German paratroopers land in Rotterdam and advance during the Battle of Rotterdam in World War II.
Rotterdam Netherlands Date:1940 Duration:7 min 13 sec Sound:Yes
The German assault on the Netherlands during the first phase of German assault on France and the Low Countries in World War II. Germany commences Operation Fall Gelb on May 10, 1940. An animated map depicts the movement of the English and French Armies across France towards the Ruhr Area in Germany in response to the German aggression. German Fuhrer Adolf Hitler plans with his Generals and senior officers. An animated map depicts the position and advance of German Army Groups A, B and C towards the French border. German officers discuss a map. An officer sends a message over the radio. Officers operate radios and communication equipment. A soldier leaves with a message on a motorbike. Military vehicles advance towards their positions. German Luftwaffe General Kurt Student accompanied by a Nazi officer greets troops and leaves in a car. German aircraft in flight during the Battle of Rotterdam. The pilot and gunner aboard. German officers and paratroopers seated in the transport aircraft. The paratroopers jump from the aircraft and descend towards the target area of Rotterdam. A map depicts the target area of Rotterdam in Holland. German troops advance on ground. Soldiers on motorbikes and tanks. They uproot barricades, fences and obstructions as they advance. German trucks haul artillery. German troops cross the Rhine in rubber boats and over pontoon bridges. German soldiers stuff grenades into their belts, lay wire, and horses are pushed into water. Street fighting on deserted streets. Medics attend to the wounded. German tank guns fired resulting in explosions. German Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka dive bombers in flight drop bombs over Rotterdam. Tanks are hit. Wounded soldiers helped onto motorbikes. A sign for a field hospital. German Corpsmen care for the wounded. German officers and soldiers during a discussion in the field. Dead French soldiers and wrecked French tanks. French prisoners of war (POW) transferred. Military trucks, antiaircraft guns and jeeps advance.
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