Germany celebrates completion of the widening of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal (aka Kiel Canal) allowing dreadnought warships to navigate directly between the Baltic and North Seas. German Stern view of a German Nassau-class battleship near the canal. Camera pans across the water showing several other large ships and buildings in background. German Naval officers celebrate the completion of the wider canal. Ice forming on the bow of a German warship as it plows through the North sea in Winter. Sheets of ice covering the sides of other warships. German warships forming lines as they practice battle maneuvers. The Crown Prince William and Prince Joachim of Germany along with other young men and women.
Life of German Field Marshal and President Paul Von Hindenburg in Germany. Officers and civilians at the Tannenberg Memorial. They hold Nazi flags at a rally commemorating Germany's defeat of Russian invasion in August 1914 during World War I. Paul Von Hindenburg walks on a path. Officers lined up on either side. Hindenburg greets Adolf Hitler at the Tannenberg Memorial.
A map of Europe with German cross superimposed on it. Shows various newspaper headlines about World War I. First one indicating the death of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914; next "Germany Declares War - All Europe in Arms"; next "Germany Invades France"; then "French Resist at Marne"; then "Lusitania Sunk", followed by "U.S. Declares War." The latter is seen after an image of a newspaper printing press running at high speed. A worker at the printing plant stands beside the printing press and reads the newspaper. Various headlines about America entering into World War I, including "U.S. At War" and "U.S. Troops Land in France." Scene shows several posters to promote Liberty Bonds; one reads, "Beat Back the Hun with Liberty Bonds." U.S. Navy ships being constructed during World War 1 at a shipyard. Ships at piers as men work on them. A U.S. vessel underway at sea. A United States destroyer underway at sea.
Mix of actual footage and scenes with actors. Professor in laboratory extolling virtues of international research and researchers, in science and medicine. Voice-over with German accent speaks about inferior peoples and the scenes darken. Images of Nazi, Fascist, Japanese leaders and their followers including Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, Pierre Laval, Oswald Moseley, Fritz Kuhn, Japanese Emperor Hirohito, Rudolf Hess (or Heß), Julius Streicher, Joseph Goebbels, Heinrich Himmler and Benito Mussolini. Footage from World War I era shows rubble of bombardent in French cities and towns, and French citizen refugees leaving homes with hand pulled wagon carts. Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm descends steps and reviews cheering German Army forces in 1914. French poster calls for military mobilization. Mobilized French soldiers march in France as citizens cheer them off to war. Explosions of shells on World War 1 battlefield. French "taxicab army" of French military vehicle line leaving Paris. Battles of Verdun and Chemin des Dames showing French artillery and French soldiers. David Lloyd George confers with Clemenceau. Close ups of General Foch and then of General Joffre. Armament factory in France manufacturing arms in World War 1. British battle scenes at Passchendale and Ypres. Scenes of U.S. battles at Chateau Thierry, the Argonne. U.S. Marines battling at Balleau Wood and Cantigny. Lloyd George greets citizens in England. Close up of British General Haig. American General John J Pershing greets French Generals in World War I. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson is shown. World War II era events: Adolf Hitler addressing a crowd. Brownshirt SA soldiers and other German Army soldiers march and goosestep. Remilitarized Germany invades Poland and France. Hermann Goering reviews marching troops. Close up side view of Hitler giving Nazi salute to cheering troops. German artillery and railroad guns fired and tanks advance. French civilian women and children refugees flee in carts as Luftwaffe aircraft strafes their path.
1914: Kaiser William II inspects his troops in Berlin, Germany. He shakes hands with military officers and greets other officials. The Kaiser's cousin and heir apparent to the Austrian thrown, Archduke Franz Ferdinand trains Teutonic soldiers. The troops on horses march. Officer greets ladies and children in horse carriages. The Kaiser and the Archduke hunt together. The two standing in a forest with their kill.
Berlin,Germany. Views of the Siegessaeule with Victory statue atop in Tiergarten Park. The Berliner Stadtschloss. The Berliner Dom or Berlin Cathedral. Person laying flowers at a 1914 World War I memorial. A man making a telephone call and women working at a telephone switchboard. Police in an open car blow trumpet style horn to get through traffic. Guardsmen control huge crowd as some dignitaries make their way into a building. Newspaper edition in a press, newsstand with many papers and magazines, people getting in and out of a tram. Cafe beside river Spree. Bridge over river Spree. People dancing in a large park. Brief moments of on-location background sound during some scenes.