentration camp. But as they appear, each of the Nazi elements promptly disappears, showing the scenes without such Nazi symbols and persons. Skeleton remains of bombed buildings. Flower displays. Bucolic German rural countryside and quaint old villages in peaceful settings. Camera focuses on a book titled "German History." Chapter I, titled "Blood and Iron," shows Image of Otto von Bismarck. German troops march in a parade. Narrator states that "under Bismarck, the German empire was built." (He formed the German Empire in 1871, unifying Germany with himself as Imperial Chancellor, while retaining control of Prussia at the same time.) The film shows mounted German lancers as it alludes to Bismarck's campaigns against Denmark in 1867; Austria in 1866; and France, in 1870. Germany's leaders celebrating its status, in 1871, as the mightiest power in Europe. Troops marching and girls dancing nearby. Farmers plowing field with a horse and cow. Classic peaceful rural alpine scenes with local people in agricultural pursuits. A group of local German musicians playing folk music as village people dance outdoors. Back to the book, Kaiser Wilhelm II is shown on Chapter 2, entitled: "Deutschland über Alles." Gathering of German soldiers in Pickelhaube (spiked helmets). A German Big Bertha howitzer firing. German troops marching against Serbia; Russia; and France (with view of war damaged French cathedral). German invasion of Belgium (with view of clock tower resting in rubble). German troops seen in Italy, walking past battle-damaged buildings. German Zeppelin dropping bombs on British targets and view of bombed out London neighborhood. Next scene shows a capsized ship with survivors running across its hull. Film slate labels the scene as United States, as if it is a U.S. ship attacked by Germany. (Actually, it is the Austro-Hungarian Battleship, SMS Szent Istvan, torpedoed, by Italian torpedo boats, during World War I.) Next, American soldiers in trench are seen going "over the top" and into "no man's land" on the western front of World War 1. Glimpse through a window of Kaiser Wilhelm II, after defeat of Germany, in 1918. View of Germans in a Beer Garden. Picturesque view of German town. A German orchestra performing. American soldiers marching out of Germany, with flags waving. Back to the history book,as chapter III is revealed, entitled "Today Germany, tomorrow, the world," and featuring Adolf Hitler. German troops invading Austria (where a civilian lies dead on the ground). German troops entering Czechoslovakia (where local people in tears render the Nazi salute). They march into Poland (where a girl weeps over someone, not seen, on the ground). They march into France (where a wounded, bandaged child cries in a bed). Next, is a scene from England, where a British child victim of bombing lies dead in the remains of a shelter. German troops invading Norway, Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg and Russia (where a woman tries to rouse a dead woman). They invade Yugoslavia (where women sit near coffins of children) and Greece (where a woman rescues a naked child). A U.S. merchant ship explodes after being torpedoed by a German submarine (unseen). Scenes of destruction with people plucking dead victims from rubble of buildings. American troops invading Normandy, France on D-day, June 6, 1944. Several American soldiers fall to German gunfire on the beach. Wounded American soldiers being transported in jeeps on the battlefield and being placed on landing craft for evacuation. Americans walking past huge piles of destroyed aircraft parts. A landing craft filled with wounded American soldiers. American wounded and dead on a battlefield. Sailors abandoning a burning American ship by jumping into the sea. A sailor picked up in a life boat. A wounded American soldier being dragged from the beachhead at Normandy. Various wounds being treated by U.S. Medical Corps personnel. More scenes of American wounded being moved on stretchers. Scene shifts abruptly to German people folk dancing. Film concludes with question marks about the future.

Date: 1945
Duration: 7 min 24 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Russian Guerrillas set trap for German engineers in Western Russia during World War II.

Film titled, 'Russian People'. During World War 2 on eastern front, view of a burning village in Western Russia where the Russian people had set fire to their own village in order to prevent use of it by German soldiers as refuge. View of burning houses, people fleeing and women crying. Close up views of anguished and sad Russian civilians. Dead bodies of Russian people seen on the ground. A Russian Guerrilla chief reads an oath. Faces of Russian guerrillas of all ages and sexes. Armed Russian guerrillas. The guerrillas cut the enemy's communication lines. Traps are set for German engineers. Three German engineers approach the traps at a distance. Explosions occur. The German engineers get killed.

Date: 1944
Duration: 3 min 22 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
The Quebec and Tehran Conferences in World War II. German defenses in the Western Wall. The air war in Europe.

