The film was shot with the participation of firms from West Berlin, Japan, Austria. Feature-publicistic film about the beginning of the Second World War. Newsreel 1939-1940s. Types of Warsaw. G. Goering in Poland on the hunt. Germany's attack on Poland. A. Hitler and G. Goering in Germany. Residents of Berlin welcomed A. Hitler. Moscow city. Kremlin. Meeting of the 4-7th sessions of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR (1939-1940). Speeches (synchronously) VM Molotov, delegates. The sessions are attended by: I. Stalin, M. I. Kalinin, L. M. Kaganovich, A. I. Mikoyan, A. A. Zhdanov and others. September 1939. Soviet tanks on the streets of Western Ukraine. Residents of cities welcomed the tankers. Belarus. Environs of Katyn. Members of the commission in front of the corpses of the executed Poles, among them the writer A. Tolstoy, Metropolitan Nikolai. Prisoners of Soviet correctional camps on the platform of the station, entering the camp gates, digging the ground on the construction of the Moscow-Volga canal. October 1939. The German delegation at the Soviet airfield. I. Ribbentrop and VM Molotov sign the Treaty of Friendship and Border Between the USSR and Germany. Border posts on the Soviet-Polish border. Soviet-Finnish border in 1939. Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-1940. Latvia 1940. The Soviet cavalry enters the city of Riga. A. Ya. Vyshinsky speaking. Residents of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania at polling stations. Text of the TASS message about the annexation of Bessarabia and Northern Bukovina to Moldova. Romanian troops leave Bessarabia. British warships at sea. W. Churchill in the port. King George of England during the review of the troops, among the French generals. Queen Victoria among the residents of London. France. City of Paris. Residents of the city are preparing for defense. German troops enter Paris. German commandant's office in Oslo. German troops on the streets of Belgrade, Athens. Types of streets in the cities of Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen during the Second World War and at the end of the 20th century. Japanese Foreign Minister Matsuoka signs a neutrality pact. Present I. V. Stalin, V. M. Molotov. 1945 year. Nuremberg Trials. Nazi criminals in the dock. The film says (synchronously) the historian Roy Medvedev, V. Jaruzelsky, W. Churchill, N. Pavlenko, J. Matsishevsky, E. Bossak and others.