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.
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.