Events during World War I. Sketches : workers in a German arms factory. German soldiers advance towards France. Animation of a map shows the German invasion of France through Belgium. Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German Emperor. Buildings damaged by invading Germans. U.S. president Thomas Woodrow Wilson advises Americans to stay calm. American people read papers. Cartoon depicts the President about his domestic reforms. The German atrocities in Belgium. Man holds a dead person. Sketch depicts Germany crushing everything on its way. The apprehensive people of America. Sketches of American man against a German leader. Trucks and taxi cabs on the Orne river. A gun barrel. Bombs being dropped on the German ships. Worker at a factory in America. Sketch of a man standing beside a flag having the dollar sign shows the prosperous America. Sketch shows the various resources required by the American industries. An American ship carrying war materiel. Sailors in German submarines. German submarines target allied ships. Sketches of U.S. president Wilson warning Germany. On 1st May 1915 RMS Lusitania a British luxury ship at sea as it starts from New York. Paper shows a warning by the German government. A German sailor on board a submarine as it targets a ship. The RMS Lusitania ship sinks killing many, including Americans. The U.S. secretary of State William Jennings Bryan and Thomas Woodrow Wilson with other officials. The former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt addresses people opposing President Wilson's policy. The President prepares a note for Germany. Sketch of U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan during his resignation. Sketch of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Orchards in Flanders,Belgium at Springtime in World War I, circa 1915. French troops ride horses and pass through the area. Trees filled with blossoms on both sides of the road. Farmer broadcasts seeds while others with horses break the ground behind him. A French soldier in uniform leads the horses. French Soldiers and officers seated in a farm cart. They wave their hats and cheer amidst a shower of fruit tree blossoms.
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.
Following a State Funeral at Westminster Abbey, coffin bearing Nurse Edith Cavell's body is carried out and put on gun carriage. Mourners attend the funeral. Mourners, sailors with wreaths, nurses and other services in procession with horse-drawn carriage move on road. Soldiers lift the coffin. Coffin transferred at a ship for its transport to Norfolk for burial at Norwich Cathedral. (This state funeral followed disinterment of Cavell's body in Belgium, after her execution on October 12, 1915).
French troops establishing positions in Flanders, Belgium, during the First World War. Troops unloading and stacking artillery shells. They move supplies in trucks and horse-drawn wagons, along paved road in countryside. Stacks of supplies seen at side of road.
Civilians in Flanders, Belgium,during World War I. They raise their hands and their caps.