Nazi rally in Nuremberg, Germany ca.1934. Massed Storm troopers and spectators salute Hitler.An artillery piece is fired. Hitler personally recognizing loyal Storm troopers. Animated map of Asia, showing Japanese occupation of Manchuria, and Italian occupation of Ethiopia. Newspaper headlines describe Britain and France hesitating to support League of Nations oil sanctions against Italy; and U.S. increasing its oil exports to Italy by 600% (ca. 1935). Hitler and Hermann Goering looking pleased in Hitler's private railroad car. Adolf Hitler at a planning table covered with maps. German citizens traveling abroad and Joachim von Ribbentrop visiting London, as ambassador to Great Britain, in 1936. View of Léon Degrelle and his Catholic-fascist, Rexist party in Belgium (ca. 1936). View of Colonel Francois de la Rocque speaking at a Cross of Fire (Croix-de-Feu) party night rally in France.Konrad Henlein,leader of the Sudeten German Party in Czechoslovakia. Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Austrian National Socialist official, seen in an automobile during a parade. Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, addressing followers and defending Hitler. Street scenes of public disorder attributed to Nazi sympathizers in France and Belgium. Mass meeting of the German American Bund in Madison Square Garden, New York City,1939. U.S. flags and picture of George Washington decorate stage. Fritz Julius Kuhn addresses the gathering and members rough up a protester. Views of heavy industry in Germany, especially steel manufacturing for remilitarization. Persons working at a German concentration camp. Dramatized execution by machine gun. View of Heinrich Himmler. German President Paul von Hindenburg. German national conscription of 1935. German youth training pilots with gliders. German paratroopers, Junkers 52 aircraft, soldiers goosestep, tanks. Ju 87 Stuka plane. German invasion of Rhineland, 1936. Construction of Siegfried Line. Antitank barriers, bunkers, dragons teeth. Hitler visiting Westwall. German military parade.
Port City scene flying flags with white cross on dark field. Leaders of Germany, France and United States are seen. U.S.President Herbert Hoover and Prime Minister Albert Sarraut of France, are each seen stepping from their respective cars. Military parades are conducted in various European countries. Building construction is seen taking place in Germany. German notables are seen, including the boxing champion, Max Schmeling. German film director at work. Views of the Graf Zeppelin.
Famous passengers aboard ocean liner SS Manhattan (later USS Wakefield during World War 2) in the United States. Flashbacks show USS Manhattan being christened by Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt on 5th December, 1931. It is seen being launched from New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden New Jersey. View of maiden voyage on 10th August,1932, with passengers boarding the ship. It leaves a port for her first trip to Thailand, England, Germany and France. The passengers dance aboard the deck of SS Manhattan. Passengers including Babe Ruth, Jimmy Walker, Glenn Cunningham, and aviator Douglas Corrigan ("Wrong Way Corrigan") seen aboard the ship.
Ethiopian flier Colonel Hubert Fauntleroy Julian (nicknamed The Black Eagle) arriving back in New York, United States aboard the ocean liner Île de France. Hubert Julian, of Harlem, is returning from Abyssinia (Ethiopia) where Emperor Selassie had invited him to take part in the Emperor's coronation. But Colonel Julian returned after crashing one of the Emperor's planes (a de Havilland Gipsy Moth that was a gift to the Emperor) during a coronation rehearsal. (According to the New York Times of November 1, 1930, the Emperor "ordered him out of the country in disgrace.") Colonel Julian poses for the camera. A puppy in the background on the deck of the Ile de France.
Allied military and some civilians gather for a ceremony at a destroyed cathedral (possibly Saint Martin's cathedral at Ypres, France), in World War 1. Scots Guards in kilts are seen among the assembled military. A ladder is seen and something is being raised by a hoist in the background,as preliminary cleanup is being undertaken. Scene shifts to point of view footage from a moving rail car on the Suspension Railway (Schwebebahn) in Barmen-Elberfeld Germany. At first it travels above a street in the city. Then it is seen moving over the Wupper River, in the Elberfeld region, as another suspension rail train approaches from the opposite direction. It continues traveling along (above) the waterway. (Note: Barmen-Elberfeld was re-named Wuppertal in 1930. The Schwebebahn is still in operation today, and is the oldest operating transportation monorail in the world. It is now called the Wuppertal Suspension Railway. Its original full name is: "Electric Elevated Railway (Suspension Railway) Installation, Eugen Langen System" (Anlage einer elektrischen Hochbahn (Schwebebahn), System Eugen Langen)).
Film opens showing people assembled at a celebratory dinner, honoring French aviators, Captain Dieudonne Costes and Lieutenant Maurice Bellonte, who on September 1, 1930, flew their Breguet XIX aircraft,"Le Point d'Interrogation" (The Question Mark) non-stop from Paris to New York, and thence to Dallas Texas,landing at Love Field, Dallas, on September 4th,where they were greeted by 30,000 aviation enthusiasts. They are being honored by William Edward (Colonel) Easterwood, Jr., a Texas philanthropist and aviation enthusiast who had offered a $25,000 prize for the first one-stop flight from Paris to New York to Dallas,Texas. Colonel Easterwood delivers congratulatory remarks, and presents his check for the prize to the fliers. Closeup of the Easterwood check. Broadcast microphones are placed close to Colonel Easterwood and the fliers. Next, the fliers stand near the end of the event. Scene shifts completely to Costes and Bellonte with their aircraft, "The Question Mark, aboard a steamship, ready to sail back to France. Closup of the aircraft with large question mark painted on its side along with names of cities world-wide to which it had flown. Among these are: Hanoi; Calcutta; Karachi; Alepo; Athens; Rome; Paris; and New York. (Note: There is a display at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, Dallas Love Field, that includes the actual prize check as well as a panoramic picture of the "Question Mark" landing in Dallas, along with a plaque commemorating the event.)