German forces move through Lithuania, during their surprise offensive on the Eastern Front, in World War II
Lithuania Date:1941 Duration:3 min 28 sec Sound:Yes
Animated map showing Western boundaries of USSR and arrow depicting German thrust Eastward into Lithuania toward the city of Kovno (Kaunas). The attack commences with a heavy artillery bombardment. German artillery batteries are seen firing 15 cm sFH 18 howitzers. Shells burst in the background. A German soldier gives a hand signal and German Army vehicles move forward beginning with an SdKfz 251 half-track armored personnel carrier, towing a trailer; a staff car; motorcycles; and a Panzer II tank. Camera focuses on German armor moving on the road and across the fields, including Panzer II and Panzer I Ausf. A tanks. Tank commanders stand in their hatches and look through binoculars. Infantry move forward along a path beside a tank stuck in a deep ditch at the roadside. Infantry running across a field while Sound of machine gun fire is heard. Huge explosions are heard and smoke rises at the battle front ahead of a group of advancing German tanks. Several Soviet prisoners are marched to the rear under guard. They salute as they are brought before a German officer who issues orders to them and their guards. Closeups of individual Soviet prisoners shaking their heads and raising their hands. A half-track towing a field piece, passes in background. German soldiers aided by impressed local men, build a short section of corduroy road with logs, to facilitate movement of vehicles over a culvert. A German staff car rides over it, followed by a half-track tractor Sd.Kfz. 7, full of soldiers, and towing a 75mm infantry gun. It passes through remmants of barbed wire fence. Artillerymen manually set up a 105mm howitzer and begin firing it. Others in a battery seen firing. German troops fire an 8cm mortar. Gunners firing MG-34 heavy machine guns. Smoke rising from artillery strikes. German infantry on bicycles move along a path. Scenes of destruction as German forces begin entering outskirts of a town.. Fires burning everywhere
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