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The swift collapse of the Third Reich in the spring of 1945 brought, with the surrender, mountains of films and documents covering the entire period of the Nazi regime. Perhaps no other period in history is as well documented. Many of these films are now historical documents of a time when madness and hate overran mankind. Some films made in those years do not reflect current official views of Germany, its people, or other nations and should be used only with extreme parental discretion and guidance. Almost 55 years have passed since the terrible holocaust. The memories and the consequences are still with us today. HOW...WHY... could such a system have arisen and flourished? How many times have the questions been asked? How many answers have been offered? The voices on these video tapes are the voices of history... perhaps those who listen today can help answer the questions posed by these terrible years!
All newsreels have been transferred from original 35 millimeter and 16 millimeter German prints and have been accurately translated and electronically subtitled in English.
(JAN/FEB, 1943): ca. 48 min. - Newsreel 647 (27 January 1943), Scenes from Eisenach, including the Wartburg. Ten years of National Socialist rule are illustrated, unemployment conquered, new construction, new German art, new dwellings, care for mothers and children, Hitler Youth, "Strength Through Joy" recreation programs for workers. The film says enemies have been trying to disrupt this peaceful development, but have been thwarted by heroism at the front and by homeland mobilization. an extended sequence details night-fighter operations, enemy planes spotted, air-raid-warning headquarters, pilots at leisure, command post directing pilot, enemy plane shot down. Western Mediterranean Theater, after ships taking arms to Tunisia are attacked by British torpedo planes, one of the planes is shot down and the crew is rescued, in Southern Tunisia, tanks and armored infantry battle French troops. In winter battles in the Leningrad area, a Soviet observation post is destroyed and engineers readying a trench for defense are attacked by a Soviet unit, which is defeated with the aid of anti-tank forces. In the Velikiye Luki area, a horse-drawn field kitchen, a field medical station, knocked-out Soviet tanks, close-ups of soldiers. Southeast of Lake Ilmen, a Soviet attack is repulsed, assault tanks join up with armored infantry for a counterattack. At another (unnamed) location on the Eastern Front, Germans repulse Soviet. 26 min. Newsreel 648 (3 February 1943), foreign Minister von Ribbentrop and Ambassador Ohshima sign the German-Japanese economic treaty. At the conference of the Reich's Labor Chamber, Party Labor Director Ley speaks and awards are given to workers and firms. In the honorary hall of the Reich's Ministry of Aviation, Goering speaks to the Armed Forces, saying Germans are the guarantors of Europe's survival. At the Berlin Sports Palace, Goebbels speaks to the German people, proclaiming the dedication of the home front to the soldiers and the Fuehrer and reading a proclamation from Hitler that speaks of the Armed Forces standing up to the Asian threat. U-boat in the South Atlantic, receiving and loading torpedoes from another boat, sighting a neutral (Swedish) ship, sinking an American yacht. North Africa, passing Carthaginian ruins on way to base in Southern Tunisia, life on and defenses of base, light infantry clashes with Americans, destroyed American tanks and American machete, German fighters attack British bombers, successful pilots shown with Field Marshal Kesselring. On the Finnish Front, a relief unit advances and snow is cleared from roads, a forward artillery observer gets a medal. In the Leningrad area, supplies are brought to the front by rail, and a railroad gun is fired. In the middle sector of the Eastern Front, a signal unit sets up communication links and a Soviet attack is repulsed by flak and infantry. 22 min.
