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Events that initiated World War I and animated map showing involvement of nations from 1914 through 1918

Opening scene shows a man being roughed up by a group of men in an alleyway. A slate comments (in French) that when nations are bellicose, an assassination can cause a world war. Next, a slate shows picture of the world and states (in English) "One murder may start a world war." Another slate (in French) states that In 1914, while Europe's armies and fleets were more powerful than they had ever been, the nephew of the Emperor of Austria (Archduke Ferdinand) was assassinated. A front page is shown of newspaper, "Journal De Geneve" carrying the story. Next scene is a view of the city of Sarajevo. The ancient Emperor's Mosque dominates the scene. A slate appears asking Where is Sarajevo? It is followed by a map of Europe in 1914, which zooms in on Austria and Serbia and identifies and labels Sarajevo,in Austria, close to the Serbian border. Slates (in French) says Austria accused Serbia of War and other nations enter the melee. Animated World map shows the nations getting involved, starting with the German Empire in 1914, including its African colonies, and then successively showing Russia, France, Belgium,Great Britain, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. Map advances to 1915, showing the Italian empire, Bulgaria,and Central Arabia. In 1916 it adds Portugal, Roumania. Next, the U.S.A. is added in, 1917, along with Central and South America, Greece, Siam, and China. Finally, the slate shows the war ending in 1918. Slate shows Armistice Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month (November), with time shown on hands of Big Ben in London.

Date: 1918
Duration: 3 min 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: French
 
 
Variety of unconnected scenes from period of about 1914 through 1924, showing facets of World War I

Montage of scenes related to European mobilization and preparations for World War I, from 1914 through 1919, plus brief views of Mark VIII tank maneuvers, circa 1924. Patriotic French citizens fill a street as France mobilizes for World War 1. Italian soldiers marching to war through a town. British King George V seen with Prime Minister David Lloyd George and other British officials. British First Lord of Admiralty, Winston Churchill poses and "mugs" for camera. British troops being transported along a country road on double-decker buses and slogging through the mud in France. Two French soldiers join the line of "tommies" to be photographed, and then step out of line to watch. King George V with Field Marshal Douglas Haig, and other officers, next to their automobiles in field, during the King's visit to his troops in 1916. The King and British officers observe tests of Mark IV tank, circa 1917. Scene shifts to August 10, 1916 showing the Prince of Wales and King George V, accompanied by Field Marshal Douglas Haig, and other officers, observing the Battle of Pozières (in Battle of the Somme) from a safe distance, using a telescope. U.S. Army Mark VIII International Tanks in daytime and nighttime maneuvers (likely at Fort Meade, Maryland) circa 1924.

Date: 1917
Duration: 1 min 18 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Newspaper headlines about start of World War 1; later U.S. entry into World War 1, and building of U.S. Navy ships for war effort

A map of Europe with German cross superimposed on it. Shows various newspaper headlines about World War I. First one indicating the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914; next "Germany Declares War - All Europe in Arms"; next "Germany Invades France"; then "French Resist at Marne"; then "Lusitania Sunk", followed by "U.S. Declares War." The latter is seen after an image of a newspaper printing press running at high speed. A worker at the printing plant stands beside the printing press and reads the newspaper. Various headlines about America entering into World War I, including "U.S. At War" and "U.S. Troops Land in France." Scene shows several posters to promote Liberty Bonds; one reads, "Beat Back the Hun with Liberty Bonds." U.S. Navy ships being constructed during World War 1 at a shipyard. Ships at piers as men work on them. A U.S. vessel underway at sea. A United States destroyer underway at sea.

Date: 1917
Duration: 1 min 27 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: None
 
 
Sketches depict the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Serbia that led to World War I

From a documentary film entitled "World War I". Events leading to World War I. Soldiers at a parade. In August 1914 the leading nations of Europe prepare to go for a war. Soldiers on the battle field. The scenes after the war show damage to life and material. Smoke all around. A tank on the battle field. Sketches of the U.S. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson explain people to be neutral in the war. A sketch of a soldier carrying an artillery. Sketches depict World War I, the industries in the United States. Workers work inside the factory. A sketch of Thomas Woodrow Wilson. People hold strike posters. The President addresses a gathering. A cartoon depicts the concern of the President in the domestic reforms. Sketch of the President sitting in a chair and other officials stand near him. Animation of a map shows Serbia. Sketches of assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb citizen of Austria-Hungary. Serbia raises a war against Austria and Russia assists. Soldiers on horses prepare for war. Soldiers carry weapons as they run. Germany assists Austria in the war. Soldiers on horses carry weapons. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson seeks to help the world. Sketches of soldiers on horses during a fight and of an injured soldier during the war.

Date: 1914
Duration: 3 min 42 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
European Heads of State review their respective forces mobilizing for World War I. Glimpses of trench warfare.

Kaiser Wilhelm walks among German troops assembled for inspection in Berlin at outbreak of World War 1. The Kaiser and senior commanders review the troops on parade. The last contingent in the parade comprises civilian officials in top hats. French Prime Minister, Alexandre Ribot, is saluted by a military honor guard as he exits a building. He doffs his hat and turns in deference, as Raymond Poincaré, President of France exits behind him. They both enter a waiting car, followed by the French Minister of War, Jean Brun., who joins them. As they are being made comfortable in the car, French General Ferdinand Foch, exits the building (wearing a great coat) and is escorted by another General. In Russia, Emperor, Tsar nicholas ll, leads military commanders as they review a contingent of Russian guards in formation on the platform of a train station in Moscow. Camera pans across crowds filling the Palace Square, St. Petersburg, upon the declaration of war on 20, July, 1914. Base of the Alexander Column visible in center of crowd. Russian troops file into well established trenches. Huge explosions raise tons of earth amongst the trenches. Troops flee for safety. Many take cover in large shell craters. Several fall to machine gun fire, near barbed wire. A book is opened to a page entitled: "Military Program Proletarian Revolution" (in Russian). German troops are seen from above and behind sheltered in a trench with a desolate battlefield in front of them. Closeup of the troops. Next, Russian troops who died are seen in a water-filled trench. One is holding an M1891/Mosin–Nagant firle. Closeup of another soldier, covered in mud leaning against sandbags. Bodies of two soldiers at a pond of water in their trench. One is immersed, with face up, in the pond and the other is reaching down into it. What appear to be the bodies of soldiers entangled in barbed wire at edge of trench..

Date: 1914
Duration: 1 min 51 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: Russian
 
 
Nations in various stages of mobilization before and during World War I

Nations mobilizing for World War 1 (The Great War).from 1914 through 1917-18. Civilians in a Slavic country react to information fastened on a large circular post. Closeup of British Mark II tanks moving near the camera, followed by view of British Whippet tank in front of army trucks. Uniformed, armed, German troops assembling in a town square. German General Paul von Hindenburg leading members of his staff and a diplomat, on inspection of troops. A Russian officer on horseback with troops assembled in a city park. Unusual grouping of Military officers from Germany (wearing Picklehaube helmets); France; and Russia (including a Cossack), gathered in front of a Russian Orthodox Church (presumably somewhere in Russia) prior to World War 1. Anachronistic view of middle-aged Winston Churchill giving an address, before numerous microphones. U.S. Marines hurrying along a waterfront pier, past a variety of boats docked in a city marina. American soldiers looking at a U.S. Connecticut-class battleship docked at a pier, displaying a large American flag, during World War 1. Camera pans across the pier. Crew members seen on Japanese battleship, Settsu. Japanese troops disembarking from a transport ship covered with ice.

Date: 1914
Duration: 54 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: Russian
 
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