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Background to German invasion of W. Europe

Film | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.119.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1125 | Film ID: 934

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    Background to German invasion of W. Europe


    Reel 1: German troops swear loyalty to Hitler. Shows panormaic views of the countryside, mountains, people harvesting crops, German cities, a cathedral, steel mills and coal mines. Shot of German colonial post and troop reviewing there. German troops advancing in WWI, and Generals Hindenburg and Ludendorff. Maps show powers arrayed against and allied with Germany in WWI, the extent of German advances and the effect of the Versailles Treaty on Germany's borders. Forts are demolished, cannon and hangars destroyed, ships scuttled and planes junked. German communists arouse crowds. Shows communist literature, examples of currency inflation and people running. Hitler reviews storm troops. Von Hindenburg reviews German troops. German troops train with wooden tanks. Leon Blum and others review a French military parade in Paris. Von Hindenburg appoints Hitler Reich Chancellor. Hitler spades some earth. Men build factories. War material production begins. Concrete is laid for an autobahn.
    Production:  1941
    Paris, France
    Accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of National Archives & Records Administration
    Writer: Svend Nolan
    Producer: Fritz Hippler
    Music: Herbert Windt
    Director: Svend Nolan

    Physical Details

    B&W / Color
    Black & White
    Image Quality
    Time Code
    07:06:06:00 to 07:13:56:00
    Film Format
    • Master
    • Master 934 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 934 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 934 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Master 934 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
    • Preservation
    • Preservation 934 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 934 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 934 Video: Betacam SP - NTSC - large
      Preservation 934 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
    This film contains German newsreel footage, the rights to which are held by the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesarchiv Filmarchiv). Researchers should exercise caution when using newsreel clips from this film, and contact the Bundesarchiv at to find out how to use this footage. The online request form is available 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 1994.
    Produced in Germany
    Acquired by US Army Signal Corps

    The ProRes 422 file (made in 2015) must have been copied from a different source or film version of Sieg im Westen than the one that USHMM purchased from NARA on videotape in 1994 and later digitized in 2013 (the one that streams in the online Collections Search catalog). The DV50 file is more complete.
    Copied From
    35mm; b/w; composite
    Film Source
    United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Motion Picture Reference
    File Number
    Legacy Database File: 1539
    Source Archive Number: 111 M 527.6 R-1
    Record last modified:
    2024-02-21 08:07:42
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