(FEB/MARCH, 1943): ca. 60 min. - Newsreel 651 (24 February 1943), In the Berlin Sports Palace Goebbels speaks at length to the German people, audience members, including women, soldiers, and other representatives of social groups, are often shown. Goebbels affirms that Germany and its allies are the only bulwark against Soviet aggression and asks the audience if it wants "total war" with total home front dedication, to which the audience replies affirmatively loudly and often. A large part of this segment uses original sound, including Goebbels' voice. Subsequent footage shows German women getting jobs at armaments plants, freeing men for duty at the front. On the Tunisian Front, weapons are shipped from Italy to Africa, Gabes and its defenses are reviewed by Rommel. In the Southern sector of the Eastern Front, soldiers retreat, accompanied by members of the local populace said to fear the Soviet "yoke", a captive balloon directs fire, winter rigors are stressed, bombers and fighters attack Soviet railroads and vehicles. 17 min. Thomas, This comic vignette, in verse, delivers the message that electricity should be conserved to save coal. 87 seconds. Newsreel 652 (3 March 1943), New armaments plants. Half-track motorcycles are manufactured and tested. Reserve soldiers train in a garrison yard. Goering reviews the Hermann Goering division, a fully-motorized Luftwaffe unit. At the Tunisian Front, German tanks battle their American and English counterparts. In the southern sector of the Eastern Front, 2500 horses from Caucasian stud farms begin their journey to the Ukraine, retreating German units destroy telegraph poles and bridges behind them, and are said to be protecting locals accompanying them. Between the Dnieper and the Donets, Waffen-SS units and the SS Bodyguard Regiment Adolf Hitler battle the Soviets. Somewhere on the Eastern Front, a pilot gets a medal from Lieutenant General Korten, Stukas bomb Soviet targets, and Soviet fighters are engaged. 20 min. Newsreel 654 (17 March 1943), New armaments plants, with women workers featured. On the Channel and Atlantic coast, the Reich's Labor Service and the Todt Organization build fortifications, a Navy outpost ship faces a storm, English bombers are sighted and German fighters intervene. On the Eastern Front, field-maintenance soldiers overhaul planes. Soviet partisans are hunted, a short-range reconnaissance plane brings data for evaluation, security police, riding sleighs and tracked vehicles, attack a village where partisans are hiding, peasants offer the police helpful information, partisans defeated, a Fieseler Storch plane brings seized documents about nearby partisans. To the south of Lake Ladoga, snow is removed from roads, a telephone unit is attacked, Soviet ground-attack planes are downed, Stukas and infantry counter-attack, knocked-out Soviet tanks, a Dutch SS gunner receives a medal. Between the Dnieper and the Donets, Army and Waffen-SS units advance against Soviet tank unit and village, Stukas and other planes bomb supply depots and troop concentrations. 21 min.
(MARCH/APRIL, 1943): ca. 50 min. - Newsreel 655 (24 March 1943), Heroes' Memorial Day in Berlin, Hitler, Himmler, Goering, Keitel, Doenitz, and others attend ceremonies at the Armory, where Hitler praises the German soldier for protecting Europe from "Bolshevik" aggression, Hitler passes a battalion of honor and greets wounded soldiers. In the North Atlantic, a U-boat stalks a British convoy, a British escort plane forces the U-boat to submerge, torpedoes are released, depth charges shake up the U-boat and its crew, after surfacing, the crew view a torpedoed British steamer. In Greece, heavy weapons roll through Athens, transport ships go to Crete, defenses on Crete. The battle for Kharkov, tanks and motorized infantry units of the Waffen-SS advance toward Kharkov, tanks and infantry attack a nearby village, German troops break into Kharkov, where hard street fighting ensues, ahead of the assault troops, German planes strafe and bomb Soviet troops and trains. 22 min. Newsreel 658 (14 April 1943), In the South Pacific, the Japanese land on New Guinea despite American resistance and seize the British airport at Salamaua, from this base, their bombers take off for Northern Australia and bomb Port Darwin. On the Eastern Front, where land has turned into mud, corduroy bridges are built. Between Lake Ladoga and Lake Ilmen, trenches are full of water, signs of spring, the Soviet attack collapses, General Weiss praises the German infantrymen. On the Lapland Front, Haflinger horses servicing as pack animals deliver mail and supplies to a forward base. In the Karelian forest, a new Soviet base is seized. A wounded soldier travels from Norway to Germany. Hitler meets with Mussolini, von Ribbentrop and Keitel appear. Hitler awards a medal to Admiral Doenitz, who visits his men. U-boat in the Caribbean, off-duty activities, a torpedo barrel is fixed and a torpedo loaded, the cook makes a Christmas cake, a Christmas greeting from Admiral Doenitz is read, and gifts are exchanged, through the periscope, Curacao is visible, a steamer is sunk. 19 min. Im Wald von Katyn (In the Katyn Forest), This short tells the story of pits filled with over 12,000 dead Polish officers found in the Katyn Forest near Smolensk in the Soviet Union. The film contends that these officers were murdered, many by being buried alive, by the Soviet Secret Police in 1940. The corpses are shown in graphic detail. Forensic investigation and investigative groups from many nations are spoken of and shown 8 1/2 min.
