Anachronistic mixture of scenes from Germany, circa 1935, Italy, circa 1915, and World War 2. Opening sequence shows Waffen SS troops goosestepping on parade in Nuremberg,Bavaria, circa 1935. Then a scene is inserted of Italian Generalissimo Luigi Cadorna, Chief of Staff, Italian Army, in World War 1, who salutes while reviewing troops. This is followed by scenes of grim-faced civilians watching German forces occupy their countries in World War II. Finally a radio tower and antenna are shown.
Despite wartime, the famous German derby (Deutsches Derby) race is run as usual,at the Horner racecourse (Horner Rennbahn) in Hamburg, during World War 1. Two German sportsmen chat as they sit on lawn chairs at the racecourse. They wear boots, and one has driving goggles on his hat and smokes a cigar. Two uniformed German Army officers are seen standing amongst the crowd. A section of grandstand with flags flying atop it, in the background. Scene shifts to what looks like thousands of spectators crowded between the grandstands and the racetrack. Horses seen leaving the paddock and entering the racetrack proper, with jockeys aboard and escorted by their owners or trainers. Closeup of American jockeys, George William Archibald at left and Fred Korb, at right, chatting with German racing enthusiasts before the start. View from the racecourse infield, as horses and riders pass the grandstands. View from the inside railing as they pass. At end of race, German Jockey Willy Plüschke, is seen riding the winning 3-year old, Pontresina, of the Richard Haniel Stables, toward the winner circle. (The prize is 125 thousand marks.)
Events during World War I. Sketches : workers in a German arms factory. German soldiers advance towards France. Animation of a map shows the German invasion of France through Belgium. Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German Emperor. Buildings damaged by invading Germans. U.S. president Thomas Woodrow Wilson advises Americans to stay calm. American people read papers. Cartoon depicts the President about his domestic reforms. The German atrocities in Belgium. Man holds a dead person. Sketch depicts Germany crushing everything on its way. The apprehensive people of America. Sketches of American man against a German leader. Trucks and taxi cabs on the Orne river. A gun barrel. Bombs being dropped on the German ships. Worker at a factory in America. Sketch of a man standing beside a flag having the dollar sign shows the prosperous America. Sketch shows the various resources required by the American industries. An American ship carrying war materiel. Sailors in German submarines. German submarines target allied ships. Sketches of U.S. president Wilson warning Germany. On 1st May 1915 RMS Lusitania a British luxury ship at sea as it starts from New York. Paper shows a warning by the German government. A German sailor on board a submarine as it targets a ship. The RMS Lusitania ship sinks killing many, including Americans. The U.S. secretary of State William Jennings Bryan and Thomas Woodrow Wilson with other officials. The former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt addresses people opposing President Wilson's policy. The President prepares a note for Germany. Sketch of U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan during his resignation. Sketch of Kaiser Wilhelm II.
View of picture of 1908 McLauglin-Buick and 1915 sedan auto. Map of Europe with German Iron Cross superimposed. Newspapers running off presses. Headline on paper reading, 'Arch Duke Assassinated.' Headline reading, 'Germany Declares War; All Europe is in Arms.' Headline reading, 'Germany Invades France', superimposed over German troops marching in background. Headline, 'French Resist at Marne.' Headline, 'Lusitania Sunk' with picture of the ship. Newspaper presses running. Printer reading paper with headlines 'U.S. Declares War.' Paper reading, 'U.S. At War.' Headline, 'U.S. Troops Land in France.' Billboard sign, 'Beat Back the Hun With Liberty Bonds' superimposed over picture of troops marching in background. Ships under construction. Destroyer underway.
German World War 1 U-boat campaign accelerates in 1915. A three-masted schooner slowly sinks after being attacked by a German submarine. A German UB-III class submarine underway on the surface emitting smoke from a stack on the stern deck. A small one-stack merchantman sinking after U-boat attack. Slate refers to German food shortages due to allied blockade, and states U-boat warfare is Germany's answer. Another view of the German UB (coastal torpedo attack boat) submarine. Captain of a U-boat at his periscope. View from periscope of several Allied warships. A submarine slowly submerging to periscope depth. Naval guns in triple turrets of a British dreadnaught fire salvos. Explosion from depth charge raises large column of water. A torpedo leaving a bubble trail as it moves through the water. Starboard aft view of British battle cruiser underway. She has two turrets of heavy guns mounted on her aft deck and two smaller ones in sponsons on her aft starboard side. A British 4-stacker destroyer underway. (WWI; WW1)
Turkish leader Sultan Vahideddin (Mehmed VI) leaves palace in Constantinople via horse-drawn carriage. Turkish leader Enver Pasha shares open car with Kaiser Wilhelm II during Pasha's visit to Germany in March, 1915. Huge parade and assembly in Constantinople, Turkey, as it mobilizes in World War 1. Scene of German Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, posing with his staff officers in World War I era.