Funeral parade in Germany in 1919, possibly sometime after the Spartacist Uprising in Berlin. Large crowd of people gather on both sides of a funeral parade route, with an industrial area and factory in the background. Band players at the parade. Two horse carts seen carrying eight coffins. Mourners in the parade process and some carry wreaths. Group preceding the caskets carries KPD flags with the Communist Party of Germany logo beneath the letters (hammer and sickle inside star).
Germany's military resurgence from the end of World War I through its reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936 and union with Austria in 1938. German war materiel piled up in scrap yards and aircraft engines being destroyed in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles after World War 1. Smoke stacks of war plants being toppled, aircraft hangars being destroyed, and warships being scuttled. German postwar armored cars for training. A soldier flexes the rubber gun barrel on one of them. French forces, including Colonials, occupying Coblenz (Koblenz) in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, after World War I. French soldiers on guard at the railroad station as a train pulls in. French colonial troops tending to their horses. A British soldier standing guard in front of a building displaying a placard with the Union Jack and word:"General Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, No.1 Building." French troops stationed in front of their headquarters and patrolling fences across railroad tracks at their occupational boundary. A large film slate announcing that the Rheinland is again free, followed by scenes of German troops re-occupying the Rhineland in 1936. Local citizens cheer the troops, who parade through a city and along the banks of the Rhein River. German sentries posted at The "Deutsche Eck" in Koblenz beside the monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Sign demarking boundary of Austria. Border guards opening the gates and German troops entering as crowds cheer. Adolf Hitler speaking before a huge crowd,immediately following the Anschluss (union of Germany with Austria) on 12 March 1938.
Succession of Berlin, Germany, newspapers shown, from 1918 through 1919, chronicling progress of war towards the World War 1 Armistice, and subsequent problems and conditions in postwar Germany. Newspaper of November 12, 1918 addresses concerns about the conditions and the price of the truce. Crowd stands on a road covered with snow around statue of the Kaiser, with scaffold around it. Crowd in a square in War Bond rally. One of crowd carries a Communist red flag. Newspaper refers to gunfire in Berlin from Unter den Linden to Friedrichstrasse. Newspaper announces the Kaiser's abdication, which is then illustrated by reversed footage showing the Kaiser walking backwards and being lifted into his automobile, which then drives away backwards. Returning German soldiers are happy to see the war end, and sing in their returning trucks. An officer inspects war trenches that are now empty. Newspaper announce increasing domestic problems . Newspapers raise issue of German prisoners of War held in foreign countries. Troops are seen moving in streets and at checkpoints in Germany.
Post-World War I life in Germany. German women on street selling food or wares as American soldiers walk by. German boy children gathered on street near American soldiers as they buy a Christmas tree from a vendor. The boys look at the camera with curiosity. An alley way is seen and several German girls pass by, one holding a milk jug.
Some 2000 Germans, interned at Fort Oglethorpe and Fort McPherson, are being repatriated after the end of the war, in 1919. They arrive by train at the port in Charleston, South Carolina, where they assemble with their personal belongings. They are assisted and supervised by U.S. Army soldiers. They board the USS Martha Washington transport ship. Another large ship is seen behind her at the pier. U.S. Navy officers and sailors are seen watching as the passengers board. Among the passengers are civilians who had been detained as suspected spies. They are boarding the ship with members of their families. A small child and a babe in arms are seen as well as other children. After boarding, passengers and crew line the deck of the ship. "USS Martha Washington," is clearly displayed on her side. She is seen moving slowly away from the pier and getting underway. to Germany.
Clip opens with scene from a play in Berlin entitled: The Star Shines Again. German officer stands on a stage and gives speech. Following street scenes and newspaper headlines illustrate the increasingly desperate conditions developing in postwar Germany following World War 1, culminating in declaration of martial law by the Ministry of Defense. Scenes of civil unrest and use of martial force to control the population during the German Revolution of 1918-1919. German soldiers and artillery in the streets work to control unrest of German citizens. Massive crowd of German citizens running and dispersing in panic on streets of Berlin. Newspaper headlines describe the unrest.