WWII - 1941, Germany: German Newsreel: Germans in Smolensk, Russia
Map of Western Russia. LS bomb-damaged Smolensk, trucks passing in FG. Tracking shot past gutted buildings. Soldiers looking at notice board w/ sign: Feierstunde des Frontsoldaten Smolensk 14.8.41; watched by woman w/ baby. Town square. Bomb-damaged cathedral “destroyed by pagan Russians”. Display in Russian w/ portraits of Lenin. Soviet prisoners forced to clean out churches - removing hay stored inside; more ornate churches visible in BG - served as a platform for paratroopers. Nazi officers greet local people who smile & wave - “finally liberated from Bolshevistic tyranny”. Nazi soldier getting married bride absent w/ two comrades as best men - officer conducts ceremony from small outdoor platform - soldier congratulated & given choice of gifts - comrades gather round, one w/ puppy. Troops march laden down w/ equipment.
WW2; Eastern Front; USSR; Operation Barbarossa; WW2;
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