German troops are welcomed as they enter Kaunas, Lithuania , during World War Two.
Kaunas Lithuania Date:1941, June 25 Duration:2 min 27 sec Sound:Yes
German forces entering the outskirts of Kaunas, Lithuania, during their surprise offensive on the Eastern Front during World war 2. Three German soldiers stand next to a parked staff car in a town. Several local women in bonnets and babushkas stand behind them.A Panzer III tank breezes past between them and the camera. Lithuanians and ethnic Germans (Volksdeutschen) wave their hats in welcome and one gives a Nazi salute, as a Panzer I tank enters the town. Soldiers on motorcycles and another Panzer I tank follow. Soldiers ride horses pulling artillery caissons camouflaged with tree branches. Soldiers ride in them. Closeup, near the ground, of horses, their trappings and the caissons they pull. Scene shifts to soldiers loading war materiel onto flat raft ferries at a river bank. Soldiers work to load a 105mm light howitzer, model 18, onto a ferry. A ferry carrying several caissons being pushed across the river by a ferryman in a small boat using a long-shaft outboard motor. Another ferry is seen carrying horses and infantrymen. A line of soldiers walk their bicycles along a path beside the river towards a spot where several large river steamer boats are docked. Substantial buildings of old town Kaunas stand on the other side of the river. Camera pans across the cityscape, showing twin spires of the Catholic Church (Jesuit) of St. Francis Xavier and associated buildings. View from riverbank as German soldiers descend its slope and walk towards a riverboat. The arch of a suspension bridge is seen in background. Troops cross a long plank to board the riverboat. View of soldiers gathered on deck of the riverboat. The German flag and the Lithuanian flag, just beneath it, are seen flying atop a tall structure at the port. Later, as German soldiers disembark from riverboats, they are greeted by women, in what appear to be nurses uniforms, who distribute flowers to them. The soldiers proceed along a paved road beside the river. The arched suspension bridge, shown earlier,is now seen to be part of the bridge connecting Old Town with Aleksotas across the Nemunas river. It consists of several arches, but only one is standing, and the rest destroyed. The infantry on bicycles speed down an incline on the road.
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