Designs by various international scientists and inventors who have contributed to solving the problems of rocket motor development, based on the German preparatory work. Their combustion chamber designs owe much to the German pioneers in the field. Shown are design sketches by Russian scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Ziolkowsky) in 1914; French inventor Henri Melot, in 1920; German Friedrich Zander, in 1931; Bull, 1932; The American Rocket Society, with several designs from 1932; and The Cleveland Rocket Society. Views of rocket combustion research mactivity by Ernst Loebell of the Cleveland Rocket Society in 1933. He is seen outdoors in the snow with his apparatus. View of Loebell's test firing stand, and a picture of an actual test firing, outdoors. Ernst Loebell with model and rocket motor from his spaceship projects of 1934 and at the International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life held in Paris, 1937. Cutaway views of the spaceship. The rocket motor wrapped in cooling coils. Rocket motor design by John Shesta of the American Rocket Society, from 1934. Design by Rene Armengaud of France, in 1934 and Deich in 1935
Newspaper headline in Washington post reads 'United States and Germany at War'. Civilians recruited into the army. American pilots of the 103rd Aero Pursuit Squadron, in France, with their Spad aircraft. American airplane factories in operation. (Many women workers are seen.) Celebrations at end of World War I. Airplanes, under command of General Billy Mitchell bomb obsolete warships in demonstration. Postwar flyers and wing walkers. Stuntmen parachute from high buildings and airplanes. Aircraft flying forest fire patrols. Lieutenant Colonel Arnold commands emergency airlift and drop of food to snowbound Indians in American Southwest, in 1932. World War I scene of American 103rd Aero Pursuit Squadron Spad airplanes taking off, in France. Lieutenant Colonel Hap Arnold with his family.
A French woman with umbrella at a grave in Verdun battlefield. Official Dedication (inauguration) of the Verdun Ossuary at Douaumont, France, August 7, 1932. Seen is French General Henri Giraud, along with other officials. Soldier of French Colonial Regiment (Moroccan) dips tricolor flag embroidered with campaign symbols.
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.
The scene is on a hill top overlooking the plateau along the Marne River where the Battle of the Marne took place 18 years earlier. The occasion is the presentation, from the people of the United States, of a 130 foot high granite monument, commemorating the heroic defense by French troops in the Battle of the Marne. The monument, designed by Frederick MacMonnies, depicts La Belle France, supporting a wounded French infantryman, and was reportedly underwritten in part, by the contributions of pennies, nickles, and dimes from four million school children in the United States. French and American officials unveil the monument. Numerous spectators stand by to cheer and applaud. Armed soldiers hold national flags and salute in honor. U.S. Ambassador to France, Walter Evans Edge, gives presentation speech, as other dignitaries and people listen. (Note: At the time of this event, this was the largest carved granite monolith monument in the world, and viewed, by many Americans, as a gift of thanks to France for the statue of Liberty.)
The 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his daughter Anna Roosevelt and granddaughter Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall (sometimes known as Sistie) outside a building circa 1930. Roosevelt holds a cane while leaning against a column and plays with his grandson using the cane. People gather in the convention hall for the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt addresses them, speaking of the need to "break foolish traditions" and "to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people." The people applaud.