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Newsreel footage documents world history and politics from Russia in 1914 to the German invasion in 1941. The Russian Revolution led to the ascent of power by Vladimir Lenin, who promised a... See full summary
Newsreel footage documents world history and politics from Russia in 1914 to the German invasion in 1941. The Russian Revolution led to the ascent of power by Vladimir Lenin, who promised a Communist utopia. Instead, the Russians were given massive upheavals in society and economy and in 1922, 114 revolutionaries were put on trial for crimes against the Soviet government. Lenin's death in January, 1924, led to a funeral attended by thousands and the takeover by Joseph Stalin. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established diplomatic relations with the Soviets. German footage and newsreels chronicle the German invasion of Russia, from the Battle of Leningrad to the destruction of Kharkov to the Battle of Rostov on 22 November 1941. Further footage reveals the disaster of Lidice in occupied Czechoslovakia and the siege of Sevastopol in the Crimea. When the Russians finally drive the Germans out of Rostov, Iran becomes a focal point. With the assistance of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the ...

The film's narration notes that all battle scene footage was taken by German Army units for use as propaganda and was later captured by the Allies.


Credited cast:
V.I. Lenin V.I. Lenin - Himself (archive footage) (as Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
Maxim Litvinov Maxim Litvinov - Himself (as Maxim Litvanoff)
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi - Himself
Quentin Reynolds Quentin Reynolds - Narrator
Franklin D. Roosevelt Franklin D. Roosevelt - Himself (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
T.V. Soong T.V. Soong - Himself
Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin - Himself
Edward R. Stettinius Jr. Edward R. Stettinius Jr. - Himself
Semyon Timoshenko Semyon Timoshenko - Himself
Henry Wallace Henry Wallace - Himself
E.F.L. Wood E.F.L. Wood - Himself (as Lord Halifax)
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