British Royal Navy efforts to protect shipping and convoys in the English Channel during World War 1.
Boats are seen behind a breakwater on coast in United Kingdom, during World War 1. A British two-stacker I- class destroyer underway with black smoke pouring from its funnels. British soldiers with weapons and personal gear at a rail yard, with train in background. They descend stairs to a pier and board a crowded troop ferry ship. Two troop ferries underway in the English Channel. View of the British Monitor ship, "Marshal Soult" mounting two 15-inch guns. British soldiers loaded aboard two troop ships departing the United Kingdom (one is a side-wheeler). Women on the pier waving goodbye. A British gunboat underway. View from stern of a boat putting out a good wake. A dirigible low over the water and a steaming warship seen in background. Workmen marching across the mole protecting the German submarine (U-boat) base at Zeebrugge, Belgium (Slate says before it was blown up by the British).
(World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
The British Fleet guards transports carrying American and British forces to France during World War I. Overhead aircraft keep a watch. A British convoy underway in the English Channel. View of airships overhead.
Following bold attacks by German forces against English Channel ports in France, French General Ferdinand Foch orders a counter attack by all Allied armies. The film then depicts a montage of war scenes, growing shorter and in quicker succession as the film proceeds. Allied soldiers advancing across open fields on a broad front during counter offensive following German attacks against English Channel ports in France, during World War 1. Allied gunners firing French 75 field artillery pieces. A shell explosion close to the camera. Dead horses next to a destroyed wagon. German shells bursting in the field among advancing Allied troops running across wide open fields. A French machine gun firing. German soldiers moving along a road in woods, while under shell fire. German troops running across a field towards the camera, with one struck by gunfire and falling. A German soldier falling right in front of the camera. Other fallen German and Allied soldiers. American troops charging up a hill, and some falling to German machine gun fire. View of German machine gun nest firing. Frantic succession of battle scenes and carnage on both sides. Soldiers carrying wounded on litters. Dead lying in trenches. Smoke, fire, explosions. French troops marching through a town where lingering gas affects their eyes. Artillery being fired by both sides, including heavy siege mortars. More views of dead and wounded soldiers. Railroad guns firing. Artillery troops racing on horseback with teams of horses pulling artillery and caissons. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Scene of a symbol which demonstrates man's desire for flight. Painting of Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing of Leonardo da Vinci's flying machine. Views of drawings of the attempts of man to fly. Photo of Clement Ader. Drawing of Ader's plane. Still photo of the first powered Wright Brother's plane. Still photo of one of Ader's planes. Photo of Louis Blériot. Gabriel Voisin's photo. Picture of Robert Esnault-Pelterie. Two French designers. Robert Esnault-Pelterie making a test by mounting a glider atop a truck. Gabriel Voisin towing a glider with boats on the Seine River. He stayed airborne for several seconds. Photo of Alberto Santos-Dumont. The plane in which he made several flights. A plane made by Gabriel Voisin "La Bagatelle" which was flown by his brother Charles Voisin. Scene of this flight. Henry Farman seated in plane. Several views depicting the first attempt to fly the English Channel. Three competitors were Count Lambert in a Wright Plane at Wissant, Hubert Lathan in Antionette IV at Sangatte and Louis Bleriot (winner) flying a monoplane of his own design from Los Baraques to Dover. Single of Bleriot's plane. Observers of the flight. The English Channel. The wreckage being salvaged by French boat. Wreckage of plane as it is lifted out of the channel. Wreckage being pulled down streets. Louis Bleriot walking on crutches. Bleriot standing in cockpit of plane prior to, attempting to fly the English Channel at Les Baraques. The takeoff. Observers watching the landing at Dover, England. Two men standing on roof top waving a flag. Field, tent and personnel at Dover, England where the landing was made. English people examining plane after landing. Ship on which Bleriot returned to France. Reception committee greeting him. Street scenes of his reception in Paris.
A film about the role of U.S. Navy Seabees in construction of artificial harbors in the English Channel during the Allied invasion of Normandy in World War II. U.S. Navy Captain Clark, in charge of artificial harbors and Commander Calair, in charge of installing Phoenixes and pier heads in the English Channel. Ships underway in the English channel. Tugs at a harbor. Beetles being pulled. A tug prepares to tow a Phoenix. Men work on lines. Whales spread across the channel. Pier head at sea. A dumb barge underway at sea. A captain looks at the towing operation from the bridge of a vessel. Aircraft in flight. Crew aboard a phoenix. Gliders in flight above the convoy. A signalman sends a blinker signal. Animated diagram depicts the creation of an artificial harbor. First tow arrives at Normandy on June 6, 1944. Landing crafts at the Normandy beach. Artificial harbor being constructed. A bridge being completed and pier head being attached to it. Seabees at work.
British aircraft attacks German Minelayer underway in the English Channel, Atlantic Ocean during World War II. Animated map of English Channel. German Minelayer underway in the English Channel. German bomber aircraft in flight offer protection for minelayer. German sailor hoists signal flags. Man looks at stop watch aboard ship. Mines are dropped into sea. German sailors run to battle stations. Sailors man guns and antiaircraft guns. They fire at British bomber aircraft. Officer looks through binoculars.