(MAY/JUNE, 1943): ca. 59 min. - Newsreel 661 (5 May 1943) - At the conference of the Reich Labor Chamber in the Reich Chancellery, director of Organization, Robert Ley, stresses the role of the workplace in national victory. Awards are given to firms, managers, and workers. On the western front, Reich Labor Service men at work and at leisure, a bicycle unit, after a British bomber formation is sighted, German flak and fighters are employed and one British plane is downed. At the front to the southeast of Leningrad, A thaw has turned land in the Volkhov area into lakes and rivers, supplies transported on rubber boats, posts and positions surrounded by water. In the middle sector of the eastern front, Soviet movement spotted, message relayed to rear, firing coordinates calculated, firing commences, village ablaze after deluge of Soviet incendiary bombs. A defensive battle in Tunisia, German-Italian tank units retreat to new positions at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, their defenses and weapons are shown, Stukas and infantry help defeat a British-American tank attack, destroyed enemy tanks are shown. A U-boat in the Atlantic gets fuel, torpedoes, and provisions from a transport ship, cooking, eating, and leisure pursuits, spotting and sinking of a British freighter. 23 min. Newsreel 663 (19 May 1943), Field Marshal Busch speaks at General Brockdorf-Ahlefeld's state funeral at the Berlin Arsenal. In Seeboden on Millstaetter Lake, the second preliminary training camp for Germanic youths is held. Training riding horses and pack animals for work with mountain troops. Defenses on the Atlantic, Channel and Mediterranean coasts, including fortifications, reconnaissance planes, flak guns, railway guns, and infantry, the Todt Organization, Department Head Dorsch, and Reich Labor Leader Hierl are also shown. A convoy taking munitions through the Corinth Canal repels an attack from British bombers and torpedo planes. In the Middle sector of the eastern front, police units attack partisans in farmsteads, capturing leaders. In the southern sector of the eastern front, a mail wagon arrives, a local folk dance, a Cossack regiment in the Wehrmacht demonstrates horsemanship, General Nehring. At the Kuban bridgehead, Stukas and artillery attack Soviets, Brigadier General Friebe is present. 16 min. Newsreel 666 (9 June 1943), A rally for military volunteers in the Galician town of Kolumea, where the Governor speaks. Hitler Youth volunteers for the Waffen-SS assemble for a roll call, where Himmler speaks and Reich Youth Leader Axmann is present. In Vienna, the 54th Division is renamed the Hoch und Deutschmeister Division to its service on the eastern front, Baldur von Schirach announces the award. Luftwaffe training center for flak-gun ground warfare. In the east, soldiers close to the front get books from a mobile "front bookstore" and engage in sports. At a dockyard on the Dnieper, Ukrainians under German supervision repair barges left behind by Soviets. At the Kuban bridgehead, a reconnaissance patrol traverses a reed thicket to find Soviet positions, which are then attacked by artillery. Armaments, many kinds of armament and armaments factories are shown, statistics proving increased production are adduced, armaments workers receive medals from General Heinz Guderian, General of the Waffen-SS Sepp Dietrich, and others, after the awards ceremony, Goebbels speaks, saying that the eastern front is holding firm and that unshakable Germany, forced to fight for its life, will be victorious in the end. 20 min.
