Opening scene shows some Italian statesmen and naval officers boarding the Italian royal yacht Trinacria, anchored in the harbor, at Gaeta, Italy. Next, British King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra and daughter, Princess Victoria, are seen posing on the Trinacria's deck, with Italian King Victor Emmanuel III, who is engaged in conversation with the British monarch. Princess Victoria is the center of attention of a group of Italian naval officers. King Edward VII lights a cigarette, throws his match overboard, and smokes while the group continues posing for pictures. He shakes hands with an elder Italian statesman. The two kings converse and Victor Emmanuel III speaks to one of his officials, as Edward VII continues to meet members of the Italian party. (Reportedly, lunch was served in the saloon of the Trinacria, after which King Edward,Queen Alexandra and Princess Victoria returned to the British Royal Yacht, HMY Victoria and Albert III, and sailed to Naples.)
United States troops and equipment advance in Gaeta, Italy during World War 2. Aerial views of the damage caused to buildings in Gaeta from bombings. Damaged buildings in the city. Debris in the streets. Troops, half tracks and artillery roll through the ruins.
The Italian Campaign during World War II. An American soldier inspects a damaged German Kettenkrad tracked motorcycle abandoned at a roadside. Allied truck, jeeps, halftracks, and towed field artillery moving along a road. Sign on road near destroyed buildings identifies Highway 7 and points to towns of Gaeta, Velletri, Albano, Genzano, and Rome. U.S. Sherman tank on road passing bombed out buildings. Allied military ambulances on the road. More views of destroyed buildings. A damaged Sherman tank. A damaged German tank. A U.S. soldier climbs out his bunker carved out of rubble.
Earliest motion pictures captured at the turn of the 20th century in Europe. Berlin 1895: Otto Von Bismarck, Chancellor of Germany, addresses Germans about the need for 'blood and iron'. Large crowd gathered at a Berlin square to hear him. England, 1903: The future Prince of Wales plays with his brother Albert and sister Mary at the Winter Castle. The two boys hold toy guns. Moscow, 1907: Nicholas II, Tsar of Russia, at a gathering with military officials and other dignitaries. A large crowd outside the palace. Germany, 1910: Kaiser Wilhelm II along with other military officials at an orphanage. Children put up a show for the German Emperor. Orphan children posing with the Kaiser.
Mankind's earliest attempts at achieving heavier-than-air flight, and footage of early and historic flight and aircraft. Animated film clip showing imaginary rocket in flight. View from an airplane taking off with other aircraft and terminal buildings seen outside. A caption reading "We can fly." Views from airplane windows of scenes below, including a town, bodies of water, Alpine lodges, and snow-covered mountains. (Views are from a Ju52 passenger plane, the corrugated wings, of which are seen.) Some views are out of the small round port window of the airplane. Sequence shifts to film reenactment of Otto Lilienthal setting up one of his gliders, and running downhill to launch it (circa 1895). A still photo of Lilienthal aloft in one of his gliders. View of German Karl Jatho's airplane, circa 1903. The American Wright brothers airplane being started and taking off. The Wright Flyer airplane in flight. The Voisin-Farman I airplane in flight. it was built by Frenchman Gabriel Voisin and flown by aviator Henri Farman in 1907. Danish inventor-engineer,Jacob Christian Hansen-Ellehammer, in his airplane, 1906. Louis Bleriot inspects his airplane, circa 1909. A pilot (not Bleriot) sits cockpit of a Bleriot airplane with engine running. He taxis and takes off.A biplane built by Gabriel Voisin in flight, circa 1909. A light monoplane built by German aviator,Hans Grade,takes off, flies a while, and lands again,at an air show in 1909. The pilot crawls out of the airplane.Photograph of The Etrich Taube (AKA Rumpler Taube) monoplane,in flight. It was designed in 1909 by Igo Etrich of Austria-Hungary, and first flown in 1910.
King George V and Queen Mary at the Coronation Durbar arena in Delhi, India, in 1911. They are seen under the royal canopy, surrounded by troops wearing White helments, white gloves, and white puttees. Complete change of scene shows women on horse-drawn floats in a suffrage movement parade on 42nd street, East of 5th Avenue in New York City, circa 1912. A woman dressed as Columbia stands in the first float,wearing a banner with word "Suffrage" on it. and some men supporters march in the parade. Crowds watch from the sidewalks. Uniformed policemen escort the marchers. Several women ride in a second float, wearing various costumes, including those of 17th Century pilgrims and of the 18th Century revolutionary war era. The float displays an American flag and some other type, as well. An automobile festooned with flowers, follows behind. The final scene shifts to London, England, circa 1905, and shows women's suffrage leader, Emmeline Pankhurst, carrying a bouquet of flowers, as she is escorted by a gentleman, out of a professional office building. One sign on the building reads,"Goodale, Hobson, & MacHahon.This refers to William Goodale, Alfred Allen Hobson, and Patrick Maurice MacMahon, Solicitors, 9, Essex Street, Strand London, England. (Note: that firm dissolved in 1907.)