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The Nazis Strike

The Nazis Strike(1943)

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This second Army orientation film in the series focuses on Adolf Hitler's early political and military achievements. After first describing Germany's inborn "love of conquest," manifested by such leaders as Otto von Bismarck and Kaiser Wilhelm II, the film discusses Hitler's specific scheme for "reshaping the world" through the spread of National Socialism. Recalling the twelfth century invasions of Genghis Khan, the film defines Hitler's strategy in terms of geopolitics. Hitler's ultimate target, according to the film, is the "World Island," that is, all of Europe, Asia and Africa. In order to conquer the "World Island," the "Heartland," or Eastern Europe, must first be taken. Hitler's long-term "softening up" practices, which include instilling pro-German sentiments in German-Americans and other immigrants around the world, are discussed. His disregard for peace treaties, including the Versailles Treaty, which greatly restricted Germany's rearmament potential after World War I, and his incursion into the demilitarized zone of the Rhineland are described. Also shown are Hitler's March 1938 march into Austria, and the take-over of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland, an event precipitated by the September 1938 "Peace in Our Time" treaty, which was signed by Lord Neville Chamberlain of Great Britain and Eugene Déladier of France. Attacks on poorly equipped Poland, Hitler's next target, are described in terms of overall strategy and in specific battles, including the September 1939 capture of Warsaw. After a brief, general discussion of Hitler's policy toward prisoners-of-war and his treatment of peoples not of the "master race," the film concludes with the Soviet Union's blockade of eastern Poland, which halted Hitler's advance, and the taking up of arms in France and Great Britain.