(JUNE, 1943): ca. 46 min. - Newsreel 668 (23 June 1943), A ship takes children from Berlin to a camp on the Baltic Sea as part of the KLV ("Sending children to the Country") program. The German Opera Orchestra, conducted by Hans Schmidt-Isserstaedt, performs at a tank plant. Women train to be Luftwaffe signal auxiliaries. At a mass rally in Dortmund, Goebbels speaks to a populace hard hit by Allied air raids, saying they must not break down under this terror because the War, which will determine the future of the German nation, will finally be won by Germany. Waffen-SS anti-tank units train. Italian Admiral Riccardi gives Italian medals to German sailors on the Mediterranean coast. Riccardi and Emperor Victor Emmanuel at Italian Navy Day in Rome, where medals are awarded. Training at a U-boat school, including classroom work, demonstrations with a model, and countering U-boat chasers in field exercises. In Helsinki, Major General Malmberg takes over command of the Waffen-SS Finnish volunteer battalion. German artillery fires at targets in the Leningrad harbor area, south of the city, a Soviet attack is repulsed and a Soviet observation post is eliminated. At the Kuban bridgehead, Germans find and attack a Soviet unit, Soviet tanks are repulsed, and German bomber groups attack Soviet supply depots. 22 min. Newsreel 669 (30 June 1943), Championship soccer match between the Dresden Sport Club and Saarbruecken Soccer Club at the Reich Sports Field. Works in an art exhibit in Munich opened by Goebbels. In Vienna, Alfred Rosenberg and Reich Press Chief Otto Dietrich speak to an international conference of journalists. In the Rhenish-Westphalian region, British bombers are countered by flak and night fighters. Bombing damage in Krefeld. Aftermath of bombing in German civilian areas, fire fighting, Food given out by field kitchens, streetcar cable repaired, ruins of cultural monuments and social-welfare institutions. In Southern France, the 60th Infantry Division is honored in recognition of SA performance, SA General Huettner is present. In Montenegro, Waffen-SS units and others destroy a partisan stronghold and capture partisan leaders. On the eastern front, an infantry battalion rests, letter writing, games, sports listening to Wehrmacht radio communiqué reporting relative quiet on the front. Fresh divisions advance to the eastern front. 24 min.
(JULY, 1943): ca. 48 min. - Newsreel 670 (7 July 1943), Bombed-out Cologne, Cathedral. Boys and girls in a sports festival of the Berlin District Hitler Youth held at the Olympic Stadium, including gymnastics and track. General Guderian visits an NSKK (National socialist Motor Corps) tank-driving school. On the eastern front, soldiers' Midsummer Day celebration and assault unit attacks a Soviet advance post. Japanese officers visit the front between Leningrad and Lake Ilmen. A Turkish military mission visits the southern sector of the eastern front, Field Marshal von Manstein is present. In Minsk, police raid enemy agents and saboteurs. Army and Waffen-SS units and French Legion volunteers destroy a Soviet partisan group. A makeshift streetcar in Orel. Russians celebrate liberation from Soviet rule. Russian military volunteers on German side. A night reconnaissance plane parries a Soviet ground attack. In the English Channel, a German advance post on a lighthouse island. Off the French coast, a submarine-hunting flotilla destroys a British submarine with depth charges. 24 min. Newsreel 672 (21 July 1943), Wartime German swimming championship at Erfurt, including racing and diving. German soldiers attend a bloodless bullfight in Arles, France. Grand Admiral Doenitz inspects new U-boat crews. U-boats escorted by destroyers put out to sea, a British aerial attack on the boats is countered. A massacre of Ukrainians near Vinnitsa is said to have been perpetrated by Jewish henchmen of the Soviet secret police, the Ukrainians' funeral is shown. In the Orel area, German supply columns, Field Marshal von Kluge, Soviet infantry against German artillery, Luftwaffe bombing Soviet staging areas. Belgorod battle sector, German rockets, tanks, fighter planes, infantry, assault units, and Stukas oppose Soviet planes, tanks, and infantry, captured Soviet soldiers and guns, German prefabricated bridge, General Model. 24 min.
