The siege of Warsaw, Poland by German forces during World War II
Warsaw Poland Date:1939 Duration:3 min 15 sec Sound:Yes
The German viewpoint of events during the Polish Campaign in Warsaw, Poland, during World War 2. Ostensibly to spare Warsaw from destruction, German soldiers, in a mobile communications center, issue an ultimatum from the German High Command, to the Commander of the city of Warsaw, demanding capitulation of defending forces within 12 hours. A German Junkers Ju-52 trimotor transport aircraft parked at a small airport. The aircraft takes off (to disperse handbills with this message.) A German Dornier DO-17 bomber takes off. Next, a German checkpoint is seen clogged with vehicles amd persons attempting to leave the city. Narrator states that only 870 members of the Diplomatic Corps and 1200 foreigners elected to leave. They are seen departing along a road set aside for that purpose by the German High Command. German officers supervise their departure. One,carrying Japanese diplomats, bears a large Japanese flag on its roof. Next, the siege of Warsaw begins, with German gunners loading and firing a 305mm siege mortar. They take refuge in a trench behind the weapon when it fires. Other German field artillery firing, including a 75mm field piece, a 15 cm sfh18 german heavy field howitzer and others not seen. German gunners using periscopic range finding equipment and looking through binoculars to direct artillery. A freight train hit by gunfire. More German 15cm sFH 18 guns firing. German troops watching the artillery barrages from a trench. Smoke rising in distance. More sfh18s firing. Smoke clouds forming above the city. Adolf Hitler observing the artillery siege through periscopic binoculars. Tops of the heads of his officer entourage (their uniform caps) as they crowd around Hitler. More smoke rising as the artillery barrages continue. Adolf Hitler holding binoculars as he stands in the company of army officers. He, and they, look up at sound of aircraft overhead. View of Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers low overhead. Aerial view of smoke on ground and formed into billowing clouds above the city. View from cockpit of observation plane, of smoke rising from Warsaw citadel.
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