Opening scene shows overview of the Uralmash heavy machine production facility of the Russian engineering corporation (OMZ), in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Soviet Union. Inside the plant, large pieces of equipment with exposed ring gears are seen. A worker at a gear cutting machine makes measurements to confirm accuracy, as the machine shapes a large ring gear. Closeup of the gear cutting machine at the work surface, with liquid flowing over the cutting tool. Factory employees work with precision machined cylinder liners for large engines. Two men ram a cylinder sleeve into the open hole of an engine block. Others are seen chilling cylinder sleeves with liquid nitrogen to shrink them. They then use tongs and gloves to handle the sleeves and place them into an engine block. (When the sleeves warm up again, they will be permanently set into the block). Engineers discuss drawings for a product. One uses a pair of compasses to check an engineering drawing. Closeups of several engineers who are mentioned by name (in Russian). Scene reverts back to the factory floor, where men work on one of the large ring-geared pieces of equipment. Glimpse of parts moving on overhead conveyer inside the plant.
Generals inspect troops in Yekaterinburg, Russia during World War I. View of a large building in a cold, snowy setting. Horses pull sleds with passengers and equipment. Slovak General Milan Rastislav Štefánik (1st Minister of War of Czechoslovakia), together with Czechoslovakian Generals Rudolf Gaida and Jan Syrovy review and decorate Russian troops in Yekaterinburg. The troops assemble for movement to the front. The soldiers march holding guns through the streets. Civilians watch as the soldiers march past. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
The Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg,Russia. A woman stands at the curb and two guards stand outside a rough wooden fence in front of the Ipatiev House. Inside the house, General Radola Gaida (Gajda), a leader of the Czechoslovak legions in Russia, sits at his deck. Interior views of the Ipatiev House (where the Romanovs, Nicholas II and his immediate family were executed). The dining room, living room, and bed room of the house. Change of scene shows masses of Russian refugees with their belongings at a railway station.
The Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The troops on horses move through the streets. A building seen in the background. The exterior view of the Ipatiev House where the Romanovs were executed. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Allied Expeditionary Forces in Siberia, Russia during World War 1. Bolsheviks prisoners of war at an Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg) prison. Two soldiers stand guard with rifles. Prisoners stand and few of them seated. At another location, women, carrying baskets of food and such, stand outside massive doors of a building, apparently waiting for relatives to emerge. Later, Bolsheviks pose in front of the building, smoking and appearing relaxed. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
German invasion of Russia during World War II. A map showing German invasion path in Russia until defeat at siege of Stalingrad. A map showing Soviet postwar expansion into Eastern Poland, East Prussia, portions of Finland and other areas. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are incorporated as Republics into the Soviet Union. Russian zones of occupation in Germany, Austria and North Korea. Map depicts an "Iron Curtain" encompassing the Soviet postwar territories. Soviet troops and tanks occupying countries. Soviet ZSU-57-2 self-propelled anti-aircraft guns traveling along a city street. Crowds cheering in a stadium in Soviet East Germany. President Wilhelm Pieck of the German Democratic Republic is among people seen applauding in the stands. . Soviet cargo ships in a harbor operating under trade agreements. Chinese Communist forces moving with guns and artillery and tanks to expel Chiang Kai-Shek and Chinese Nationalists from mainland China, in 1949. Chinese refugees including a casualty and a child holding a bag.