(AUGUST, 1943): ca. 43 min. - Newsreel 674 (4 August 1943), Agricultural scenes, harvesting rape, Hitler Youth picking peas, Flemish girl working in the Warthegau, gooseherd from Norway, wheat harvest. Children in the Baltic Sea learn and play as part of the KLV ("Sending Children to the Country") program. The eastern front assault group Briesen is feted in Luebeck and visits Hitler Youth at a camp. At Hitler's Wolfsschanze headquarters, the Fuehrer is joined by Field Marshal Keitel, Japanese Ambassador Oshima, Field Marshal Milch, Albert Speer, Joseph Goebbels, and others. A U-boat tanker bringing supplies to a U-boat in the Atlantic must evade a British reconnaissance plane, the transfer of various supplies is shown. On the Leningrad front, artillery, including a railway gun, fire at Soviet factories, troop concentrations, and an observation post. Orel combat zone, HE-111 bombers attack Soviet supply routes, German supply truck convoys, a "native" unit attacks partisans in a village, captured Soviet solders and weapons, German soldiers resting, tank battles, German rocket batteries, destroyed Soviet and US tanks. 24 min. Newsreel 675 (11 August 1943), English bombers unsuccessfully attack a convoy including outpost patrol vessels on escort duty. Other British bombers are countered by flak and shot down by night fighters. Piles of British and American aircraft wrecks. Soldiers and armaments workers see 'Die Meistersinger von Nuernberg' at Bayreuth. Wounded soldiers take a pleasure trip down the Isar River from Toelz. Soldiers on leave and wounded soldiers from the Leningrad front go home on East Prussian Naval Service ships. On the Mediterranean front, Rommel and tanks in Salonika, Lieutenant Brandi, the most-successful German U-boat commander in the Mediterranean, returns from a victorious mission,, glider transports carry men and material, transport planes carry paratroops and supplies over the Straits of Messina to the Sicilian defensive front, Germans fight British, American, and Canadian tanks and infantry. On the eastern front, Germans evacuate Orel, bombers, Stukas, tanks, rockets, and infantry attack Soviets, Soviet tanks in a village are surrounded, ME-110 bomber formations attack. Soviet reserves, tank concentrations, and columns east and northeast of Belgorod, an ME-110 destroys two Soviet fighters. 19 min.
(SEPTEMBER, 1943): ca. 38 min. - Newsreel 679 (8 September 1943), Tuna fishing on the Atlantic coast of Spain. Members of the Serbian construction Service, modeled on the German Construction Service, dig drainage ditches. In Breslau, the seventh Hitler Youth Summer Games (boys and girls participating), including gymnastics, track and field, swimming and diving. A German city after a bombing attack, downed bombers, civilians given supplies and evacuated from city. Hitler on a morning walk. Himmler, von Manstein, Goering, Doenitz, Keitel, Jodl, and Korten consult with Hitler at his headquarters. On the Eastern Front, a Soviet breakthrough is repulsed by artillery, rocket batteries, and tanks, which are countered by Soviet assault planes and artillery. Germans withdraw from Sicily across the Straits of Messina while their flak repels bomber attacks, General Hube is shown. Torpedo bombers leave an advance airfield in the Mediterranean and attack a British convoy. The auxiliary cruiser Thor interdicts enemy merchant ships, routine activities on the boat, enemy ships are captured, a steamer is sunk. 20 min. Newsreel 680 (15 September 1943), in memory of the recently deceased King Boris of Bulgaria, his last visit to Hitler's headquarters is shown. Boris's funeral in Sofia, lying in state in the Alexander Nevsky cathedral, procession to the railway station, Queen Ioanna, King Simeon II, Raeder, Keitel, and von Steengracht are present. Hitler Youth members display their skills on Pre-military Training Day. The crew of the auxiliary cruiser 'Thor' visit Japan, Captain Gumprich and Japanese Navy officers are shown. On the Easter Front, the Speer Brigade of the National Socialist Motor Corps, reinforcements move into quarters on the front, German artillery, assault guns, flak, rockets, and Stukas, destroyed Soviet tanks, Soviet wounded, dead, and prisoners, Major General von Schwerin awards decorations. German troops march into Italy, where they are warmly received, Kesselring is shown. 18 min.
