Canadian troops in Ypres, Belgium (West Flanders). An animated map shows Sanctuary Wood in Ypres, Belgium. War damaged buildings in the town. A man walks through debris. The troops walk over a small bridge. Field Marshal John French, 1st Earl of Ypres, poses for a photograph, along with Sir Julian Bing, commanding General of the Third Army, and other officers. An animated map shows the Canadians counter attacking the Germans in Sanctuary Wood in the June 1916 Battle of Mount Sorrel. Fallen trees. A cemetery with a cross in the bushes.
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.
Monarchs of various European nations like England, Belgium and others meet in France during World War I. French Army officers wait at a harbor. Queen Mary with King George V arrive in France as Prince of Wales welcomes them as they tour the World War 1 front for the first time. At British Headquarters they are seen greeting and meeting with Prince Albert and Queen Elisabeth of Belgium. King George V decorates war heroes including many Belgian soldiers in a ceremony on a beach as the Belgian Royal family watches, including King Albert, Queen Elisabeth, Prince Leopold III, and Prince Charles (Count of Flanders). View of young Princess Marie José of Belgium roughly around age 12 with the other monarchs walking on a sandy beach after the ceremony. King George V and Sir Douglas Haig enter through a gate to meet with French President Poincaré, Chief General Joseph Joffre, and General Ferdinand Foch. The leaders are seen together on the terrace of General Haig's headquarters at Beauquesne.
French infantry soldiers in a trench firing rifles during the battle of Moulin Briete in Belgium during World War 1. The French soldiers emerge from the trenches and advance, running. View of British soldiers, prone on the ground, firing. A farm house in the field. French and British forces advance, sometimes running and sometimes dropping to the ground and crawling forward.
Belgian soldiers at the river Yser in Belgium. Soldiers stand on a wooden platform over the river. Men on boats in river. Soldiers on gunboats move along the Yser river and the fire at barrages. Houses in the background. A gunboat moves under a tunnel. Trees along the sides of the river. A soldier talks on a radio. Other soldiers fire from the gunboat. Smoke arises due to the firing.
Trains with driver-less locomotives collide in Belgium during World War I. The trains burn. The collided trains in view. Men inspect the collided trains. The German troops build the railroad. Germany's Railroad Engineers Corps restore a bomb damaged tunnel.