A large crowd of spectators gather to witness the launch of the 34000 ton ship Mauretania in Birkenhead, England. (This was the second ship RMS Mauretania.) Dignitaries at the ship yard perform the ceremonies as the crowd watches. People stand on the deck and the bow of ship leaning to watch the ceremony. The ship slides down into the Mersey River.
British Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, and party, arrive in Birkenhead, England, where the Freedom of the Borough is to be conferred upon him. As he steps from a car, his wife is already on the sidewalk being greeted by another woman. A policeman, military officer, and a judge, in powdered wig, stand on the sidewalk to greet the Prime Minister, as he shakes hands with the Lord Mayor of the autonomous County Borough. Several other officials and ladies join the group. Many spectators line the sidewalks. The Prime Minister standing on the sidewalk with several military officers, a policeman, and the Lord Mayor. David Lloyd George accompanied by military officers, proceeds to review a formation of troops. A woman speaks to the Prime Minister, as women wartime volunteers in work uniforms stand in the background. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Scenes from the New England Hurricane of 1938 (or Great New England Hurricane) (or Long Island Express) (or The Great Hurricane of 1938). Hurricane hitting U.S. Eastern Seaboard on September 21, 1938. The Coast from New Jersey to New England felt its effect. Cars and people drenched with water in streets. Policemen wade through hip deep water. New York is whipped by 70 mile-an-hour winds and the raging sea pouring tons of water far inland. A man retreats from a dock as waves pour water on him. Outcome of hurricane shows broken ships, downed trees, and devastation at the water front in coastal areas including Atlantic City, New London Connecticut, and Long Island. Firemen in New London Connecticut battle fires. Aerial view of destroyed shoreline and beached boats in New London. Broken cars crushed by fallen trees. Crowds gather to look at damage as a lone sentry guards against looting. Boats along the Atlantic Coast are destroyed. A boat is seen on a road in front of Merkel's Delicatessen. View of a train that was derailed by the hurricane on Long Island. Shot of a car that was carried far off a roadway and impaled on an upright beam.
Scene of boats docked on the Thames River with Houses of Parliament in the background, in England. Scenes related to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's trip, September 15-16, 1938. to meet Adolf Hitler, at Berchtesgarden,Germany. Chamberlain steps from an airplane. Neville Chamberlain, on September 16, 1938, after returning from Bertchtesgarden. He is seen making his way through a crowd at Heston Airport in London, England, where he speaks into a microphone. Scenes from September 15, 1938, before leaving to meet German Chancellor Adolf Hitler,in Berchtesgarden. Crowds gather on top of the airport building. Cameramen record the event. Police officers and officials stand about waiting for Chamberiain to depart. A British Airways aircraft lands and taxis in at Heston Airport. German Charge d'Affaires, Herr Kordt, Lord Halifax and Prime Minister Chamberlain talk with each other. Chamberlain cuts open a letter, from the King, and reads it, privately. Chamberlain makes a speech , surrounded by microphones, as photographers take pictures. Chamberlain poses beside the airplane. Lord Halifax joins him. Chamberlain doffs his hat and looks about to enter the aircraft.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon of England at a train station in Paris. French officials shake hands with the British King and the Queen. A railroad train at the train station. English and French troops at the Arc de Triomphe in a parade along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees with the British Royalty and French dignitaries. Parade includes forces from colonies of France and England. Aerial view of parade and ground level views. The King and the Queen in carriages. English troops and French troops march during a parade. In next scene, two years later in 1940, German troops moving in columns under Arc de Triomphe in occupation of Paris. A German officer salutes. View of German soldiers holding guns moving along the Champs-Elysees. Aerial view of the troops moving along the city. Aerial view of buildings. French citizens standing on the sides of a road watch the German troops. Horsemen and troops on carriages moving under the Arc de Triomphe. A German sentry standing in front of the dome of Napoleon at Les Invalides. The Eiffel Tower with camera panning from ground level upward. View of German soldiers at top of Eiffel Tower. The soldiers are seen raising the Nazi German flag atop the Eiffel tower. A German soldier smiling.
In 1938 an American tennis champion John Donald Budge (Don Budge) wins Wimbledon in London, England. Don Budge playing a match. The spectators seated in a stand. He wins the Wimbledon title. Budge shakes hand with United Kingdom tennis player Henry 'Bunny' Austin. From a September 16, 1963 newsreel recounting events 25 years prior.