HOME FRONT GERMANS TAKE IT EASY In the summer of 1940, Germans dance in a park or outdoor cafe. The war is far away. Relaxed men and women sit around a table with a few beer bottles, smiling for the camera. In one shot they sway to the music. A violin and accordion play. PLEASE NOTE: NARRATION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL LICENSING.
BOMBS FALL ON BERLIN Various quick shots show Berlin feeling the effects of bombing. Air raid sirens, including one near the Brandburg Gate. Berliners run. Bombs fall, in one shot, through a bombay door. Explosions on the ground. The facade of a burning building collapses. PLEASE NOTE: NARRATION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL LICENSING.
BOMBING BERLIN AT NIGHT German war footage shows Allied bombers in the night. A searchlight briefly illuminates a bomber overhead. Other searchlights criss cross the sky. The dim silhouette of a plane flies through smoke. Other shots show backlit women, standing at a chart, tracking Allied bombers. A shadow of a woman appears on a map. PLEASE NOTE: NARRATION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL LICENSING.
BERLIN ON FIRE AFTER BOMBING Raging nighttime fires light up the windows of burning apartment buildings in Berlin. In one shot, silhouetted onlookers watch a blazing structure. Dramatic shots of rubble, ruins, flames. PLEASE NOTE: NARRATION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL LICENSING.
GERMANS CHEER FALL OF FRANCE Hitler and Goering stand on a balcony watching cheering and waving Berliners celebrate after Hitler returns in triumph from France. WS shows building with balcony and flag-waving crowd in the street. Also, fireworks light the sky over the Brandenburg Gate during the victory parade. PLEASE NOTE: NARRATION REQUIRES ADDITIONAL LICENSING.
GERMANS RETURN FROM WW I After the Armistice, German soldiers return from the front. A line of troops marches through an open field. CU of a soldier helping a wounded buddy walk. Horse drawn wagons move through a field, over a bridge and down an urban avenue. Citizens wave, soldiers on horseback salute. A man in uniform holds a little girl and gives her kisses. She looks like she wants to be somewhere else.
GERMANS REVOLT, 1918 Berliners take to the streets and end the Kaiser's reign. A series of shots shows speakers exhorting crowds. More shots of angry, protesting citizens. CU of a box of guns and rifles, hands reaching in to grab them. Dramatic footage of men with weapons running down nighttime streets wet with rain.
KAISER WILHELM AND HINDENBURG In October, 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm walks with General von Hindenburg towards his waiting car. They pause for a moment beside an open door, von Hindenburg enters and is driven off.
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