A cortege of U.S. Army trucks, covered with American flags and laden with flag-covered coffins of American soldiers,who fell in combat on May 27th, 1918,proceeds through the streets of Baccarat, France, in World War 1. U.S. soldiers of the 42nd Infantry Division march as escorts, beside the trucks. Local citizens observe from the sides of the road. Scene shifts to Memorial Day (May 30, 1918), when U.S. Army Major General Charles T. Menoher and U.S. Army Colonel Douglas MacArthur,of the 42nd Infantry Division, are joined by French Generals Dupont and Penet, in decorating the graves of fallen American soldiers, during a ceremony at a rugged battlefield cemetery containing new graves marked by wooden crosses. A little French girl places a bouquet (reportedly made by Major General Menoher) upon the grave of an American soldier.She is accompanied by other French children who also place bouquets on the graves. An honor guard of American soldiers fires a salute. Scene shifts to a gathering of American soldiers at their base in Baccarat, where they surround a small outdoor stage, to watch a Miss Hart, of the YMCA theatrical Corps dance the Higland Fling. She is dressed in traditional costume of Scotland and accompanied by a violinist. A group of Army musicians, seated close to the stage, watch the performance along with the rest of the troops.
American Expeditionary Forces, 42nd Infantry Division (Rainbow Division) in France during World War 1. At Glonville, on May 8, 1918, Captain D. L. Smith talks over a field phone while directing artillery fire. Another soldier stands behind him. Captain D. L. Smith and Major Curtis G. Reddon converse over the field telephone. An officer smokes standing under a tree. Troops walk along a road in the background. On May 9, 1918, In Baccarat, France, U.S. Army Major General Charles T. Menoher, Brigadier General M. J. Lenihan, U.S. Army Colonel Douglas MacArthur and staff officers confer in a field.
Long line of 42nd Division U.S. Army infantry men passing through village during World War I. Truck pulling artillery piece rounds corner. Scene of open field. Artillery shells burst near edge of wooded area. Crew fires howitzer from behind natural camouflage near country road. Shells striking wooded area in distance. Loading and firing of howitzer by six man crew. Two soldiers, heavily camouflaged, crawl toward trench. Soldiers with rifles at the ready in slit. Crew firing machine gun. Mortar crew load and fire from ditch. Soldiers in field are issued clothing and allowance. During operations to occupy Baccarat, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France
Unidentified officer gets out of side car of motorcycle during World War I at 42nd Division Headquarters near Baccarat in Loraine sector of France. He poses for the photographer and then inspects soldiers. Close up view of an American "dough boy" soldier standing guard and then smiling. U.S. Army soldiers pitching horse shoes. Cars come and French and American officers get out of the cars. Possible training exercise or surrender of enemy as troops run on a battlefield in background while troops in foreground crawl, each carrying a white flag.
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Fighter Squadron in France during World War 1. Lt Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a 94th Squadron Nieuport 28c.1fighter #12, as a ground crewman turns a propeller and the engine starts. The squadron's "Hat in Ring" logo is painted on the fuselage. Jump to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of a SPAD S.XIIIc.1 fighter. April 1918: Lieutenant Edwin Green seated in the cockpit of a Nieuport 28c.1 which starts to taxi. Another Nieuport takes off and climbs. Forward to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit turns around and points towards the ground. A mock dogfight between two WW I bi-winged aircraft. American Army aviator Captain Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a USAAS Dayton-Wright DH-4 bomber looks back and waves. Aircraft is in flight. Aerial views of the ground showing a coastline below. The aircraft climbing over the clouds. Captain J.A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of an airborne aircraft. Captain Rickenbacker in his SPAD S.XIII fighter #1 in flight over the clouds. (Note: This is a segment of a longer film described in Eddie Rickenbacker's 1919 book, "Fighting the Flying Circus." It was filmed by Capt.Cooper of the U.S. Army Signal Corps from October 18th - 21st, 1918, and contained reenactments of air combat, some of it with a captured German Hanover C.III observation plane.) (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Aero Squadron in Toul, France during World War I. April 1918 - Commanding Officer 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron Major John W.F.M. Huffer and French-American pilot Major Raoul Lufbery talk with AEF weekly newspaper "Stars and Stripes" editor Major S. P Adams. Captain David M. Peterson stands beside a Nieuport 28c.1 fighter aircraft,with its "Hat in Ring" insignia on the side. 1Lt. Alan F. Winslow stands beside Lt Rickenbacker's Nieuport #12 and starts walking. Jump to November, 1918 - the remaining officers of the 94th Aero Squadron reunite, including Captain James A. Meissner (C.O.147th Aero), 1st Lt Joseph Eastman, Captains Eddie Rickenbacker (now C.O. 94th Aero) and Reed Chambers, and 1st Lt Thorne Taylor (all 94th) standing beside Rickenbacker's SPAD S.XIII #1 parked in front of a hangar at Foucaucourt Aerodrome, France, November 1918. (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)