Opening scene shows a man being roughed up by a group of men in an alleyway. A slate comments (in French) that when nations are bellicose, an assassination can cause a world war. Next, a slate shows picture of the world and states (in English) "One murder may start a world war." Another slate (in French) states that In 1914, while Europe's armies and fleets were more powerful than they had ever been, the nephew of the Emperor of Austria (Archduke Ferdinand) was assassinated. A front page is shown of newspaper, "Journal De Geneve" carrying the story. Next scene is a view of the city of Sarajevo. The ancient Emperor's Mosque dominates the scene. A slate appears asking Where is Sarajevo? It is followed by a map of Europe in 1914, which zooms in on Austria and Serbia and identifies and labels Sarajevo,in Austria, close to the Serbian border. Slates (in French) says Austria accused Serbia of War and other nations enter the melee. Animated World map shows the nations getting involved, starting with the German Empire in 1914, including its African colonies, and then successively showing Russia, France, Belgium,Great Britain, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. Map advances to 1915, showing the Italian empire, Bulgaria,and Central Arabia. In 1916 it adds Portugal, Roumania. Next, the U.S.A. is added in, 1917, along with Central and South America, Greece, Siam, and China. Finally, the slate shows the war ending in 1918. Slate shows Armistice Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month (November), with time shown on hands of Big Ben in London.
A fleet of warships seen off the coast of Austria-Hungary during World War I. Italian Navy flag waves on an Italian naval ship. Destroyer warships conceal troop ships behind smoke screens to prevent attack by German submarines. Italian sailors release depth charges targeting German submarines along the Austria-Hungary coast (or Austro-Hungarian coast). Underwater explosion boils to surface. Italian navy sailors aboard warships fire on coastal cities and villages of Austrian empire. View of many large naval guns in action, and bombing and destruction of Austro-Hungarian coastal buildings. Close up view of a French naval warship during rendezvous with British warships heading for the Dardanelles (also called Hellespont) for the Gallipoli Campaign or Dardanelles Campaign. Torpedo boat destroyers with the fleet sight a German submarine and begin firing deck guns and dropping depth charges. View of K Gun depth charge projectors shooting depth charge from French destroyer into ocean at a target U boat. British and French forces shelling Turkish defenses in the Dardanelles along the Gallipoli peninsula . Close-up views of French crews preparing guns, loading shells into naval guns, firing, and quickly reloading to repeat while the British forces are attempting to land troops for battle.
Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I in Austria during World War I. The Emperor and his entourage comes down the steps of a palace. Austrian officials and men on horseback parade along a street. The Emperor and the royal family in a garden. Officials and family members pose for pictures in the garden.
Scenes of the Austrian Port, Cattaro, on the Adriatic Sea, in World War 1. Rivers and mountains in the area. Houses on the field. Road amidst the mountain and the valley. Mount Lovcen in Montenegro seen in background.
Celebrations on London's streets following Italy's decision to join the Triple Entente– Britain, France and Russia -- and declare war on Austria-Hungary, during World War I. Crowd on street gathers for demonstration, vehicles also on road. Crowd stand in front of building with flags. Kingdom of Italy flag flies.
Scenes from Nuremberg Trials, including footage of prior events being discussed in the trials. Nazi officer reads an announcement to Hilter and Nazi leadership confirming the March 7, 1936 occupation and remilitarization of the Rhineland by the German Army, and the loyalty of the German Army. German Army rally and parade is held in Nuremberg. Soldiers march and goosestep, along with Nazi leadership such as Hermann Goering, while Hitler speaks assuring peaceful intentions by Germany. German officials Goering, Rader, and von Neurath arrive at special meeting with Hitler and Generals von Blomberg and von Fritsch in November 1937 to plan conquer of Czechoslovakia and Austria. Tall meeting chamber doors under armed guard. Scenes from February 1938 Berchtesgaden meeting arranged by von Papen with Austrian Chancellor Schuschnigg, Hitler, Keitel, and von Ribbentrop walking on grounds. Car approaches Berghof. Guido Schmidt, former foreign minister of Austria seen at the meeting, and then seen on stand testifying at Nuremberg trials concerning Hitler's decision to annex Austria. Scenes of German troops marching and a night-time rally parade in Austria. View of Schuschnigg on March 9, 1938 at podium during meeting announcing a plebiscite vote on Austrian independence. Views of German newspaper headlines denouncing the plebiscite and demanding Schuschnigg's resignation. Crowd surrounds new Chancellor Arthur von Seyss-Inquart with Nazi salutes following Schuschnigg's resignation. Next is scenes of March 12, 1938 German Anschluss annexation of Austria. Initial German forces seen meeting some resistance by Austrian citizens. Germany army rolling into Austria and dismantling border gates. Hitler memo announces intent to annex Czechoslovakia. Operation Green leader Konrad Henlein seen walking in parade with officials. Scenes of Munich Pact signing ceremony. Czech President Hacha walks with Nazi leaders and enters car for meeting to hear German ultimatum. Map shows lands grabbed by German