German propaganda film in World War II justifies German presence in Poland based on threat of Polish expansionism into Germany
Poland Date:1939, August Duration:5 min 24 sec Sound:Yes
German propaganda film during World War 2 entitled 'Feuertaufe' meaning baptism by fire. A polish soldier on horseback sounds a bugle. What appears to be a newspaper, shows image of Polish Marshal Edward Smigly-Rydz; artillery; and warplanes; and comments about Polish military resistance. Narrator refers to Poland, and Britain at war with Germany. A parade of Polish cavalry units, airplanes, armored units and tanks before Polish military leader Edward Smigly-Rydz. A map illustrates Poland's presumed expansionist policies, including the conquest of Slovak Republic; the German protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia; and threatening Germany, itself. Referring to Danzig Narrator says: "But Danzig is German." Large crowd in Danzig listen to Nazi Gaulieter Albert Forster. German- Danzig troops patrol and construct razor wire obstacles. German flag and symbols on buildings in Danzig. German troops seen in Poland. Views of the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein, underway and entering the harbor at Danzig as crowd on docks cheers. A row of German JU-87 Stuka dive bombers parked on a field. Other German warplanes, including float planes, and twin engine bombers.
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