Anachronistic mixture of scenes from Germany, circa 1935, Italy, circa 1915, and World War 2. Opening sequence shows Waffen SS troops goosestepping on parade in Nuremberg,Bavaria, circa 1935. Then a scene is inserted of Italian Generalissimo Luigi Cadorna, Chief of Staff, Italian Army, in World War 1, who salutes while reviewing troops. This is followed by scenes of grim-faced civilians watching German forces occupy their countries in World War II. Finally a radio tower and antenna are shown.
Documentary titled "League of Nations at Work," gives an overview of League's inception. Montage shows World War I artillery firing and explosions on World War 1 battlefield. Some French soldiers standing in a tall armoured car or armored vehicle during a battle. View of war graves at a cemetery. Outlines of formation are Woodrow Wilson's principles for a League of Nations. Dignitaries seen arriving for Versailles conference at the Palace of Versailles. A map showing League members in 1935.
German slates refer to the dream of "Northern" people to fly, fulfilled by airplane development. . Scenes from Paris airshow in 1908, when it was a feature of the automobile show that year. Hangars bear names of aircraft companies: Bleriot; Vetze and others, with their respective airplanes parked on the grass in front of each. A man plays with a dog in the grass. Spectators are seated in stands set up in the background. Scene shifts to 1935, where a long row of German aircraft are shown parked with engines running. Then it shifts to 1943, with a long line of German Messerschmitt aircraft parked with engines running. An animated map shows air lines of communication emanating from center of Germany and extending throughout Europe. Huge formations of German warplanes are seen in flight.
Animated map of the Soviet Union. Animated map depicts the distance between United States and Europe. A map of the Soviet Union. The map locates the White Sea, the Volga River, the Caucasus Mountains and Siberia. The east west expanse of the Soviet Union is depicted as 4662 miles. Animated map depicts the area covered by the Soviet Union which is equivalent to the areas of Canada, the United States and Europe put together. A map locates the Caucasians Mountains on the map of the Soviet Union.
German defense personnel in Europe. Doctor Hugo Eckener, Head of Luftschiffbau Zeppelin, with a man, stands on a bridge and looks at the water stream. Ducks in the water stream. Dr. Eckener in the park smoking. A man pushes a cart loaded with bricks. Construction material lying on ground and workers working in the background. German Emperor William II and Empress Auguste Victoria pose in a garden in Doorn, Netherlands.
Blind Senator Thomas D. Schall of Minnesota fires a revolver at a target in Berwyn Heights, Maryland. He is guided by the sound of a wand tapped on the bulls-eye by his youngest son Richard. (Note: This newsreel was released December 23, 1935. Senator Schall was killed by a hit and run driver on December 19, 1935 while he was walking across the Baltimore-Washington Parkway within days of this footage being shot, earlier in December 1935 ).