Allied military and some civilians gather for a ceremony at a destroyed cathedral (possibly Saint Martin's cathedral at Ypres, France), in World War 1. Scots Guards in kilts are seen among the assembled military. A ladder is seen and something is being raised by a hoist in the background,as preliminary cleanup is being undertaken. Scene shifts to point of view footage from a moving rail car on the Suspension Railway (Schwebebahn) in Barmen-Elberfeld Germany. At first it travels above a street in the city. Then it is seen moving over the Wupper River, in the Elberfeld region, as another suspension rail train approaches from the opposite direction. It continues traveling along (above) the waterway. (Note: Barmen-Elberfeld was re-named Wuppertal in 1930. The Schwebebahn is still in operation today, and is the oldest operating transportation monorail in the world. It is now called the Wuppertal Suspension Railway. Its original full name is: "Electric Elevated Railway (Suspension Railway) Installation, Eugen Langen System" (Anlage einer elektrischen Hochbahn (Schwebebahn), System Eugen Langen)).
Succession of Berlin, Germany, newspapers shown, from 1918 through 1919, chronicling progress of war towards the World War 1 Armistice, and subsequent problems and conditions in postwar Germany. Newspaper of November 12, 1918 addresses concerns about the conditions and the price of the truce. Crowd stands on a road covered with snow around statue of the Kaiser, with scaffold around it. Crowd in a square in War Bond rally. One of crowd carries a Communist red flag. Newspaper refers to gunfire in Berlin from Unter den Linden to Friedrichstrasse. Newspaper announces the Kaiser's abdication, which is then illustrated by reversed footage showing the Kaiser walking backwards and being lifted into his automobile, which then drives away backwards. Returning German soldiers are happy to see the war end, and sing in their returning trucks. An officer inspects war trenches that are now empty. Newspaper announce increasing domestic problems . Newspapers raise issue of German prisoners of War held in foreign countries. Troops are seen moving in streets and at checkpoints in Germany.
Funeral parade in Germany in 1919, possibly sometime after the Spartacist Uprising in Berlin. Large crowd of people gather on both sides of a funeral parade route, with an industrial area and factory in the background. Band players at the parade. Two horse carts seen carrying eight coffins. Mourners in the parade process and some carry wreaths. Group preceding the caskets carries KPD flags with the Communist Party of Germany logo beneath the letters (hammer and sickle inside star).
U.S. Army troops take cover in trenches at Michelbach in Alsace,Germany on June 22,1918. Shows U.S. 128th infantry snipers aiming at the enemy from their concealed locations. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
U.S. 105th Field Artillery troops at Etraye (France), celebrate Armistice Day on November 11th, 1918 marking the end of World War I. U.S. flag is raised. U.S. 4th Infantry, 3rd division troops march through Bacharach, Germany. The troops march through the center of town in formation. An armed U.S. Army guard patrols on the edge of the Rhine River in Bacharach as a boat towing wood passes down the river.
U.S. 105th Field Artillery troops at Etraye (France), celebrate the Armistice Day on November 11th, 1918 marking the end of World War 1. U.S. flag is raised. U.S. 4th Infantry, 3rd division troop march through Bacharach, Germany. An armed guard patrols.