Opening slate, in English, identifies location. Views from window of a railroad train moving quickly past countryside in Galicia during World War 1. Orchards and country cottages are seen. A small stream runs beside the railroad. A seemingly abandoned and overgrown castle on small hill close to the railroad, is seen as the train passes. There is little evidence of war. Change of scene shows Russian soldier walking through ruins of what was once a stately building, in Galicz (aka Halicz; Halych;or Galich). Remains of a destroyed steel bridge over the Dniester River. A narrow pontoon bridge has been erected next to it. A Russian river gunboat is stationary in the river, near the pontoon bridge. View from underneath of the destroyed steel bridge. A Russian officer on horseback seen after crossing the pontoon bridge.
Relative oil production of the United States and other countries for the year 1914 is depicted. A political map of the United States shows some states with dots and some with crosses and some states with dots and crosses both. A box on the top left corner of the map shows the state of Alaska. A map of the continent of South America with oil production of some of its countries. A box on the top right side of the map shows oil production in Trinidad. A map of Russia shows its neighboring countries such as Germany, Galicia, Roumania and others. Relative oil production in these countries is depicted using crosses and dots. Boxes on the top right corner of the map show relative oil production in Japan and Formosa. Another map shows India, Tibet and neighboring countries. Relative oil production in these countries is depicted. A box in the lower middle of the map shows relative oil production in Dutch East Indies.
Austro-Hungarian officers under the command of General Eduard Freiherr von Bohm-Ermolli enter the city after recapturing Lemberg (aka Lviv) in Galicia (the part now in Ukraine) from the Russians in World War 1. Citizens line the sidewalks to watch as a motorcade of Austrian officers, in open staff cars, drive into the city. Soldiers are posted along the street,to maintain order, but several bystanders still manage to run into the street to throw flowers to the passing cars. Monsignor Count Andrew Sheptytzkyj (aka Andrey Sheptytsky) the Archbishop Metropolite of the Uniate Greek Catholic Church, is seen in the midst of a group of senior Austro-Hungarian officers. The Archbishop had been imprisoned by the Russians,during their occupation of Lemberg. He converses with one of the officers. (WWI; WW1)
Russian General and his staff officers walk between formations of Russian troops lined on either side of a road during World War 1. As the General reaches the end of troop formation, he stops to greet the Regiment's Priest who stands near the troops. In the next scene, the Priest blesses the Regiment, as a military band plays. He then kneels and the entire regiment follows to pray, concluding by making the sign of the cross on their chests. The next scene shows the troops massed on one side of the San River, and a boat carrying about 20 soldiers makes its way across the rapidly flowing waters, by means of a cable stretched across the river. A larger boat is seen emptied of soldiers at a landing on the opposite side. The soldiers are walking along a path up a hill. The bigger boat is seen filled with soldiers and an artillery caisson, ready to cross the river. Some soldiers water their horses in the river. Women and children line up at an army outdoor kitchen set up near what appears to be a school building. They receive food from the Army cooks. (WWI; WW1)
Russian cavalry demonstrating a charge during their advance on Prezemysl, Galicia, Austria, (present-day Poland) during World War I. The officers wield sabers and a number of the cavalry carry lances.
Cossacks dance in Galicia after a battle during World War 1. Horses on a field. Soldiers and officers watch the horses. Trees in the background. Cossacks dance. Other cossacks watch them. (WWI; WW1)