Opening scene shows American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) of 28th Infantry Regiment in France during World War 1. They are receiving a meal in an outdoor chow line. Next, they are seen climbing into a crowded railroad box car, at Beaumont, France. They sit in the rail car opening and wave as the train pulls out. On its side is painted the contents limits: 40 men or 8 horses (Hommes 40 or Chevaux 8). View of a steam locomotive pulling a troop train with American soldiers waving from open doors. Other American soldiers assembling at the rail yard. They wave to those leaving on the train. One soldier clowns around with those leaving.
U.S. Army 7th Field Artillery troops of World War 1 in trenches near Beaumont, France. Soldiers walks wade through water in a trench and along a wood lined walk. They weave trench reinforcing latticework. An American soldier uses a periscope to view enemy lines. View of French 75 field piece in a camouflaged position. Two soldiers stand outside and hold their ears as the field artillery piece is fired.
A U.S. soldier gets the enemy's range and notes down the coordinates for artillery shelling near Beaumont in France. U.S. 7th Field Artillery guns are fired.
Ruined villages of Martinpuich and Beaumont Hamel show utter devastation with nothing left standing above ground level. A lonely soldier walks through the silent wreckage. Scene shifts to Scottish troops resting at side of road near Beaumont Hamel. British soldier walks along what was the main street of Beaumont Hamel, where nothing is left standing but a few stubs and twigs of trees. British soldiers, digging in a hill of debris, unearth a German machine gun.
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)
German Colonel and staff seen on horseback amongst troops under his command captured at Beaumont Hamel. The German prisoners move from hillside into ravine road and proceed to a prison camp at the rear. An ambulance drives beside the prisoners. British troops line the bluffs overlooking the road and German prisoners.