Camera pans from mast downward on a British Tiger-class battle cruiser, attending the surrender of the German Fleet at end of World War 1. Her crew lines the outer edge of her foredeck and wave their hats as the German warships pass. Other Allied warships are seen dimly in the background, including other battle cruisers and battleships. A biplane flies overhead. Closeup of the crew standing on the gun casemates of the Tiger-class battle cruiser. Angular rotation marks, in degrees, are inscribed on the casemates. British sailors fill a warship and cheer as the German ships pass. A succession of German U-boats and destroyers complete the parade of surrendering warships. Another view of ship's company filling the foredeck of a British battleship to hear remarks by a British political leader. He salutes and so do they all. View of the British White Naval ensign waving in the breeze. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Tsianina Redfeather (also known as Tsianina Blackstone), a famous Creek-Cherokee Native American Indian mezzo-soprano, plays the Hawaiian guitar and sings for U.S. soldiers in YMCA- sponsored entertainment for the troops in a canteen, 1917-1918, during World War 1. (Historic note: While sailing to Europe in 1918 as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces, her vessel, the HMS Carmania, was struck by a torpedo. She continued the journey, entertained thousands of troops, and received a commendation for her service. Her interest in entertaining the troops, according to her autobiography, rested in the fact that so many American Indian soldiers were fighting overseas-- around 17,000. After her return to the U.S. her career continued to escalate. This clip perhaps represents the only surviving footage of this truly remarkable individual.)
Entente Powers intervention in Russia during World War 1. Slate identifies Commander of British Forces General Henry Owen Knox. (Research indicates he was an honorary Brigadier General circa 1918-19, and may have been the ranking officer with British Forces aboard ship while en route to Russia.) He smokes a cigarette and talks with another British officer on the ship. (Note: the Commander of the British mission in in Russia during the Allied intervention was Major-General Alfred Knox.) (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Variety of events in World War I years. German merchant submarine Deutschland (a British blockade buster) in 1916 in the United States (then neutral), departing New London, Connecticut on November 21, 1916 headed back to Germany carrying silver bullion. The submarine had just completed repairs following a collision with the tugboat T.A. Scott Jr. when first attempting to leave New London on November 16, 1916. The North German Lloyd Shipping Company submarine Deutschland is seen leaving the dock at New London, Connecticut. The officers on the submarine Deutschland wave. View of a submarine under water. An officer blowing a bugle aboard the deck of an Italian naval torpedo boat. Italian sailors prepare a deck gun on the vessel. The deck gun is fired. An explosion in the water. View of Austro-Hungarian Battleship SMS Szent Istvan (Saint Stephen), capsizing and rolling after it is torpedoed off the Dalmation Coast of the Adriatic Sea by Italian torpedo boats on June 10, 1918. Survivors being rescued in small boats. View of a merchants vessels at dock and in a harbor. View of survivors of the May 1915 Lusitania disaster, with belongings, arriving in a harbor. Men and women with children posing. Two small girls pose among the group of Lusitania survivors.
United States ship George Washington leaves the harbor in Hoboken, New Jersey. Men on a building at the port look on as the ship pulls away from the port. A sign on the building reads ' U.S. Army transport service '. Boats along the side the George Washington. A view of the harbor with boats and ships anchored. Smoke being emitted by the vessels and buildings in the background. President Woodrow Wilson talks to men aboard the ship as he heads to Europe on December 4th, 1918, for the Paris Peace Conference, following the armistice ending World War I.
Several u.S. Army soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) stand near three French children, outside a church building in France, during World War 1. A large relief of Christ on crucifix is displayed on the wall behind them. One soldier kneels down next to the children and gives them some chocolates. He talks with them. Closeup of the children eating their candy. A boy wipes his hands on his sweater. The children make circles on their tummies, indicating that it tasted good. New sequence shows American Army of occupation troops celebrating Christmas, 1918, at Montabaur, Germany. They are assembled at a hillside, around a platform holding a monument and statue. A large decorated Christmas tree is set up on one side of the monument, and an Army brass band stands on the other side. Captain William A. Turner, of the Salvation Army, dressed as Santa Claus, hands out gifts to some of the soldiers, assembled in the foreground. There also appear to be some local German people gathered to the far right, of the brass band.
Next, "Santa Claus" is seen throwing gifts out to the gathered soldiers. Scene shifts, again, this time to several U.S. Navy dreadnought battleships that might be returning troops from Europe back to the United States. The first seen is a two-stacker, Florida-class; the second is the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) and the third is the two-stacker USS New York (BB-34). Final sequence shows U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, and Secretary of War, Newton D. Baker, in top hats, stand on deck of a ship with with its Captain (a U.S. Navy Commander) to review U.S. Battleships returning from service with the British fleet in World War 1. The dim image of a battleship is seen in the background. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)