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.
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 their bombers. A flight of five German fighters (appear to be Bf-109s) peeling off to attack an Allied bomber. American gunner in bomber firing machine gun at attacking German fighter. Headon view of German Focke Wulf FW-190 fighter heading staight toward the camera, and zooming up over it. Gunner in bomber firing. An aircraft exploding inflight. View through cracked windshield of aircraft in a formation of U.S. Martin B-26 Marauder bombers. View rearward from bomb bay as bombs are released from a B-26. Scene shifts to view from rear of a U.S. B-17 bomber dropping bombs. View of the bombs striking a rail marshaling yard. Another view of a B-26 bomber in flight.
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.
Peaceful scenes of pre-war England, showing a church with sheep grazing on its lawn, and college building. In contrast, explosion and results of German bombing is shown, with buildings collapsing and ruined. 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. Brief street scenes of unscarred towns and cities in the United States. 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.
The Russian Revolution of 1917. Scenes of trench warfare on the Western Front during World War I. German soldiers firing at enemy positions. Ill-equipped Russian troops in the field, and suffering from pestilence and disease. A Russian soldier wearing no shirt and with no equipment is seen scratching at itches on his own body. Starving, sad Russian children are shown back in Russia. Scenes of St Petersburg, Russia in March 1917, during demonstrations for increased bread rations. Responding Russian troops defect and join demands for the transfer of power from the Czar to an elected parliament. A military vehicle loaded with troops is seen rallying and celebrating with Russian people. Minister of Justice in the Provisional Government Alexander Kerensky speaks to a large crowd. Czar Nicholas II, who has abdicated, sitting on a stump, with a few guards behind him. Political prisoners are freed from prisons. Leon Trotsky, speaking from a train platform, upon his return from exile in Canada. Summer, 1917, and Alexander Kerensky becomes Head of the Russian Provisional Government. Kerensky, standing in the balcony of a building, proclaims Russia a republic. A large crowd gathered outside the building. Vladimir Lenin speaking to a large crowd on the Kerensky Republic. View of Farmer workers with shovels in a field. Lenin and Trotsky call for the members of the Farmer Worker Army Union Soviet to work against the Kerensky Republic. View of Lenin speaking against the Republic and for class warfare. Lenin's Bolsheviks riot and seize the railroad stations, telegraph lines, and government offices. A tower column of the Russian monarchy is seen falling to the ground. Events on November 25 after the Russian Revolution: A number of people on a street during elections called for by Kerensky. View of Lenin talking to people in the streets. Lenin's Bolshevik group loses to the SR party. People in the streets near the time of the election. The elected assembly of the Socialist Revolutionary Party is seen meeting under the protection of Trotsky's Red Army which is seen marching near a crowd. Catherine Breshkovsky is seen standing and speaking at the assembly meeting. The elected assembly in session. The assembly refuses to turn power over to the Lenin Soviet. The members of the elected assembly are seen finally giving in to the Bolsheviks and the factions of the SR that have split to support the Bolsheviks. The leaders of the defeated faction of the Socialist Revolutionary Party (SR) are seen leaving the grounds of the assembly. In the next scene, a crowd protests against the dismissal of the elected assembly, to no avail.. Lenin speaking to a large crowd. He speaks about the power won and maintained by violence. Views of the demonstrating crowd.
U.S. Army Air Forces C-47 transport plane, painted in D-Day invasion stripes, lands at improvised airstrip in Normandy, France,during World War 2. Barrage balloons surround the airstrip.The C-47 has numeral two painted by its U.S. star on fuselage. A second C-47 is seen on final approach to the airstrip. Foreground is marked by foxholes, possible shell holes and other signs of combat. U.S. Army Chief of Staff, George S. Marshall and Supreme Allied Commander, General Dwight D. Eisenhower are seen consulting with British Officer of the Scots Guards, who reads a military dispatch. Military Police stand guard in background. They are joined by Admiral Ernest J, King, USN, and Lieutenant General Omar Bradley, Commanding General, 1st Army . The military leaders board jeeps in a convoy. Lieutenant General Henry (Hap) Arnold, Commanding General, U.S Army Air Forces, seen briefly as he steps from a C-47 aircraft. Marshall, Eisenhower, and King, boarding jeeps. They look up as a U.S. Air Forces B-17 bomber flies low overhead. General Marshal conversing with a helmeted army soldier. Rear Admiral Alan G. Kirk, USN, Commander Western Naval Task Force, steps from a C-47 transport airplane, followed by General Eisenhower.General Marshall and General Bradley (with bandaged nose) riding in a jeep. General Eisenhower and Admiral King seated in a jeep. Convoy of senior officers passing several troops and military vehicles along a road. Air Forces General Arnold in front seat of a jeep.The jeeps arrive at a building.