(SEPT/OCT, 1943): German Troops Capture Rome; Heavy Fighting at Allied Beachhead at Salerno; Mussolini Rescued in Abruzzi Mountains; SS Captain Skorzeny and Mussolini; Hitler Decorates Four Luftwaffe Officers; Kuban Bridgehead Evacuated; German Troops Withdraw to Crimea; Stuka Formations in Action. Two newsreels, 49 min. **Sorry No Longer Available**
ca. 39 min. - Newsreel 685 (20 October 1943), Medical Corps Brigadier General Sauerbruch gives a lecture. A miner sculpts in his free time. Training at the Women's Leader School of the Labor Service. In a motor-sport school of the National Socialist Motor Corps, Hitler Youth learn about assault boats. In the Leningrad combat zone, a Luftwaffe field-division assault unit blows up a Soviet bunker and receives decorations. In the central sector of the Eastern Front, an armored train and armored reconnaissance vehicle are used to battle partisans. On the coast of the Sea of Azov, guns are mounted and cavalry is used for reconnaissance. On the perimeter of the new main line of resistance in the central sector of the Eastern Front, German infantry, artillery, tanks, and rockets repel Soviet advances, a sergeant is awarded the Knight's Cross. A Stuka group in the east honors Captain Rudel and his radio infantry, aided by the Luftwaffe, land on Corfu, which is later occupied by troops. Von Weichs and Marshal Graziani in Kesselring's headquarters. In Rome, Graziani leads a march to the National Memorial, General Stahel (the German Commandant of Rome) and General Ricci (the commander of the fascist militia) accompany him. battling Allied bombers in Germany, downed bombers and dead pilots, "arrogant inscriptions" on downed bombers, bombers made into scrap, fighter pilots, including Major Graf. 20 min. Newsreel 687 (3 November 1943), In Prague Castle, Reich Minister Frick is inaugurated as Reich Protector in Bohemia and Moravia, Karl Frank, Czech President Hacha, and Hans Lammers are present. Prince Cyril and Professor Filoff from the Bulgarian Regency Council are received by Hitler and von Ribbentrop as they arrive for a meeting in Hitler's headquarters. In a military-training camp for Navy Hitler Youth on a lake in Southern Germany, boys learn about knots, warships, semaphore, and sailing. Goering inspects air defense forces, is briefed by flight crews, offers instruction, inspects a plane equipped with new night-fighting devices, and talks with residents of an area distressed by bombing, with defense workers, and with people in a mining settlement. General Loerzer, Brigadier General Galland, Major Graf, Field Marshal Milch, and Professor Messerschmitt appear in this sequence. Wounded former prisoners of war come to Stettin and a French harbor. Lieutenant Commander Lueth and his U-boat crew return to a German base after the longest voyage ever made by a U-boat, crew members receive decorations from Captain Roesing, and Lieutenant Commanders Lueth, Topp, Suhren, and Gysae receive decorations from Hitler. Hitler decorates fighter pilot Captain Nowotny. During the invasions of Kos Island, German dive-bombers attack, German ships withstand British bombers, the garrison is captured, village residents greet motorized troops, and soldiers and British planes are captured. Selected shots from Eastern Front defensive battles, including Luftwaffe, artillery, Tanks, and Soviet prisoners. 19 min.
