Variety of events in World War I years. German merchant submarine Deutschland (a British blockade buster) in 1916 in the United States (then neutral), departing New London, Connecticut on November 21, 1916 headed back to Germany carrying silver bullion. The submarine had just completed repairs following a collision with the tugboat T.A. Scott Jr. when first attempting to leave New London on November 16, 1916. The North German Lloyd Shipping Company submarine Deutschland is seen leaving the dock at New London, Connecticut. The officers on the submarine Deutschland wave. View of a submarine under water. An officer blowing a bugle aboard the deck of an Italian naval torpedo boat. Italian sailors prepare a deck gun on the vessel. The deck gun is fired. An explosion in the water. View of Austro-Hungarian Battleship SMS Szent Istvan (Saint Stephen), capsizing and rolling after it is torpedoed off the Dalmation Coast of the Adriatic Sea by Italian torpedo boats on June 10, 1918. Survivors being rescued in small boats. View of a merchants vessels at dock and in a harbor. View of survivors of the May 1915 Lusitania disaster, with belongings, arriving in a harbor. Men and women with children posing. Two small girls pose among the group of Lusitania survivors.
The German U-boat submarine, Deutschland, repaired after a 16 November, 1916 collision with the tugboat "T.A. Scott Jr.", leaves U.S. for Germany on 21 November, 1916. The launch "Efco" opens the pontoon fence guarding the submarine's berth, and the submarine slowly moves out of the dock area. She carries 6.5 tons of silver bullion on this successful British blockade-evading voyage back to Germany.
Events during World War 1. Sketches : In November 1916 newspaper shows Wilson reelected as a president. Cartoon depict the people of America supporting the Wilson's policy of peace. Several sketches of Thomas Woodrow Wilson after winning the election. Second inaugural of President Wilson at the United States capitol in Washington D.C. The German High Command in Berlin. Posters show the hardships of German citizens due to Allied blockade. Germany announces unrestrained submarine warfare against all vessels. Posters of the Germans destroying the American ships. The New York times reports German demarche to Japan and Mexico for support to Germany. Sketch depicts Germany Secretary of foreign affairs, Arthur Zimmermann seeks these alliances. Theodore Roosevelt addresses people. Several sketches of Woodrow Wilson. On April 2nd 1917 President Woodrow Wilson obtains declaration of war against Germany, from congress. American enters the conflict. U.S. Soldiers carry weapons in the battle field. sketches of several American officials. People work in factories to produce war materiel. A person with posters promoting Liberty bonds. A blindfolded person draws numbers from a bowl for civilian conscription. Citizens entering military service. People in a railroad train and others stand outside. People holding baggage walk in a group. A doctor checks the mouth of a recruit. Army recruit getting a haircut. Soldier stands holding guns. Soldiers practice firing artillery. Soldiers march. American recruits practice on wooden guns. Several sketches of the allied armies.
Official opening of Germany's Olympic stadium (Deutsches Stadion) on the 25th Anniversary of the Kaiser's coronation. Kaiser Wilhelm and Empress Augusta Viktoria, in their carriage, drive into the center of the new stadium grounds (Deutsches Stadion) built near Berlin, to host the 1916 Olympics. They are accompanied by several horse guards. The Kaiser is dressed in Hussar uniform including fur Busby adorned with Totenkopf (Death Head) emblem. The Royal couple step from their carriage. In next sequence, they are seen silhouetted with a number of dignitaries, under a canopy. Members of various athletic clubs parade across the grounds, carrying banners and flags, many adorned with award ribbons. The Kaiser watches from under the canopy, with Empress Augusta Viktoria, standing behind him. The Kaiser salutes some marchers. A large contingent of girls marches past, all dressed in dark skirts and white blouses. Bicyclists race around a track, as spectators watch from the stadium stands. A formation of men and one of women perform calisthenics in unison on the field. Another glimpse under the canopy, shows the Empress conversing with an officer behind her, dressed in Hussar garb, similar to the Kaiser, who continues to salute as various groups pass in review.
On June 8, 1913, the 25th anniversary of his coronation, Kaiser Wilhelm II presided over the inauguration of the new stadium (Deutsches Stadion) built near Berlin,to host the 1916 Olympics. These scenes were recorded immediately after those ceremonies. A German Admiral exits from a stadium building. Soon after, Kaiser Wilhelm II, exits, conversing with German Chancellor, Theobald von Bethmann-Hollweg. The Kaiser is attired in Hussar dress uniform with Totenkopf (Death Head) on his fur busby. A German officer salutes and directs the Kaiser to athletes (German Olympic hopefuls) standing to the side, whom he introduces to the Kaiser. The Chancellor turns back into the building, and Empress Augusta Viktoria emerges and stands nearby, as the Kaiser speaks with the athletes and shakes hands with several of them. He chats amicably with the introducing officer, who smiles and salutes. The Kaiser then climbs into a waiting carriage in which the Empress is already seated. She holds a booklet or program in her hand. Attendants place a carriage robe over the Royal Couple and the carriage departs. Spectators watching the Royals are seen behind a railing at the Grunewald Race Course track (part of the complex). The broad expanse of athletic grounds is behind them. Final scenes show many youth, walking along at the end of the ceremonies. in various uniforms (representing schools or clubs). some carry programs. some wear sashes on their outfits.Family groups are also seen. Stadium seats are seen briefly in background to the left. A group of girls wearing dark skirts and white blouses with dark ties, are among the various small groups of youtn walking together. (Note: The Deutsches Stadion was located in an area reserved as a Peoples' Park, by the Kaiser, in 1904. The property was leased for 30 years, in 1907, by the Union-Klub for the Grunewald Race Course. But it also continued to serve general sports activities. The stadium was built on the race course grounds.)
Officers on bridge of the auxiliary Cruiser SMS Möwe, homeward bound from raiding activities in the Atlantic, during winter of 1916. Small ice floes seen around the wake of the Moewe. As they approach Germany, an armed fishing steamer signals them to halt at once. View of the fishing steamer. A motor launch also approaches the Möwe through ice strewn waters. Numerous prisoners taken by the SMS Möwe are assembled on her deck. Her Captain, Count Nikolaus zu Dohna-Schlodien, addresses his crew and then salutes them as he prepares to board the motor launch to report onshore. view of the Count standing aboard the motor launch as it makes way in the harbor. Later, Admiral Reinhard Scheer, Commander of the High Seas Fleet, comes aboard the Möwe to congratulate its Captain and crew for their successes. He is seen addressing them and then exchanging salutes with Count Nikolaus zu Dohna-Schlodien. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)