From "The Battle of the Somme." British Army at the Battle of Somme in France during World War 1. British infantry and cavalry units wait to move forward and get into trenches near Fricourt Mametz in France. At Bray platoons of Buff, Bedford, Suffolk and a battalion of Royal Welish Fusiliers lined up and march forward. Cavalry units also move forward. French farmers in fields, they tend the artillery horses and make them drink water. A General stands with a live fox in his arms (or possibly a slender dog), as soldiers stand beside and behind him in the background.
Battered German strongholds in Fricourt, France, during Battle of the Somme. Labor Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, repairs a road. Wreckage all around, destroyed fortifications. Dugouts 20- 30 feet under the level of the battlefield. A British soldier in a trench.
German funeral and reburial of German flying ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen, seven years after his death. (His body had been originally buried in France, first in Bertangles and later in Fricourt). German soldiers march led by a band. The horse-drawn coffin escorted to the Invalidenfriedhof Cemetery in Berlin. Dignitaries walking during the procession. Honor Guard fires gun salute. Clergy and honored guests performing graveside ceremony. General Paul von Hindenburg is seen along with many Pour le Mérite aces (also known as the Blue Max or Blauer Max), including Bäumer, Loerzer, Boenick, Bolle, and others carrying Richthofen's coffin. Also seen at 1:44 is Manfred von Richthofen's mother, Kunigunde Freifrau von Richthofen walking beside her youngest son (Manfred's youngest brother) Bolko von Richthofen (Karl Bolko Freiherr von Richthofen). Bolko had recovered the body from Fricourt and repatriated the remains.
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.
Victorious Allied troops walk behind a British Mark I tank (male) on a dirt road in France, after the battle of the Ancre at end of the 1916 Battle of the Somme, in World War 1. The troops appear relieved at the pause in hostilities and many cheer. Later, a large group of Allied troops relaxes and enjoys a meal of field rations, in a captured German position. A bonfire helps them keep warm. (Note: From British Government documentary "Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the tanks" shot during the 1916 Battle of the Ancre.)
Scene from feature film about World War 1, circa 1916, in France. British tank crosses a battlefield under fire. It is an MkV Supply Tank with dummy guns fitted to simulate a fighting tank. British troops sheltering in a shell-hole recognize it as friendly and follow it towards enemy lines, where it rides over the parapet of a German trench and crushes a machine-gun position.