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.
King of Belgium, Albert I, foreign minister Numans and Van de Neuval at an airfield in Belgium during World War 1. Kings pilot and King Albert I enter the Kings plane. People gather at the airfield to bid farewell. The plane readies for takeoff and departs.
Canadian troops in Belgium. An animated map shows Ploegsteert in Belgium. The troops walk in a muddy area. They walk in trenches with their rifles. The soldiers eat food and carry boxes in hands. A water stream next to the trench area.
A painting of an ancient army commander on a horse back with two infantrymen at his side. A map of Europe shows the location Belgium between Germany and France.German soldiers crawl on ground among battle-scarred trees, in Belgium.
Belgian Armored cars move on the road during World War I in Belgium. Soldiers sit on it. They drop down and salute as an officer arrives. The guns mounted on car are clearly seen. A soldier talks with the officer who had just arrived, whereas the other one climbs up the car. The car moves.
Clamped bomb tied on pulley in Belgium. Soldier wearing Belgian side cap with tassel stands by. Man holds rope of the pulley and clamp. Bomb shell is pulled up and then dropped to release center chamber. Man opens bomb and removes a cover. He takes out bomb from shell.