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Experience the American Journey through our country's visual heritage in this historical recording provided by the National Archives of the United States.
Part of the United News collection, a World War II news series created to boost support at home and abroad.
GERMANY IS BEATEN, 1945. Reviews events in the rise and fall of Germany, 1939-1945. 1. Shows Germans in Denmark, Belgium, Luxemburg, Holland, and France. French citizens leave their cities and children are evacuated from London and Paris. Rubble is cleared and factories continue to produce in Britain after English planes down German bombers. 2. Shows Russian defense and offense against Germany. U.S. troops fight in the Pacific and in Europe, bombing and strafing the enemy. Shows the Yalta Conference, celebrations by liberated countries, and the effect of war on German civilians and prisoners. Includes scenes of London, Moscow, Washington, D.C. Personages: Roosevelt, Churchill, Stalin, Eisenhower, and Hitler.
FREE VOTE FOR FRANCE [ETC.], 1945. 1. France holds its first free municipal elections since liberation. 2. Occupation forces in Heidelberg print a newspaper and distribute it to eager citizens. 3. A French ship is loaded with grain and potatoes in Canada. Airplanes drop food to the Dutch in a UN operation. 4. German surrenders are received by Gen. Montgomery from Adm. Friedeburg and by Gen. Walter 2. Smith from Gen. Jodl. Gen. Eisenhower speaks.
VICTORY ROUND-UP, 1945. Gens. Zhukov, Spaatz, and Tedder receive Gen. Keitel's surrender at Berlin. Shows Munich scenes. German Gens. Goring, Kesselring, and von Runstedt are captured. Gen. E.H. Brooks receives Germany's surrender in Austria. Adm. Doenitz is captured. British sailors board German U-boats at Antwerp. Citizens of Brussels and Paris celebrate in the streets Gen. de Gaulle visits the Arc de Triomphe. Gen. Montgomery receives the German surrender at Lundberg. The British fleet enters Copenhagen harbor. Gen. Montgomery and King Christian X ride through the streets of Copenhagen.
NORWAY FREED [ETC.], 1945. 1. Norwegian and British officials receive the German surrender at Oslo. 2. Shows destruction to French and German ports caused by allied air attacks. French soldiers return home and citizens rejoice. Shows German prisoners. 3. Pipe lines are manufactured and laid in the English Channel and through France to Ghent, Belgium. Shows pumping stations in England.
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