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United News, Release 1051-1054 (1945) WWII: GERMANY IS BEATEN

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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.

This historical recording from the National Archives may contain variations in audio and video quality based on the limitations of the original source material.

The content summary for this DVD is adapted from an historical description provided by the government agency or donor at the time of production release.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: National Archives and Records Administration
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000TZ057Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Slade Logan on September 16, 2007
This DVD has some great footage on it from World War II. This is a collection of United News newsreels that would have appeared before a movie at the theater. Could you imagine going to watch Iron Man at the theater (summer of 2008!!!) and seeing news instead of a preview for the next Will Ferrell film!!!

The first section was great with the movement of Germany through Europe. There are real images of tanks, planes and battleships. With lines like 'There is no place in a civilized world for Germany' though you know it is the American perspective of the war.
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