German offensives into Holland and Belgium early in World War II
Rotterdam Holland Date:1940, May 10 Duration:4 min 31 sec Sound:Yes
Animated map depicts principal positions of British and French forces on the French-Belgian border in September, 1939 at the start of World War 2, It shows assembly and movement of some forces in Belgium and Holland. Adolf Hitler looks over a planning map with Marshal Walther von Brauchitsch and other officers. Animated map illustrates the disposition of German forces under Generals Bock and Von Rundstedt, and their plan of attack across the Rhine River into Belgium. At German headquarters communications center switchboard operators connect military units to send orders. German soldiers and equipment starts moving with motorcycles, trucks, halftracks and other vehicles. General Franz Halder, Commmander-in-Chief of all German forces, climbs into an open army utility vehicle, after arriving by plane at an airport. An aircraft engine being started. Marshal Hermann Goering, Chief of the airforce (Luftwaffe) converses with an officer at an airport. Junkers Ju 88 bombers taking off and flying in loose formation high overhead. Views from inside one of the aircraft. Closeup of a Heinkel He 111 bomber in flight. View from greenhouse of the aircraft. German paratroopers in the cabin of a Junkers Ju 52 transport plane. Two Ju 52s flying overhead. View from inside a Ju 52 of Belgium and Holland waterways below. Pilot informs the troopers who stand and begin the parachute from the plane into Rotterdam. Closeup of the troopers exiting with chutes starting to open. Three Ju 52s dropping paratroops. Shots of troopers descending under fully open chutes. Aerial view of Rotterdam. German troops running along street and discarding border obstacles with sledge hammers.Military vehicles crossing the border. Tanks used to destroy obstacles. A Stug III crossing the border. German infantry moving cautiously through wooded area. A group drops down to the ground as a shot is heard to ricochet past them. German soldiers firing machine gun. Infantry under fire moving across fields flanking a village. German soldiers under small arms fire, scurry along a deserted steet in a town and seek shelter in doorways. Two carry a wounded comrade. A soldier fires an MG 42 machine gun resting on the shoulder of another soldier. German soldiers stand over two wounded. More German troops running close to buildings for cover.
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