• Short Summary

    Footage of German invasion of Russia in June 1941.

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    Unused / unissued material - dates and locations unclear or unknown.

    German Invasion of Russia - June 1941.

    Cataloguer's note: Identical to item 'German Invasion of Russia' - UN 287 B on Pathe Master Tape *PM1669*.

    Russia, Soviet Union (USSR).

    VS of German Messerschmidt ME110s being bombed up and taking off. Var camera gun shots of German fighters strafing Russian airfields and dog fight shots. Planes fall blazing into field.

    Various good shots of German advance over flat farm lands. Some use motorcycle and sidecars. Flowers are handed to the troops by peasant women at roadside.

    Var shots of smashed and wrecked Russian fighting equipment.VS Germans crossing the River Beresina. Tracking shots through crowd lined streets with German column.

    Var. good shots of dive bombers taking off and air to air and ground to air of Stukas in action dive bombing.

    VS German artillery shelling town and infantry advancing under the cover. MS Man held flame thrower in action on bunker.

    MS German cavalry unit receive flowers from peasant women as they ride through captured town. VS German infantry marching in column along road. Some pass smashed Russian equipment.

    VS Artillery guns in action. LS as shell hits farmhouse which blows up with a terrific explosion. Var shots of German infantry mopping up snipers in town. They use a loudspeaker to call for surrender. MS Pan with three German tanks carrying German infantry as they drive forward.

    (Print in UN 277 B)

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    hd format:
    4K at Filmfinity, 2K at Filmfinity
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:36:04:00 / 01:44:53:00
    UN 277 A now B

Comments (1)

  1. acthys says

    It is indeed the German invasion of Russia but to be more accurate the invasion of the Baltic States by the Germans. It starts with Lithuania (occupied by the Russians since 1939 after the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the German–Soviet Nonaggression Pact and its Secret Additional Protocol). The Germans were welcomed as liberators from the quite repressive Soviet regime. The church one can see at minute 2:34 is the Cathedral Basilica Of St. Stanislaus And St. Vladislav With The Bell Tower in Vilnius (Lithuania). Germans are not crossing the River Beresina (as mentioned in the text) but the river Daugava in the region of Riga in Latvia, another Baltic State occupied by the Sovjets in 1939 and then by the Germans in June 1941. The crowd at minute 3:50 are Latvians waving Lethonic flags. The movie end with the "liberation" of the third Baltic state, Estonia. At minute 8:42 one can distinguish the St. Nicholas Church in Tallinn coming out of the smoke.

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