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On the invasion of Poland

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 2001.358.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3070 | Film ID: 2402

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    On the invasion of Poland


    On the invasion of Poland: various (successful) military campaigns by Nazis, on land, sea, and air. The Schleswig-Holstein bombards Danzig. Huge German naval warship firing cannons at port. Smoke, war. The garrison surrenders. White flag, slow pan along banks of canal. Cigarettes are distributed to POWs by German soldiers. Nazis and horse-drawn artillery advancing along hay-covered country road. Artillery is fired; skirmish lines move up; bicycle troops move along a road. Captured Polish soldiers are marched to the rear, fed at a German Army field kitchen. In village, refugees (women and children) line up for food/soup. LS, Nazi troops march through exuberant Polish crowd in Kosice. Waving, shouting. French pilots are buried with military honors; funeral, coffins lowered into ground. Nazis salute. The Mayor of Gydnia surrenders the city. Nazis march along city street. "Saar" on tanks. SS and a group of locals watch with serious expressions. Nazi naval fleet in Danzig waters, "clearing mines." German pilots practice strafing. A devastated airport at Bromberg. Polish POWs, in endless columns and barefoot, march along country road, arriving at camps, entering brick buildings. Troops enter Krakow. LS from air. Nazis march in formation in town (scratchy). A German honor guard presents arms at Marshal Pilsudski's grave. Bridges, bicycles on horseback, rough ready. LS, prison camp, where a British officer reports good treatment by his captors.
    Film Title
    Ufa Newsreel Nr. 1
    Event:  1939 September
    Production:  1939
    Danzig, Germany
    Gdynia, Poland
    Bydgoszcz, Poland
    Saarbruecken, Germany
    Krakow, Poland
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv

    Physical Details

    English German
    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    13:00:55:00 to 13:12:54:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 2402 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 2402 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 2402 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 2402 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 2402 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2402 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2402 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 2402 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    You do not require further permission from the Museum to access this archival media.
    Federal Republic of Germany. Bundesarchiv.
    Conditions on Use
    Researchers who wish to use this footage should contact the Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv at to sign a release, or submit the online request form at:

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    Administrative Notes

    Film Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum purchased this from the National Archives and Records Administration in September 2001.
    Produced in Germany. Seized enemy records.
    See Story 4710, Film ID 2864 for duplicate footage.
    Copied From
    DBVT; b/w
    Film Source
    United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Motion Picture Reference
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 188
    Source Archive Number: 242 UFA 1
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 07:54:27
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