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The Historic 1947 Color Film Graphically Documenting In Motion Pictures The Utter Devastation Of Germany Even Two Years After The End Of World War II, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Color, 1947, 47 Minutes [Silent].)
These striking images, filmed almost entirely in color, of destroyed German cities and factories were taken by Mr. George T. Fonda, Assistant to the President, Weirton Steel Co., during an investigation of German industrial production two years after the devastation of World War II. The objective was to report on German industrial production and manpower problems and to determine the factors deterring maximum production. The result was an historic documentation of the awesome destructive force of air power.
As quoted from the titles cards:
"Some shots of people in the street; but even urban areas seem bereft of people; By Army Plane from London to Berlin (note destruction in Berlin) aerials; Tempelhof Airport, Berlin; wealthy German residence; Goebbels residence in Berlin (damaged); American military headquarters (formerly Luftwaffe HQ); African-American soldier guarding headquarters salutes; General Lucius Clay and staff review troops; Ambassador Murphy; Frank Fritts, economic adviser to General Clay; colored map showing partioning of Germany; bombed out buildings; devastation; Germans scrounging in ruins; Schillstrasse; the Reichstag; 1870 Victory Column; the Tiergarten; Russian monument to 1945 victory; Hitler's chancellery and office; the bunker where Hitler died; Goebbels propaganda radio tower; small shops emerging from the ruins; Olympic stadium; by rail to Essen; ruins in Hamm and Dortmund; the Krupp works in Essen; Oberhausen; Huttenwerk; Duisberg; Huckingen; Gelsenkirchen; Zollverein Colliery (largest coal mine in Ruhr); production charts; British Administrative Headquarters; Cologne (80% destroyed); terrific footage of the Rhine from a boat, farmland on hillsides, includes castles, and other architecturally distinctive buildings; Weisbaden; Giesseheim, Chicago Pneumatic Tool Co. plant; Bierbrich; Dyckerhoff Portland Cement Co.; Russelsheim; Opel Autoworks; automobile factory; Heidenheim; J.M. Voith Co.; Voehringen; Wieland Werke - aluminum; Munich; man with amputated leg walking with crutches; small private enterprise emerging; a woman asking Mr. Murray where she might get materials to make dolls; Exposition Building in Munich; Beer garden in Munich where Hitler started out; food ration lines: Bavaria; animal drawn farm carts; German Tiger tank destroyed on Bavaria farm; American military headquarters in Munich; American flag waving in the wind."
The World War II Strategic Bombing Of Germany: World War II (1939-1945) involved sustained strategic bombing of railways, harbours, cities, workers' and civilian housing, and industrial districts in enemy territory. Strategic bombing as a military strategy is distinct both from close air support of ground forces and from tactical air power. During World War II, many military strategists of air power believed that air forces could win major victories by attacking industrial and political infrastructure, rather than purely military targets. Strategic bombing often involved bombing areas inhabited by civilians, and some campaigns were deliberately designed to target civilian populations in order to terrorize them and disrupt their usual activities. International law at the outset of World War II did not specifically forbid the aerial bombardment of cities - despite the prior occurrence of such bombing during World War I (1914-1918), the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), and the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945).