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.
Film opens showing Saint Michael's Archangel Church at 310 Pulaski Street, in the Polish section of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Snow is seen on some church stairs. But the main entrance is cleared and some parishioners are entering there. Many others are emerging from other exits. (The Marchlinski brothers, Joseph and Anthony, have been identified walking towards the left at TC: 00:24 through 00:27.) Various views of parishioners leaving the church. All are in winter clothes. Closeups of some as they pass the camera. View of church cornerstone displaying the date: September 2, 1907 and St. Michael Church (in Polish). Closeup of men conversing on sidewalk near the church. Most wear fedora hats. But one, who seems somewhat senior, wears a bowler. Ladies and gentlemen are seen wearing hats.
A pilot wearing a 1907 uniform walks up to a Bleriot XI aircraft. The pilot climbs into the cockpit of the aircraft. View from tail, up the length of the plane, toward pilot in cockpit. Close up views of the pilot as he works the tail rudder and elevator controls of the parked plane.