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German siege of Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 1939

Film | Accession Number: 2003.214 | RG Number: RG-60.3975 | Film ID: 3003

The site of a downed plane-wreckage is visible on the hillside, where one Polish soldier is showing the journalist something that came from this plane, another Polish soldier is climbing down the hill to join them. 01:01:53:14 CU: journalist and Polish soldier, soldier demonstrates how one of the guns on the plane would have worked. More CUs of this wreckage, and cleanup, the camera pans from the site of the downed plane to the surrounding buildings that look almost brand new (this location may be one of the outlying suburbs of Warsaw that Julien Bryan refers to in his book "Siege"). The men hold up the parachute from the plane that has been torn to shreds. Camera pans up to reveal buildings completely intact around this crash site, the men point up toward the sky to demonstrate the direction of the air attack. More wreckage and large artillery casings at 01:03:02:07. Several CUs of destroyed pieces of equipment being inspected by the group of men, a CU of a piece of cloth from the parachute seen earlier in this sequence at 01:03:07:28: revealing some marking and possibly a date of manufacture- difficult to make this out very well on screen. 01:03:17:07: Several residents of the neighborhood come out to look at the wreckage: men, women and children survey the scene now along with the soldiers. VS, at various angles. The residents then go back to their homes.

Event:  1939 September
Production:  1940
Warsaw, Poland
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2023-11-07 12:19:57
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