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Events that initiated World War I and animated map showing involvement of nations from 1914 through 1918

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.

Date: 1918
Duration: 3 min 34 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: French
 
 
Variety of unconnected scenes from period of about 1914 through 1924, showing facets of World War I

Montage of scenes related to European mobilization and preparations for World War I, from 1914 through 1919, plus brief views of Mark VIII tank maneuvers, circa 1924. Patriotic French citizens fill a street as France mobilizes for World War 1. Italian soldiers marching to war through a town. British King George V seen with Prime Minister David Lloyd George and other British officials. British First Lord of Admiralty, Winston Churchill poses and "mugs" for camera. British troops being transported along a country road on double-decker buses and slogging through the mud in France. Two French soldiers join the line of "tommies" to be photographed, and then step out of line to watch. King George V with Field Marshal Douglas Haig, and other officers, next to their automobiles in field, during the King's visit to his troops in 1916. The King and British officers observe tests of Mark IV tank, circa 1917. Scene shifts to August 10, 1916 showing the Prince of Wales and King George V, accompanied by Field Marshal Douglas Haig, and other officers, observing the Battle of Pozières (in Battle of the Somme) from a safe distance, using a telescope. U.S. Army Mark VIII International Tanks in daytime and nighttime maneuvers (likely at Fort Meade, Maryland) circa 1924.

Date: 1917
Duration: 1 min 18 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
German forces achieve early progress during 1914 in world War I

Actors in a play converse against painted backdrop depicting the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. German soldiers advancing (not under fire) through field and trees in World War 1. They pass a cross marking a grave. Actors playing rolls of mother, father, and their boy, greet a German soldier who enters their home. He is in uniform including Pickelhaube (spiked helmet). He presents some papers to the father, who directs him to someone else (unseen) in the household. Next, the soldier bids the family goodbye. He is now carrying two large packages and a bottle of him two packages and a bottle of wine. A contingent of German soldiers are seen marching, loosely, as they are led by an army band playing their instruments. Spectators, including a number of children, walk alongside the soldiers. Next, spectators crowd around what appears to be an imperial coach, pulled by a team of four white horses. (The occupant of the carriage is not visible.) More marching soldiers are seen passing close to spectators. A troop of German Hussar lancers parades on horseback in full military uniforms. Soldiers march across a crowded square. German troops marshalling beside a rail road train at an outdoor stop. Some soldiers move along a road in horse-drawn wagons. Officers are seen riding in an automobile followed by troops in motorized trucks. Troops with horses, wagons, artillery and other equipment organize for movement to the battle front. A series of newspapers is seen, with dates commencing.August 8, 1914.They report on German military actions. One dated August 21st reports German troops in Brussels. Another, dated September 3, 1914 reports the advance on Paris. One dated August 25th reports war in the East. A September 1st paper reports a great advance in France. German troops are seen trudging along in formation. a line of German military covered wagons entering a French town as other German soldiers busy themselves occupying it. Large numbers of French townspeople evacuate with belongings. some walk and carry goods in wheel barrows. Others leave in horse-drawn wagons. And some depart in automobiles. Occupying German troops are seen in cold weather clothing, at an outdoor mess. Their arms are stacked and they eat from personal mess gear. German soldiers airing out their bedding and settling into a park in a French town. Scene shifts to patrons at a crowded outdoor cafe in Berlin. A tram passes in the background.

Date: 1914
Duration: 2 min 36 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: German
 
 
America embraces marksmanship training after Spanish-American War. American troops fire weapons in World War I

The uses and importance of weapons since ancient times in the United States. Pages showing U.S Congress Act creating the National Bureau for the Promotion of Rifle Practice, 1903. Exteriors of the 71st Regiment National Guard Armory building in New York City at Park Avenue and 33rd Street. People enter the building. German troops on parade circa 1914. American troops mobilized for World War 1, and traveling on troop trains in 1918. Troops moving along a muddy road, with military supplies in wagons being pulled by horses. American soldiers firing their 1903 Springfield rifles, from a bunker in France. Americans firing a M1914 Hotchkiss air-cooled machine gun and another U.S. gun crew firing a Browning M1917 water-cooled machine gun. U.S. troops wearing gas masks, firing a trench mortar. American gun crew firing a 155mm howitzer (as some hold their ears).French troops walk past destroyed buildings above which a blimp is seen flying with French observers in a gondola suspended underneath.

Date: 1918
Duration: 1 min 35 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
U.S. AEF soldiers set up machine gun defenses North of Villers-Tournelle, during World War I

Two U.S. soldiers in a foxhole, set up a French Hotchkiss Model 1914 heavy machine gun, North of Villers-Tournelle, during World War I. Several American soldiers crawl across a field and set up another Hotchkiss machine gun on a tripod. One of the supporting soldiers runs forward to give the gunners two ammunition cannisters. Scene shifts to another team setting up a Hotchkiss Model 1909 light machine gun, on a tripod. Soldiers with ammunition are seen in background. Several American machine gunners step through their own barbed wire defenses to set up another Hotchkiss Model 1909 light machine gun. A machine gun crew firing a Hotchkiss Model 1914, pointed skyward. One feeds strips of 8mm lebel ammunition into the gun. (World War 1. WWI. WW1)

Date: 1918, May
Duration: 2 min 14 sec
Sound: No
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
 
Montage of World War I scenes. Postwar French military preparedness. Tensions between Germany and France early in World War II.

German cavalry on horseback entering Belgium and Berman infantry marching in France, at the start of World War 1 (1914). The famed Taxicab army is seen carrying French soldiers in Paris. General Ferdinand Foch reviewing elements of the French 9th Army. French and British troops firing a British BL 8-inch howitzer. French troops rushing across no-man's land of trenches and barbed wire, as shells burst. German soldiers taken prisoners in trench. General Foch shaking hands with U.S. General Pershing, aboard a U.S. warship. Sketch of signing of the armistice, November 1, 1918 on a railway carriage at Compiegne. Monument to Marshal Foch. Monument to Minister of War, Andre Maginot. concrete being poured. French construction of the Maginot Line. Animated illustrated cross-section of the line.View of troops moving on rail cars in the Maginot line. Glimpse of Maginot line guns on surface. At outbreak of World War 2, French troops deploy to the Maginot line. French troops inside bunkers and tunnels of Maginot Line. Marshal Petain reviewing the troops as they deploy. Muzzle of a Maginot line gun. Hitler with Military Chiefs planning. View of French Foreign Minsister, Aristide Briand,during signing of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand antiwar pact in Paris.Frank R. Kellogg, U.S. Secretary of State at the table to Briand's left. His signature on the document. A field full of French Morane 406 airplanes. French airman poses with Potez 58 airplane. French AMC 34 tanks. Crowd milling about at Renault Building and unrest elswhere in Paris, France. Newspapers chronicle failure of the League of Nations. Movie cartoon about weakening of France by Nazi inspired social strife and sabotage. French Army troops in mess hall eat at long tables and pour wine with meal. Idle French troops across the Rhine River targeted by German propaganda and psychological warfare including banners; messages by balloons;German bands playing French tunes; large loudspeakers broadcasting in French.

Date: 1943
Duration: 5 min 51 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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