Activities of United States Army soldiers in France during World War I. Rubble of bombed out buildings near Bethincourt, France. American Army soldiers carrying wounded and dead on stretchers. A group of German soldier prisoners under American guard carry a stretcher. U.S. Army soldiers erecting sign boards. A large sign sign board reads: "Bethincourt" and below it a sign reads, "Play the game boys - Obey the MP". American and French engineers building road and buildings. Pick and shovel activities of the engineers. Infantry, wagons and mules advancing near the village.
U.S. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson signs the declaration of war during World War I. U.S. ships sink after torpedo attacks. United States troops aboard a troop carrier ship bound tor France. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt. U.S. troops disembarking on docks in France. Navy ships being built in U.S. shipyard. Allied troops attack across no man's land. Allied rail gun firing. U.S.Soldiers fire howitzers. Smoke pours out of Allied biplane aircraft after being shot down. German troops fighting in trenches. A horse falls into a trench after being shot. Tanks in action. Tanks advance and fire. German machine gunners. German prisoners walk in a line. American troops in France celebrate the end of hostilities with the Armistice on the 11th hour of 11th day of 11th month, 1918. The American flag flies on a pole as a symbol of victory. Huge crowds of Americans celebrate in Manhattan, New York city, waving newspapers with headlines announcing German surrender. In 1919, President Wilson and General John (Black Jack) Pershing review victorious American troops marching in Chaumont, France (Pershing's headquarters). Franklin D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy with Secretary of the Navy, Daniels, in France. U.S. troops board transport ships for home. Returning U.S. Armies hold a victory parade in Manhattan, New York City, where they parade through a temporary Victory Arch constructed expressly for the purpose in Madison Square. Hydrogen balloons decorate the Arch. New York City mounted police monitor the crowds.
An American feature film titled 'This is the Army' depicts dancer Jerry Jones, played by George Murphy, as he receives a draft letter during a Follies performance during World War I. Uncle Sam is depicted on a poster in New York that reads: 'I Want You for the U.S. Army Enlist Now'. Buildings along a side of a street. Camera zooms to newspaper headline that reads, "Huns Boast No American Troops Will Reach France." A woman in uniform sings in the street.. She sings and men play musical instruments. Exterior of a building. A banner outside the building reads: 'US Army Recruiting Station'. 'Follies' written outside a theater. Interior of the theater. Performance of singer and dancer Jerry Jones in the theater, played by actor George Murphy. Jerry Jones sings and girls dance in colorful costumes. People watch them. A woman watches the performance of Jerry Jones. A man arrives near her and gives her mail for Jerry Jones from the office of the President. The woman reads the mail. The mail is a draft letter to Jones, inducting him into the U.S. Army.
American soldiers reach France and other European nations crossing the Atlantic Ocean during World War I. Soldiers of American Army march on Fifth Avenue in New York City and then seen boarding troop transport ships bound for France. Thousands of American soldiers crowded onto ships and transported to Europe. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson seen drawing the first draft number for World War 1 draftees in the U.S. military. Vice President Thomas Marshall seen drawing the second draft number. U.S. Navy ships and soldiers aboard during their voyage to Europe. View of female Red Cross nurses and YMCA workers posed in groups for the camera aboard ships. Soldiers in chow line receive a meal and eat it below and up on decks. A soldier holds a puppy dog from home and feeds it some of his food. The sailors aboard fire a deck guns and drop depth charges after sighting a torpedo from a German U-boat. A Y-Gun is seen firing TNT depth charges from the centerline deck of a ship to each side. Waves seen crashing over bow of ship in the transport fleet during heavy rough seas. First troops of American soldiers disembark from a transport ship at a harbor in France in June 1917. U.S. soldiers march on streets of Paris. In London, England, American soldiers are seen marching through the streets and the British monarchs and officials including the Queen Mother, King Edward, and Prime Minister Lloyd George review the marching American troops at Buckingham Palace.
President Woodrow Wilson signing declaration of war. Signatures of the House of Representatives Speaker and Vice-President also appear on the document, dated 26 April,1917. American troops at port of embarkation, board a ship and sail to France. American troops parade in field in France. View of U.S. Commanding General Pershing. American soldiers maneuver across battlefield. Artillerymen fire 75mm howitzer amid rubble of destroyed buildings.American troops dug in at edge of woods. German troops attack across open field and many fall, killed or wounded. Railroad-mounted 14 inch gun fires.Troops engage during attack on entrenched enemy.
The Aisne-Marne Operation in France during World War 1. American Expeditionary Forces (AEC) 111th Infantry contingent bivouacked on side of a hill in Crezeney, France. Their horses graze in field below. Closeup of soldiers drinking directly from a small pond, and filling containers with water from it. Battle-damaged buildings in the background. Scene shifts to U.S. 119th Field Artillery, near Mount Saint Martin in Lorraine. A gun crew is seen behind an entrenched French heavy gun (Canon de 155mm Long Mle 1917 GPF). Views of the gun breech and open split tail carriage. Closeup of Gunner cranking a control wheel to elevate the gun barrel. He then makes some fine aiming adjustments. Camera focuses on a soldier standing near a large tree trunk and then pans over to the gunner adjusting aim of the 155mm gun. Scene shifts to another gun crew in some shrubbery, firing a French 75 field piece.