The Russian army advance on the German-occupied area surrounding the River Don.
Titles read: "ON THE DON".
General view of the River Don. Several shots of Soviet tanks moving across the narrow bridge of the river, along the trans-Iranian railway and over dusty roads. Russian infantry and horse artillery travel along a road.
Various shots of the artillery in action, some heavy, at the start of the battle for Stalingrad. Tanks advance and open fire on the plains. C/U of a Russian officer in an encampment, giving orders by telephone. Infantry and light artillery advance. A Russian sniper in action kills two German soldiers. Brief shots of German prisoners marching along a road.
At dusk the German retreat villages are left ablaze as the Russians move through.