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Invasion of the USSR

Film | Accession Number: 2003.458 | RG Number: RG-60.3912 | Film ID: 2691

German soldiers on horseback and in vehicles on a dusty road, moving east, on the march toward Schaulen (Siauliai). The camera focuses on one soldier who has his foot soaking in a bucket, riding on a horse-drawn cart. The music is upbeat and slightly comical. Three soldiers carry radio or telephone equipment between them as they walk. The music changes as the soldiers engage the enemy with automatic weapons and rifles. A few Soviet soldiers, with their hands in the air, surrender to the Germans. More fighting, surrender, burning vehicles. Close-ups of POWs, including one woman, described by the narrator as a "Flintenweib," or female partisan. Many of the POWs are Asian. More POWs marching; as a result of the "double battle" of Bialystok and Minsk, says the narrator, almost 350,000 POWs were captured. He goes on to list numbers of tanks airplanes, and other weapons destroyed or damaged, as we see destroyed vehicles on the road. Close-ups of one of the largest Soviet tanks, also destroyed. Destroyed planes on an airfield.

Event:  1941 July
Production:  1941 July 16
Bialystok, Poland
Minsk, Soviet Union
Siauliai region, Lithuania
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of George R. Wheeler
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:59:39
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