This German Propaganda newsreel is thought to be from early August in 1944. At this period in time, the Allies are still being held off in Normandy in the West and in the East the Warsaw Uprising is happening – as shown in this newsreel.
Watch the Germans set a trap for the Allied Fighter bombers, or as they call them ‘JaBos’ which is short for Jager bomber or hunter bomber, whilst also watching out for them appearing in the sky. Their trap consists of anti-aircraft guns, which are cleverly camouflaged in nearby trees. You’ll also notice them towing a vehicle down a street with rope – is this going to be part of their trap?
You’ll then see a Sherman tank, presumably one that has been captured, driven towards the camera and then some stunning footage of tanks in action – we presume this footage shows Operation Good Wood. This operation was a 3-day British offensive that was part of the battle for Caen, watch as the Germans use anti-tank guns to fire at the British across wheat fields close to Caen.
The footage then changes to show the heat of battle on the Eastern front, this is where the fighting for Warsaw is concentrated. The Polish army is taking massive losses, with the Germans using all types of weaponry; including light anti-aircraft guns.
The Warsaw Uprising was a major operation in World War 2, one where the Polish army aimed to free Warsaw from Nazi Germany. This operation lasted 63 days and cost between 150-200,000 Polish civilian lives, not to mention the loss of military lives.
This newsreel is completely genuine footage from WW2 and shown as German Propaganda; therefore the narrative is in German and mainly comprises of Nazi propaganda, which we obviously do not agree with.