Allied strategic Conferences in World War 2. Opening scene shows Château Frontenac. Then President Franklin Roosevelt seated with Canada Prime Minister, McKensie King, and British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. Scene shifts to their respective military staffs conferring at a table. Next scene shows the Russian Embassy in Tehran, Iran, with the Big Three (Joseph Stalin, FDR, and Churchill) seated on the portico, and their top ranking military officers standing behind them. Soviet Marshal Kliment Voroshilov stands behind Stalin. American officers are seen in next scene, including General George Marshall, Admiral Ernest King (lighting a cigarette) and General Henry H. ("Hap") Arnold. U.S. Ambassador to Russia, W. Averell Harriman, stands behind King and Arnold. Closeup of Churchill. Shift to an animated map of Europe. It illustrates the massive fortifications put in place by the Nazis along the coast of occupied Europe. Camera pans across heavy German coastal guns, Pill Boxes, and shore obstacles in place on the beaches. Marshal Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel leads a group of German officers on an inspection tour of the "Atlantic Wall" defenses. Closeup of Rommel. British Bristol Blenheim bombers en route to attack targets in the German occupied areas. Views of Allied airmen inside cockpit of their bomber aircraft. A flight of five German fighters (appear to be Bf-109s) peeling off to attack an Allied bomber. View inside bomber of American gunner in bomber firing machine gun at attacking German fighter. Head on view of German Focke Wulf FW-190 fighter heading straight toward the camera, and point of view from gun camera as German aircraft zooms up over it. Gunner in bomber firing. An aircraft exploding inflight. View inside Allied bomber, through cracked windshield, of aircraft in a formation of U.S. Martin B-26 Marauder bombers. Next shot is rearward from bomb bay showing bombs away view as bombs are released from a B-26. Scene shifts to aerial view from rear of a U.S. B-17 bomber dropping bombs. View of the bombs striking a railroad marshaling yard. Another view of a B-26 bomber in flight.

Date: 1944
Duration: 2 min 19 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Soviet guerrillas operating behind German lines during World War II.

A group of Soviet guerrillas infiltrate a German-held area in Western Russia. The guerrillas target a railroad bridge. Two sentries on the railroad bridge are by guerrilla snipers. The guerrillas capture the bridge and plant demolition charges on it. The bridge is blown up. The guerrillas attack a German-occupied village. Guerrillas advance ahead firing their machine guns, rifles and mortars . They advance through the wrecked village and inspect a captured Beute Somua tank. Many dead German soldiers are seen. The guerillas apprehend Gernan troops hidden in various places, including under hay-bales. They take them as prisoners. Women and children villagers emerge from an underground shelter and welcome the Russian guerrillas. Back at their base, a Soviet officer awards medals to the guerrillas for their bravery. A Soviet music teacher returns to the burned out remains of her home, in which bones of dead are seen.

Date: 1944
Duration: 3 min 17 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Social and Economic differences between West Berlin and East Berlin, Germany during communist rule of East Germany.

Communist threat to Berlin, Germany as Russia presses for a unified Communist Berlin. Traffic signal man demonstrates hand signals on street in west Berlin. View of citizens in West Berlin shopping and going to and from work among newly constructed buildings, improved roads, and wearing new fashions. Contrast is made with East Berlin where buildings still in ruin from World War 2 are shown, including on the famous Unter den Linden Boulevard. Troops march on road. Woman enters a building and writes on a note pad. East German civilians dig with spades at a construction site. The Western Powers get out of free Berlin uniting with the East Berlin under Red Rule. Social and economic differences during communist versus capitalist systems in Berlin.

Date: 1958, November 14
Duration: 1 min 10 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Montage of World War 2 scenes from all theaters of Allied operations and scenes of the U.S.A.

Peaceful scenes of pre-war England, showing a church with sheep grazing on its lawn, and a college building with ivy growing on the walls. In contrast, explosion and results of German bombing is shown, with buildings collapsing and ruined from the German blitz over England. A long line of Chinese soldiers marching along the Great Wall of china. Shadows of three Japanese bombers flying over Chinese landscape. On May 4, 1942, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek decorates American fliers who made the first attack on Tokyo in World War 2. Wearing a Chinese decoration around his neck, Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle, who led that raid by U.S. B-25 bombers from the Aircraft Carrier USS Hornet, poses with Madame Chiang and others of his group. Scenes of Moscow, Soviet Russia, including a T-70 light tank moving rapidly along a city street. A Soviet Petlyakov Pe-2 dive bomber taking off in a snow storm. U.S. troops on a halftrack in North Africa. British artillerymen firing a 25 pounder in the desert. Glimpses of smoke rising from enemy strikes at cities in England, Russia, and China. Scenes of destruction from bombing. Brief street scenes of unharmed and intact towns and cities in the United States, including brief New York City scene. Defense workers in America going to work at Ranger Aircraft Engines factory (later part of Fairchild Aircraft and Engine Corporation), and a star flag showing war service by worker families. Farmers in Western U.S. harvesting grain. Railroad trains and river barges carrying harvest from U.S. farms. Herds of cattle and sheep being raised for the war effort in Western U.S. Aerial view of orchards and farms in America. A mining bucket filled with iron ore. Barge carrying the ore. A steel mill in operation. Scrap iron being recycled. View from production floor of U.S. bomber aircraft being built in a defense plant. Countless freight cars in a railroad marshaling yard at a port, where a tug boat and a freighter are seen in the water. War materiel piled up at the port. A convoy of supply ships underway.

Date: 1943
Duration: 3 min 10 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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