German Army retreating from Vitebsk , Belarus, in advance of Soviet offensive, June, 1944, World War II
Vitebsk Belarus Date:1944, June Duration:3 min 14 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Map highlights Vitebsk region of Belarus. Roaring flames in the city, during World War 2. Refugees with a wooden cart mingle with retreating German infantry walking across a bridge over the Dvina River. A German tank with a huge log fastened to its side as extra protection. It is followed by another tank and three soldiers on a motorcycle and side car. Some infantrymen walk casually but another contingent marches in formation, smiling as they pass the camera. Domes of an orthodox church are seen in the background, as passing soldiers wave to the camera. Smiling German infantrymen walk next to picket fence. Line of refugees in horse-drawn wagons leaving the city. German gunners set up an artillery field piece. View of rail lines and station set ablaze by German troops. Explosions occur along rail line as German sappers detonate charges to destroy tracks. Smoke and haze covers the area. German officer looks through binoculars at smoke from explosion in distance. German soldiers bury Teller land mines along railroad bed. Closeup of a soldier setting mine in place and covering it with patch of grass. German antiaircraft battery set up overlooking Dvina River. Below, German army vehicles cross steel bridge.Sappers destroy another bridge. The Uspenski Cathedral in backgound at confluence of Dvina and Vitba Rivers. A huge explosion sends clouds of black smoke aloft, as German sappers destroy more buildings. A German soldier carrying a Panzerfaust recoiless antitank weapon runs to join another lying prone with an MG 42 light machine gun. More huge demolition explosions. German soldiers ready for combat. Huge fires rage in the city.
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