A film about the events of the Second World War in the period 1941-1942. The film was shot with the participation of firms from West Berlin, Japan, Austria Newsreel. Germany. Reich Chancellery building. I. Goebbels at the microphone read out Hitler's address. The German attack on the USSR (June 1941). German planes are bombing Russian cities, camouflaged tanks are driving, houses are burning, civilians are wounded, killed, and soldiers. Soviet soldiers in the trenches, at the machine gun. Columns of prisoners of war. Broken military equipment. Photo by R. Sorge. Text of the telegram from Ambassador I.M. Maisky. JV Stalin's speech on the radio (voice-over is heard). Types of Moscow in 1941. Mobilized people are walking through the city. Mayakovskaya metro station. People sleep on the floor. Troops parade on Red Square on November 7, 1941. The first Heroes of the Soviet Union V. Grigoriev, pilots Bondarenko, Sandalov in the rest house. Photos of D. Pavlov, his personal file. Ukraine. The city of Kiev in May 1941. Parade of Soviet troops. On the podium NS Khrushchev, MS Grechukha, AI Kirichenko, General Kirponos. A. Hitler on the plane, with the German commander of the Eastern Front, on the territory of the Brest Fortress. German soldiers welcomed A. Hitler. G. Himmler in Minsk, on the territory of a concentration camp. Actions of German troops in North Africa, in the area of the American military base Pearl Harbor. German General Rommel on the battlefield. Rommel and the Goebbels family. Children of Goebbels ride downhill, at home. Representatives of the allied forces examining the bodies of the Goebbels family (1945). The city of Leningrad during the blockade. German troops on the outskirts of Stalingrad. Houses are burning on the banks of the Volga River. The film speaks (synchronously and behind the scenes) D. Volkogonov, D. Likhachev, V. Kulish, E. Bossak, war veterans.