Final preparations before Memorial Day ceremonies at the Suresnes cemetery in 1919. The Hillside at Suresnes cemetery is filled with spectators and an honor guard cordon of French soldiers in uniform, surrounds the cemetery proper. Large American flag flies at half mast. Several women and a child walk on path. People surround a covered monument in center of the cemetery. Rows of crosses mark graves of the fallen. French tricolor flag flying high in the background. Crosses decorated with small American and French flags. A monument at center of cemetery is covered with flowers and flags. An American army officer walks up to the monument and appears to be inspecting everything.
U.S. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson signs the declaration of war during World War I. U.S. ships sink after torpedo attacks. United States troops aboard a troop carrier ship bound tor France. Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Franklin D. Roosevelt. U.S. troops disembarking on docks in France. Navy ships being built in U.S. shipyard. Allied troops attack across no man's land. Allied rail gun firing. U.S.Soldiers fire howitzers. Smoke pours out of Allied biplane aircraft after being shot down. German troops fighting in trenches. A horse falls into a trench after being shot. Tanks in action. Tanks advance and fire. German machine gunners. German prisoners walk in a line. American troops in France celebrate the end of hostilities with the Armistice on the 11th hour of 11th day of 11th month, 1918. The American flag flies on a pole as a symbol of victory. Huge crowds of Americans celebrate in Manhattan, New York city, waving newspapers with headlines announcing German surrender. In 1919, President Wilson and General John (Black Jack) Pershing review victorious American troops marching in Chaumont, France (Pershing's headquarters). Franklin D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy with Secretary of the Navy, Daniels, in France. U.S. troops board transport ships for home. Returning U.S. Armies hold a victory parade in Manhattan, New York City, where they parade through a temporary Victory Arch constructed expressly for the purpose in Madison Square. Hydrogen balloons decorate the Arch. New York City mounted police monitor the crowds.
Early historic aviation footage focusing on French aviation pioneers like Gabriel Voisin and Alberto Santos-Dumont. An early French float plane taking off and landing. Multiwing box-like aircraft. Two early French monoplanes. Early aircraft that set performance records. 1919 picture of Baroness de la Rouche,world's first woman flyer, who was licensed in 1910 (and killed in accident in 1919). Additional scenes of historical French aircraft and a scene with American pilot Glenn Curtiss.
Panning View from a nearby hill, overlooking an American World War I cemetery, somewhere in France, as seen in 1919. It is layed out in the form of a long rectangle, with white roads and paths enclosing and crisscrossing the entire area, so that each individual row of graves is bounded by a white path. Its major roads intersect at a circle with flagpole at the center. The cemetery is in a level field surrounded by pastureland, except for the overlooking hill from which it is photographed. Scene shifts to Argonne American cemetery in France. Aerial views of graves. Foliage at the hill side. Plantings form letters of cemetery name i.e."Argonne Cemetery," at the edge of the field of crosses. The American flag flies at the cemetery. Individual Graves are seen marked with numbered white crosses bearing names of fallen American soldiers of World War 1. Several markers bear the cross of David, at graves of Jewish American soldiers. Closeups of some crosses near end of sequence. One is numbered 201, and reads: "George C. Long, Pvt. CO M. 327 Inf.
Group of United States military officers. Colonel Edward Mandell House, American diplomat and politician, sharing information. Georges Benjamin Clemenceau, Prime minister of France and Ferninand Foch,Marshal of France leaving the 10 Downing street in Paris. View of Hotel Elysees Palace and Hotel Crillon. Arrival and departure of guests at hotel Crillon. Admiral William S. Benson,Chief of U.S. Naval Operations and Henry white, a prominent U.S. diplomat leaving hotel Crillon.
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.