Fall of Minsk and first Battle of Smolensk in Operation Barbarossa, World War II. German forces advance to the Dnieper River
Soviet Union Date:1941, July Duration:4 min 56 sec Sound:Yes
German forces take Minsk and advance to the Soviet Union early in their World War 2 Operation Barbarossa. German soldiers dive for cover as a shell explodes, during their house-to-house operations. One waves unarmed surrendering Soviet soldiers forward. Several other surrendering Soviet soldiers run along a dirt roadside. Some are also seen at a German field red cross tent where German medical corpsmen are standing. Soldiers hit the dirt as more shells strike nearby. Closeups of some Soviet prisoners. German Ju 87 Dive bombers are seen high above, and then closeup as they dive. Glimpse of German pilot in cockpit. Bombs striking ground. Dive bombers pulling out. Bombs exploding. Camera focuses on bomb falling from a Ju 87, and tracks it until it explodes on the ground. A German artillery spotter watches as a gun crew fires a 10.5cm le FH 18 howitzer. The shell explodes with white smoke and debris flies into the air. Glimpse of German soldiers watching as a gunner fires a 2cm Flak 38 antiaircraft gun at zero elevation. More artillery firing. A farm building is completely destroyed by an exploding heavy artillery shell. German troops walk past burning armor. Knocked out and burning tanks and other vehicles line the sides of the road to Minsk. But it is now open and a line of German troops with horse-drawn supply wagons moves ahead. Some mounted officers proceed as well. Trucks and armor follow, including a StuG III self-propelled gun armed with a short-barreled 75-mm gun. Scenes of total destruction. German long guns firing in flat lands as they continue advance to the Dnieper River. German 17 Cm Kanone 18 guns firing toward Stalin Line fortifications. Huge explosions seen as shells explode in distance. A fire raging in distance. More German artillery firing. German infantry advancing after the artillery barrages. Obstacles at Soviet lines of defense that German infantry must breach or bypass. German infantry entering a village. One throws a hand grenade and they both drop to the ground as it explodes on a small building. German soldier firing a light machine gun. Sounds of heavy artillery and views of battle damaged buildings and fortifications. Captured Soviet prisoners walk with hands above their heads. Closeups of some. Aerial view of a destroyed fort on the Stalin line and destroyed buildings all around it.
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