Patriotic ceremony and parade for Home Guards in Braunschweig, Germany, during World War II
Braunschweig Germany Date:1944 Duration:1 min 7 sec Sound:Yes
Older men and youth, formed by the Nazis into a Home Guard (Volkssturm),late in World War 2, parade with regular army and SS units in Braunsweig, Germany. Young school children walk along a cobblestone steet and sidewalk in the historic district of the city, ahead of the marchers. Medieval style structures line the street. (This is shortly before the devastating bombing of the city, by the RAF, in October, 1944.) Nazi Gauleiter (who is also SS Gruppenführer) Hartmann Lauterbacher, reviews the marchers. Citizens line the sidewalks and render the Nazi salute. Some of the home guard march shouldering axes. Guards flank a banner with swastika in the center and the words: "Germany Awake." The banner pole is topped by a swastika, in a metal wreath and a plaque bearing the word,"Harz." Camera pans upward to Gauleiter Lauterbacher speaking to the assemblage from behind a wall overlooking the scene. Closeup of old men with white armbands reading:"Country Awake." Views of helmeted soldiers.
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