Shows General P.E. Traub of the U.S. 26th Infantry Division conferring with French Army officers at a hill side in Couvrelles, France during World WAR I.
U.S. General John Joseph Pershing, Commander of American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) visits U.S. 26th Infantry Division Headquarters in Couvrelles, France during World War I. Shows General Pershing talking with a U.S. Major General, outside the building, as he prepares to enter his car. Later, he visits the unit's camp and poses with American and French officers.
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Fighter Squadron in France during World War 1. Lt Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a 94th Squadron Nieuport 28c.1fighter #12, as a ground crewman turns a propeller and the engine starts. The squadron's "Hat in Ring" logo is painted on the fuselage. Jump to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of a SPAD S.XIIIc.1 fighter. April 1918: Lieutenant Edwin Green seated in the cockpit of a Nieuport 28c.1 which starts to taxi. Another Nieuport takes off and climbs. Forward to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit turns around and points towards the ground. A mock dogfight between two WW I bi-winged aircraft. American Army aviator Captain Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a USAAS Dayton-Wright DH-4 bomber looks back and waves. Aircraft is in flight. Aerial views of the ground showing a coastline below. The aircraft climbing over the clouds. Captain J.A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of an airborne aircraft. Captain Rickenbacker in his SPAD S.XIII fighter #1 in flight over the clouds. (Note: This is a segment of a longer film described in Eddie Rickenbacker's 1919 book, "Fighting the Flying Circus." It was filmed by Capt.Cooper of the U.S. Army Signal Corps from October 18th - 21st, 1918, and contained reenactments of air combat, some of it with a captured German Hanover C.III observation plane.) (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Aero Squadron in Toul, France during World War I. April 1918 - Commanding Officer 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron Major John W.F.M. Huffer and French-American pilot Major Raoul Lufbery talk with AEF weekly newspaper "Stars and Stripes" editor Major S. P Adams. Captain David M. Peterson stands beside a Nieuport 28c.1 fighter aircraft,with its "Hat in Ring" insignia on the side. 1Lt. Alan F. Winslow stands beside Lt Rickenbacker's Nieuport #12 and starts walking. Jump to November, 1918 - the remaining officers of the 94th Aero Squadron reunite, including Captain James A. Meissner (C.O.147th Aero), 1st Lt Joseph Eastman, Captains Eddie Rickenbacker (now C.O. 94th Aero) and Reed Chambers, and 1st Lt Thorne Taylor (all 94th) standing beside Rickenbacker's SPAD S.XIII #1 parked in front of a hangar at Foucaucourt Aerodrome, France, November 1918. (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)
The French line ship, SS Lorraine, in camouflage paint, seen backing into port at Bordeaux, France, on June 24, 1918. Belgian troops of the ACM Corps (Autos-Canons-Mitrailleuses, Belgian armored unit) disembark. (Note: Soldiers of This Belgian armored unit fought with the White Russians during World War I. They left Vladivostok for the USA on the SS Sheridan, and docked at San Francisco on May 12, 1918. They were warmly greeted as they proceeded across the U.S. to New York city, where they participated in the Memorial Day Parade. After leaving New York City, aboard the SS La Lorraine, they reached Bordeaux on June 24 1918.)
America in the World War 1 years, before and during the U.S. involvement in the war. View of Woodrow Wilson in academic robe and cap, as President of Princeton University. Steel mill with stacks belching smoke. Workers tap an open hearth furnace in steel mill. Children on a city street dancing and being sprayed with a hose to keep cool in summer. Boy hopping over the backs of his friends. Boys seated on a bench. Scenes from early motion pictures, interposed with images of Uncle Sam from Army recruiting poster: Keystone Cops chasing fugitive; gangster shootouts from cars; automobile hijinks; men raising barrier at railroad level crossing; woman dangling from a line; car racing to cross rail in front of locomotive; comic car chase down; man waving warning flag at blasting site; The Cunard Liner, RMS Lusitania, underway; Newspaper front page about torpedoing of the Lusitania. American soldiers boarding troop ship for France in World War 1; View of the troop ship deck filled with U.S. soldiers. Various scenes of U.S. troops in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France during World War I: amid wartorn ruins in France; firing French 75s and heavier artillery; charging across no-man's land; caring for wounded behind the lines and in trenches of the battle fields; placing helmets, and identification cards on rifles of the fallen.