WWII - 1941, Germany: Newsreel re German Fighting Near Finland; Lithuania; Latvia R1 Pt. 1
22Jun41 Map of Northern Europe (Scandinavia, England, France, Germany & USSR) - VO re German attack against Russia. Flashback to 1939 & images of burning houses, rubble etc. in Finland after Russian attack - planes over, civilians run for cover in Helsinki, burning buildings & firemen.
14:39:41 German troops passing border, towards Finnish-Russian - sign on bridge ‘Finnland - Suomi’. Convoy along gravel road. Troops stop at sign: Arctic Circle. People wave, troops on train & engine into station. Waffen-SS soldiers advance across battlefield w/ snow patches firing rifles, machine guns & rocket launcher. Map showing advance to Kovno Kaunas, then capital of Lithuania. Heavy guns fired. Tanks advance on farm road & across wheat field.
14:42:43 Captured Russian troops w/ arms raised - look frightened.
14:43:09 Lithuanians helping German army build bridge. Troop carriers advance thru barbed wire fence, guns set up & fired. Battle scenes before Kowno - burning villages in surrounding area. Star on pole.
14:44:52 Lithuanian population welcomes German troops. Equipment ferried across river Memel pushed by small boat w/ early outboard motor. German troops onto riverboats. Nurses give flowers to soldiers on arrival in Kovno. Nazi & Lithuanian flags on tower of church. Bombed bridge - pan to soldiers cycling along riverbank.
14:48:01 Map showing next destination, Dunaburg Daugavpils, Latvia. Troops on bicycles; street fighting in village, burning houses. Local man pointing way. Houses searched, captured woman with 2 men stripped to underwear - snipers. Group of USSR “Bolshevik” POWs.
14:48:42 Cavalry past, artillery advance continues, horse pulled convoy crosses stream. Cont’d...
WW2 Eastern Front; Operation Barbarossa.
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