U.S. Army 88th Division troops advance along a road, in the Apennine Mountains of Italy, in final days of World War 2. Members of an Italian Alpinieri Brigade greet them. They serve wine to the soldiers as they pass through the area. Italian soldiers are gathered around a wagon where they drink wine from a large barrel. American infantrymen, in succession, without breaking step, sip wine from a metal cup offered by an Italian Alpinieri trooper. Another view of the Italian soldiers around the wagon containing their wine barrel. In change of scene, American infantry of the 10th Mountain Division are seen moving down a slope, single file, to a mountain road and then proceeding across a small stream in a barren region of the mountains. Later, as they proceed on either side of a mountain road, a jeep passes in the road center, raising dust. The Americans pass Italian troops relaxing near destroyed buildings. Several sit on remains of an Italian Centauro armored personnel carrier overgrown with weeds. Next, a mountain road is seen, clogged with jeeps and trucks. Along the side of the crowded road, Italian soldiers of the Salmerie da Combattimento, 5° group " Montecassino" (Baggage Combat, 5th group "Montecassino") are seen walking with their mules, fully loaded with rations and medical supplies. One of them has been identified as Mario Pace, (Rome 1923-1995) along with his mule, Adeodato. The Italian Baggage Combat Group and mules, continue along the road .(Note: Under the name "5th Pack Mule Group", this Italian unit was assigned the task of bringing supplies to front line combat troops in the mountains.) They are followed by U.S. soldiers on horseback with more horses and mules.
Cows imported by Friends Relief Mission (Quakers - Religious Society of Friends) as per their mission to restock farms in Europe in the period after World War I. Cows on the land. Farmer repays mission with milk. People keeping milk in containers. Milk transported by horse drawn cart. A town center where milk is distributed. Children queue for milk. A child walks by drinking milk. View of the Spinnerin am Kreuz hospital for Tubercular children in Vienna Austria. Hospital beds brought into open air for children with Tuberculosis. Nurse gives children in beds milk to drink. Mission also helps the working classes. People queue for welfare activities.
A mature couple poses for a photograph in front of a stone cottage. They smile and speak a few words, as they pose. Behind them a flowering vine covers part of the cottage wall. Through a window, can be seen a drape with simple geometric design.
Brigadier General Billy Mitchell taxis in a Boeing Model 15 ( or a Curtis P-1Hawk) airplane, after landing at an airfield. . Battle ships underway at sea. Mitchell organizes 1st provisional Air Brigade for bombing demonstration against battleship target.. Crews and airplanes train and prepare at Langley Field, Virginia. Soldiers load bombs under plane wings. Planes take off to bomb the obsolete U.S. battleship USS Alabama. View from airplane in flight as it drops phosphorus bomb on the Alabama. View from water as bomb strikes with huge explosion. Armorers prepare heavier bombs for the next demonstration. Planes take off and bomb the USS Alabama again. General Mitchell crouched down beside a bomb loaded on an airplane for new tests in 1923. General Pershing, Admiral Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary of War, Davis, and General Patrick on deck of the Ship, USS St. Mihiel (AP-32) to observe the tests. Views of planes dropping bombs on Battleship USS Virginia and the ship rolling over and sinking. Large formations of 1920s era Air Service aircraft in flight.
Scenes captured by newsreel cameramen in Tokyo during fire after the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. Population fleeing flames, attempting to save belongings. Wrecked houses along side of street. Policemen and civilians in street.
Various events captured by newsreel cameramen. City of Berkeley, California, burning, in 1923. Furniture on side of road. Some people scramble to save possessions in path of advancing fire. Others watch helplessly. Crowd mills around. View of burning buildings from roof top. Wrecked building.
Burning multistory buildings in a city. One collapses.
Arctic explorers' ship navigates between icebergs.