(NOVEMBER, 1943): ca. 40 min. - Newsreel 688 (10 November 1943), In the German Alps, cattle are driven down to the valley for fall pasturage. Morning exercises for workmen at camp in Carinthia. Soccer final for Schamer Cup in the Adolph Hitler Stadium in Stuttgart, in which the Luftwaffe Sport Club Hamburg opposes a team from Vienna. In a Berlin defense plant, Albert Speer talks to youth about their labor obligations. In the Kroll Opera House in Berlin, Youth Leader Axmann speaks to Hitler Youth about the importance of their labor duty for the war effort. In Posen, a celebration witnessed by Himmler and others commemorates the Warthland's return to the Reich. Lieutenant Commander Lueth, a highly-decorated U-boat commander, returns home to Neustadt. Work at a tank-repair installation in the southern part of the Eastern Front. In Tirane, members of the "first government of free Albania" are chosen. German bombers and soldiers and a Cossack brigade assault partisans in Bosnia. In Italy, Kesselring reviews units that fought in Sardinia and Corsica, in Mussolini's headquarters, the fascist-republican government has its first cabinet meeting with Marshal Graziani in attendance. Graziani meets with Rommel, Rommel inspects defensive installations in Northern Italy, in Southern Italy, defenses are established and Allied tanks are destroyed by artillery. In the Dnieper basin, soldiers set up in an anti-tank ditch, a blown-up bridge, artillery fires on the opposite bank. In the area of Krivoy Rog, a Soviet advance is pushed back by tanks and close-support planes, Soviet dead are shown. Near Gomel, bombers attack soviet military and transport targets despite flak and smoke screen. 20 min. Newsreel 689 (17 November 1943), In a factory near Antwerp, dried vegetables are produced. Men whose wives and children have been relocated learn cooking at a course given by the German Women's League. National Socialist People's Welfare Organization wartime maternity clinics in scenic districts. Professor Frik, a radiology researcher, examines a patient. Albert Speer speaks to a conference of the German armaments industry, Ferdinand Porsche, Field Marshal Milch, and Brigadier General Galland are present. New ammunition is demonstrated to Speer. Goering visits the reserve and training section of the Hermann Goering tank division. Viennese greet highly-decorated fighter pilot Captain Nowotny. Officer training at Murwik Naval Military Academy, including types of ships, navigation, mechanics, physical education, and sailing. November 9th commemoration, On November 8th, Hitler joins old comrades in Loewenbraeu cellar and predicts victory, on November 9th, Keitel and District Party Director Giessler lay wreaths from Hitler and the Wehrmacht to honor Nazi martyrs. Defensive battle on the Eastern Front. North of Krivoi Rog, German and Soviet tanks clash, Soviet ground-attack planes attack tanks, German rockets fire, and German fighter planes attack Soviet bombers. 20 min.
(NOV/DEC, 1943): ca. 36 min. - Newsreel 690 (24 November 1943), Convalescent home for students injured in the war. French volunteer Legion recruits arrive at a German training camp. In Vienna, Reich competition of the Hitler Youth Communication Corps, Baldur von Schirach and Youth Leader Axmann are shown. In the Berlin Sports Palace, a day for the armed forces, including two Berlin ice-hockey teams. On the Atlantic coast of France, Japanese ambassador Oshima inspects the Atlantic Wall. On the Arctic Front, snowplows, sleds, and skis, building materials, soldiers take cod-liver oil. General Dietl inspects positions in the Lapland Front and decorates a private. In Krivoi Rog, destroyed Soviet tanks and weapons. On the Smolensk roadway, German mortars and Stuka and Soviet tanks. On the South Italian Front, tanks on mountain roads, flak repels enemy bombers, an Italian village, blowing up road and rail, infantry and paratroops in defensive battle. A newly-occupied island base in the Aegean area receives reinforcements and supplies. In the Mediterranean theater, the Gigant airplane is shown taking off, flying, landing, and being unloaded. Doenitz and Albert Speer view naval exercises during which speedboats attack submarines and a convoy, and Speer is aboard a U-boat during its maneuvers, Lieutenant Commander Suhren is present. 