Film opens showing relatives of fallen American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who made the ultimate sacrifice in the European theater of operations, during World War 2. They were members of the United states 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The relatives are assembled in an auditorium at a military installation in Hawaii, where the 100th Infantry is conducting a ceremony honoring their fallen heroes. Camera pans over some of the relatives. Decorations for valor are presented posthumously to some of the surviving relatives. A widow receives the Silver Star. A father receives the Distinguished Service Cross. A mother receives her son's award. Film shifts to scenes showing artillery batteries of the 100th Infantry in action at numerous battles in the Italian Campaign, including Naples, Cassino, Rapido River, Pisa, Anizo and others. A column of 100th Infantry accompanied by armor, are seen entering Livorno, Italy. Members in a jeep are seen passing through area of complete destruction. Others pick their way through rubble, as civilians bass the opposite way,carrying salvaged belongings, Troops of the 100th move cautiously and deploy near barricades to shield from snipers. They escort captured German prisoners. Battle casualties are seen being carried into field hospitals. A medical team performing emergency surgury inside a tent. Convalescing patients being tended by a woman Army nurse. Others recovering outside tents at the field hospital. A group of 100th infantry troops taking a break. One of their medics is interviewed. Gunners seen with Browning M1917 machine gun. Troops preparing a meal in the field. On presenting paper airplanes to Italian children who fly them. M4 Sherman tank parked on Italian street. Battalion members attending a Roman Catholic mass in the field. Army interviewer asks one of the troops why he fights in the U.S. Army. He responds.
Russian troops eating while settled in a field during a snow storm, in World War 1. They are all dressed in warm clothing. Their rifles are stacked amongst them. Several soldiers entertain others by dancing, accompanied by a violinist and an accordianist. A mascot dog is held on leash by an onlooker. Scene shifts to infantrymen marching loosely, behind mounted officer, along path in a snowy field. Later, they proceed single file through snow. A town square is seen jammed with soldiers and civilians. Several hold large banners. A uniformed man passes out paper fliers to the crowd. Troops are seen carrying flags as they march through the snow. Then they form in a large circle, and are addressed by a senior officer, as a clergyman stands behind him. Inserted view of Lev Kamenev addressing troops, in a warmer time and place. Sequence then reverts back to troops in the snow, displaying red flag, and seemingly pledging allegiance to the Bolsheviks. Final scenes show troops parading in snowy Red Square, in Moscow.
German troops on a battlefield in the European Theater during the First World War. German troops in World War 1 advancing under shell fire, as seen from photographer position on a high ridge overlooking the battlefield. Smoke rises from firing and bombardment.
American Army soldiers sit around a table and talk. Some World War 1 U.S. Army soldiers read books and papers at YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) clubroom, books stacked in shelves in the background. Three officers sit around a table and play a card game as others read and go through books. A folded American flag in the background.
British troops fight against Germans in Europe during World War I. A German submarine underway. View of torpedo being fired from U-boat at a British ship. Dramatic footage of large explosion aboard the target ship as the torpedo impacts. Fire and smoke seen on ship. Fire continues to surge upward even as ships stern is sunken and bow is rapidly approaching sinking underwater. Footage, some appears authentic and some possibly dramatized, of British sailors aboard a ship under attack and on fire. The sailors running on board the ship. View of ship rolling over and sinking.
British troops fight against Germans in the Europe during World War I. Destroyers underway at sea. British flag on the destroyer. Destroyers fire. Destroyers approach a harbor. Men on boat at sea. Men on destroyers give signal. A destroyer sinks. Man observes through periscope of a submarine. Men fire on another ship from a destroyer. The German ship sinks in sea. The later section of this clip illustrates the destruction of a U-boat by a British Q-ship - a merchantman with hidden armament where a submarine surfaced, a "dummy crew" abandons ship, and the naval gunners then bring out the guns and sink the U-boat