Film opens with brief glimpse of a coastal city on the Mediterranean Sea. A mosque is the most notable building in the scene. A unit of Somaliland Camel Corps rides along a desert ridge. They pass behind a staionary British light tank. Change of scene shows a parked Italian communications vehicle being approached by another vehicle. An Italian soldier wearing a headset flags down the approaching vehicle and gives a dispatch to a soldier standing in the vehicle, which promptly pulls away. Next, A column of British Vickers light tanks Mk VI, are seen moving along in the desert. The lead tank is a command variant with special communications gear. Closeups of the tanks as they pass the camera. Next, they are seen at a distance.
Tribesman hold flags, of the Kingdom of Italy, and branches gathered in a field, for a ceremony. Tribesmen in white robes take shelter under umbrellas. Tribal Chiefs,military officers and other dignitaries on the stage. The principal military official greets the crowd. A tepee-like bonfire appears to be made ready in the center of the field. The tribesmen begin the ceremony by charging and throwing the branches into a pile. Buildings in background are decorated with flags of the Kingdom of Italy.
Statue of Karl Marx on his grave stone in Highgate Cemetery, London. A picture of Karl Marx. Scenes in the Soviet Union. Soviet soldiers walking slowly in loose formation. Bolsheviks standing with a large banner. Damaged shops on a street. "One way" street signs in several languages. Large gathering of people carrying signs reading: "Frieden" (Peace, in German). A sign reading: "HALT, Landesgrenze" marking a German provincial boundary. A sign in German, designating the customs border at Furth im Wald, Bavaria ("Zollgrenz-Bezirk, Furth i.Wald"). East German border guards setting obstacles and sentry paths. Picture of Günter Litfin, a twenty-four-year-old tailor, who swam across the Spree Canal to West Germany on 24 August 1961. View of him being fatally shot from across the border, by East German guards, as he is being pulled into West Germany (the first such fatality at the East West German border). Animated map of the world with label references to Berlin,1961; Havana, 1959; Budapest, 1956; Coyoacan, 1940; and Kronstadt, 1921.
General Jan Christiaan Smuts reviews South African troops under British forces of the United Kingdom in World War 1. Soldiers stand aligned at a field. General Smuts comes with other officers and reviews the troops preparing for battle against German forces in East Africa during the Anglo-Belgian invasion. He lifts his hat up and soldiers too raise their hats. General Smuts poses. Commandos of the famous late General Delarey (Koos de la Rey) prepare to leave on the campaign as they assemble saddles.
Civilians return to Italy during World War II. Italian hospital ship Saturnia (later the U.S. Army Hospital Ship Frances Y. Slanger) underway in the Mediterranean Sea. Women and others on the deck of a ship. Civilians disembark from the Saturnia and the Vulcania as they return from East Africa. Women and children on the deck of a ship.
King Sir Seretse Khama and his wife in Bamangwato Botswana, Southern Africa. His wife Queen Ruth Williams seated in a car. He stands outside the car and looks at the area. Thatched huts in the area. Men seated on the ground discussing amongst themselves. They gather outside a building. Ruth Williams talking to Sir Seretse Khama.