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 film on 1918 celebrations of independence as the Hapsburg reign ends in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Czecho-Slovak troops look out from a railroad train window as they arrive in Prague. Troops stand holding their flag. The troops arrive from Austria. People cheer as troops march. People cover the statue of Joseph Radetzky von Radetz in front of the Radetzky Memorial. Cartoons and caricatures of Kaiser and Crown Prince. Pictures of the cabinet members of Czechoslovakia. Troops depart form Slovakia to hold the Hungarian border on horse carts and horses. Battisti, the brother of the executed Italian deputy in a car. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
In final days of World War 1, October, 1918,Italian troops are seen proceeding against Astro-Hungarian forces. The Italians advance and employ a large searchlight over the trenches at night. Shells burst above the battlefield. After Austria requested an armistice (signed on November 3rd) Austrian troops are seen surrendering in large numbers and assembling in open areas. Meanwhile, Italian troops enter the city of Trento.
Emperor Karl I (Emperor Charles I) of Austro-Hungarian empire reviews Austrian troops in Austria-Hungary during World War I. Soldiers stand in a line along the mountain side. Emperor Karl I discusses with them. A woman stands along with the soldiers.
Italian prisoners are marched in Tyrol Sector of Austria during World War I. Italian prisoners emerge from an Austrian dugout where they have just been questioned. Prisoners march along a field followed by Austrian soldiers. Column of prisoners march along dirt road.
Italian prisoners are marched in Tyrol Sector of Austria during World War I. Italian prisoners in a field. Column of prisoners along field. Prisoners run forward as an explosion occurs in the background.