20 min. Newsreel 692 (8 December 1943), Goering visits a coal-mining community in Western Germany. Himmler inspects a volunteer division made up of Southeast European Muslims. Christmas preparations, flak soldiers reserve their Christmas ducks, Red Cross nurses prepare packages for the front, at the Atlantic Wall and at an air base, soldiers make toys for children. Berlin's response to Allied bombing, Air Defense command post, flak and downed bombers, Goebbels gives instructions to co-workers about post-bombing response, barges are used as mass kitchens, the Fuchs aid train, a food-distribution center, streets cleared and railway track repaired, workers going to their jobs, the city commandant, emergency concession stands, a theatrical show put on for people hurt by bombing, furniture rescued, mothers and children leave the city, children in the safety of a national Socialist People's Welfare Organization home away from Berlin, Goebbels gives decorations to people for their activities after bombing, mounting of the guard on Unter den Linden Boulevard. Defensive battles on the Eastern Front, at the Dnieper bend, tanks advance to counterattack, infantrymen march through mud to the front, a squad leader gets the Iron Cross, Stukas attack staging areas in the Nevel area, infantry, tanks, and heavy artillery take high ground, and Soviet prisoners are taken in the same combat zone. On Leros, destroyed British equipment, dead British troops, and British and Italian prisoners, on Samos, soldiers drink wine, Major General Mueller, leader of operations in the Dodecanese islands. 16 min.
(DECEMBER, 1943): ca. 40 min. - Newsreel 694 (22 December 1943), Transylvanian volunteers for the Waffen-SS leave home after being inspected by SS Lieutenant General Lorenz. Goering inspects an airplane factory. In the mountains a National Socialist People's Welfare Organization home for mothers and children from areas threatened by bombing. Christmas, children see gifts, Christmas tree is given to a railroad signalman, gifts for the wounded, women signal auxiliaries enjoy a Christmas meal, Santa Claus in Channel-coast bunker, celebration of a minesweeper, returning fliers greeted by Santa Claus. Rommel inspects defensive installations on Danish coast, General von Hanneken is shown. On the Easter Front, a JU-52 drops supplies and mail. In the central sector of the Eastern Front, artillery, infantry, and assault guns repulse a Soviet attack, destroyed Soviet tanks. On the Italian Front, flak in the Banco Valley repels US bombers, new positions are built, mail is delivered by donkey, paratroopers blow up a bridge. At a seaplane base, a reconnaissance plane return, and planes fly out to protect a convoy after being cleared of ice and snow. The convoy's weapons are cleared of snow, on-board guns hit an attacking enemy plane. 18 min. Public Service Announcement. This seriocomic vignette urges the audience never to reveal militarily-important information to anybody, a seemingly-innocent man in a railroad car asking for directions to a factory is exposed as a spy and arrested by a Gestapo agent. 6 min. Newsreel 695 (29 December 1943), Doctor von Sicken at work. Kraft durch Freude (Strength Through Joy) organization, Robert Ley at the tenth-anniversary celebration, a KDF-sponsored performance is presented to soldiers on the Eastern Front. A submarine net is laid to fight Soviet subs in the Gulf of Finland. In the Crimea, Rumanian troops supported by German weapons encircle and destroy a Soviet beachhead south of Kerch, Stukas, rockets, assault guns, and Rumanian infantry, captured Soviet weapons, General Thiodorini, Soviet prisoners. On the Eastern Front, the Gigant plane is loaded with men and equipment, flies to an advanced airfield, and is unloaded, men and equipment join a supply train rolling to the front. The German bridgehead at Nikopol, reinforcements arrive, artillery fires on the enemy staging area, flak fights Soviet ground-attack planes. In the central sector of the Eastern Front, German troops counterattack, Soviet corpses and burned-out soviet tanks, a Soviet village is occupied, a tank-regiment commander receives a decoration. Rockets firing somewhere on the Easter Front. 16 min.
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