German invasion of Belgium and battle of Rotterdam in World War II
Belgium Date:1940, May Duration:3 min 13 sec Sound:Yes
Film opens with animated map showing Fort Eben-Emael in Northeastern Belgium, during World War 2. It higlights the Albert and the Willem Canals nearby. German troops are shown hunkered down near a path by a canal. Their commander orders one squad to advance. They cross the path and go down the canal embankment. A destroyed bridge seen in background. Next, the squad of four is seen in a small boat, passing the destroyed bridge as gunfire sounds.They reach the other shore and scramble up the embankment. A Panzer IV tank firing point blank to the rear, at a building. View from German held bank of a Canal as German shells strike the opposite shore. A Panzer IV tank moving past the camera and onto a bridge crossing a canal.(Narrator notes that the The 18th Army under Generalfeldmarschall Georg von Küchler and the 6th Army under General Walther von Reichenau, are participating in this campaign.) High ranking German officers riding in an open staff car carrying a gunner with a machine gun. German troops marching alongside a road as others in trucks drive past. German towed artillery moving along a road past local refugees carrying their belongings in horse-drawn wagons. Map highlights waterways and Dutch city of Moerdijk, which it reflects as German territory, along with other places as illustrates areas falling under control of the German armies advancing toward Rotterdam in "Fortress Holland." German soldiers fighting in urban Holland. Two hunkered down by a gas station. The sky illuminated by fires raging from German bombardment. German Commanders consulting with their officers. German soldiers climbing over house roofs and entering therefrom. Army trucks and armor advancing into a city. Two Dutch defenders surrendering. A Dutch officer accompanied by a soldier with a white flag, being escorted by a German officer. A Dutch vehicle with a white flag, leading several past a windmill. Dutch Commander,Colonel Pieter Wilhelmus Scharroo, enters a building with several staff, and sits at a table opposite Generalleutnant Rudolf Schmidt and other high ranking officers, to negotiate terms of surrender. The German officers are seen reviewing maps of the area. Numerous Dutch prisoners of war are seen marching along a road.
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