German advance to Don River in Russia during Operation Barbarossa in World War II
Russia Date:1942, July Duration:2 min 10 sec Sound:Yes
Smoke rising from fire burning on West bank of the Don River in Russia. Camera pans down to river and some German soldiers crossing on what appears to be partly a pontoon bridge and partly remnants of a damaged one. German troops hunkered down on the West side by the damaged bridge. Horses and damaged vehicles clutter the approach to the bridge in a scene of utter destruction. Camera pans across scene of fire, smoke, and war materiel abandoned by the Russians. The area has bee devasted by attacks from the air and heavy shelling. Away from the river, two German soldiers ride in motorcycle and sidecar. Barrel of a siege gun is raised and fired. German soldiers remove tree branches camouflaging an 8.8cm anti-aircraft gun to fire on attacking soviet bombers (not seen). Others firing a Flakvierling 38 anti-aircraft gun. View of an airplane, hit by the gunfire, falling with smoke trailing.
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