Professor Archibald Cary Coolidge of Harvard University, special assistant to the Department of State, assigned to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace. He is seen in this sequence, with members of his staff, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, from where they assessed postwar political conditions in Austria-Hungary and neighborhood countries, and made recommendations for the U.S. participants at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. The sequence begins with staff members walking from an imposing government building, to pose as a group. It is January, and snow is on the ground. Professor Coolidge, holds gloves in his left hand and warms his right hand inside his coat in Napoleonic manner, as he chats with others. Staff members are predominantly military officers and include both U.S. Army and Navy personnel.
Wrecked houses and buildings at a mountainside along a lake or sea in the Austria-Hungary empire soon after end of World War I. Close views of rubble of homes. Civilian men walk on the street with their luggage and belongings on horse-carts.
Germany's military resurgence from the end of World War I through its reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936 and union with Austria in 1938. German war materiel piled up in scrap yards and aircraft engines being destroyed in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles after World War 1. Smoke stacks of war plants being toppled, aircraft hangars being destroyed, and warships being scuttled. German postwar armored cars for training. A soldier flexes the rubber gun barrel on one of them. French forces, including Colonials, occupying Coblenz (Koblenz) in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, after World War I. French soldiers on guard at the railroad station as a train pulls in. French colonial troops tending to their horses. A British soldier standing guard in front of a building displaying a placard with the Union Jack and word:"General Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, No.1 Building." French troops stationed in front of their headquarters and patrolling fences across railroad tracks at their occupational boundary. A large film slate announcing that the Rheinland is again free, followed by scenes of German troops re-occupying the Rhineland in 1936. Local citizens cheer the troops, who parade through a city and along the banks of the Rhein River. German sentries posted at The "Deutsche Eck" in Koblenz beside the monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Sign demarking boundary of Austria. Border guards opening the gates and German troops entering as crowds cheer. Adolf Hitler speaking before a huge crowd,immediately following the Anschluss (union of Germany with Austria) on 12 March 1938.
Coronation procession of Emperor Karl I (Charles I) of Austria, who, as Emperor of Austria-Hungary, is now also being crowned KarlV (CharlesIV ) of Hungary. The procession arrives at Mathias Cathedral, on Trinity Square, Budapest, Hungary. Guests arrive to attend the ceremony. Through the dense crowd, Emperor Karl walks behind the Crucifer toward the Cathedral entrance, followed by Cardinal Prince Primate of Hungary, Dr. Czernock and a Bishop and nobles. After the coronation, a great celebratory parade ensues. The Emperor rides on horseback wearing the Crown and cloak of St. Stephen, and rides up a ramp to a landing where he can be seen by all in attendance. .
Celebration of the marriage of Archduke Charles of Austria-Hungary, heir to the imperial Austrian throne, to Princess Zita of Bourbon Parma on 21 October 1911 at Schwarzau Palace, Austria. In attendance is Charles's 81 year old great uncle, Emperor Franz Josef of Austria-Hungary.
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.