Members of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, following World War 1, climb the steps of the Courthouse in Erzinjan (Erzincan) Turkey (the Provincial Capital). Next, an honor guard of Turkish infantry are seen marching along the street. Local people stand at the side of the road, across from the government building, where two Turkish soldiers stretch a banner across the steps reading (in French) "Long live the 12th principle of Wilson." (This alludes to the 12th point in a speech by U.S. President Wilson in January, 1918, that set the stage for ending World War 1. It stated, in essence, that The Turkish part of the Ottoman Empire should remain sovereign, while other nationalities under Turkish rule should be free to develop autonomously.) The film ends showing members of the Mission visiting a Red Cross Orphanage, where a group of little girls walk past them.
Members of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, stroll about grounds where tents are set up at a reception and party for them at Erzurum, Turkey. Women are seen seated on the ground near a large tent. Turkish soldiers of the 14th Corps assemble on bleachers near a space set out for a football (soccer) match. Players seen running on the pitch. Two wrestlers demonstrate their skills. A Lazi Dancer from the Trabzon district dances, accompanied by Turkish muscians. A group of dancers performs.
A typical street scene in the city of Yerevan, Capital of Armenia, photographed by member of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, during their visit in 1919. Members of the Military Mission with their automobile on a city street. The Armenian Prime Minister with his second cabinet of the First Republic of Armenia, pose for the Mission photographer,in a garden, on October 1, 1919. Seated in front, left to right, are: Avetik Sahakyan (Sahakian) Minister of Agriculture, Prime Minister Alexander Khatisyan (Khatissian) and General Christophor Araratov, Minister of War. Standing, behind them are Nikol Aghbalian (Aghbanian)Minister of Education, A. Gulkandanian, Minister of Interior and Justice, and S. Araradian, Minister of Finance. Next,head of the U.S. Military Mission, Major General James G. Harbord, poses with the Prime Minister.
Views from shipboard of the Bosphorus strait in vicinity of Constantinople, taken in 1919, by the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia. Small boats seen in the water. American military officers seen inspecting mounds of harvested grain in a field. They mingle with farmers and walk amongst the mounds of grain. Buildings of nearby village are seen in background. A minaret is also seen in background of another shot. Panning shots across fields of hillside in distance, show two mosques among other structures. Several substantial buildings are seen in valley at base of mountain.
Scenes in and around Yerevan, Armenia, photographed during visit of the U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, in 1919. Camera pans across imposing old forts that overlook the area. View shifts to position upon wall of a fort, where the camera pans across forest at the base of the fort and the city of Yerevan spread out below. Final sequence shows local Armenian people going about their ordinary activities. Some walk along a dirt road, next to masonry buildings. A man and woman sit in the shade of a stone wall, with a young child seen crouched between them.
American Army Major General James G. Harbord, Head of a U.S. Military Mission to Turkey and Armenia, is greeted by welcoming committee upon the arrival of his train at a railroad yard in Armenia. He is seen conversing with two Armenian Apostolic Priests. They present him a document, which he views and then rolls up. Many other persons are present to greet the Harbord and members of his mission. Several wear the fez. A few U.S. soldiers are seen looking out the windows of the train. An Armenian officer steps forward to present a document to General Harbord.