The German light cruiser, SMS (KMS) Emden, leaving Wilhelmshaven, Germany, November 14,1926 on a worldwide training cruise. She is the third German warship to carry the name, "Emden." The ship's company, including many naval cadets, pose before departure. Some members pose on the dock, others her deck, and some are seen aloft on her upper structures. View of the ship's bow with Imperial shield visible above the anchor and a German cross affixed to her prow. The pier is crowded with family, friends, and interested spectators. After the official photographs have been taken, the ship's company prepare for their journey. Views from a high point nearby of the Emden in what is probably the Reichsmarinewerft naval shipyard. Cranes ships, docks, and other shipyard equipment and activities are seen in the background. The scene shifts to the ship ready to depart, with everyone at duty stations aboard. Smoke rises from the Emden's stacks as she leaves the pier and proceeds seaward on a world cruise, from which she will not return until March 1928.
U.S. 9th Army infantrymen, wearing U.S. M1926 Life belts as part of their battle gear, advance through destroyed German Town of Linnich, Germany, in World War 2. Wreckage and rubble of destroyed buildings,everywhere. Infantrymen enter a building, one at a time, through a hole in the wall. . U.S. medic treating the wounded can be seen in the background. A field medical station with red cross outside, is set up in a bombed out structure. A U.S. amphibious assault vehicle drives through the town.
Montage of scenes illustrating development of mechanized warfare beginning with American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) engaged in World War I. Infantry moving out of trenches and advancing on battlefield. U.S. troops firing Browning M1917 machine gun,1903 Springfield rifles, and Stokes mortar. AEF vehicles ostensibly an improvement over horses, but having difficulty in mud. A truck pulling a large artillery gun. A German 80cm K (E) rail gun (developed in 1934) shown at the Rugenwalde Test Range in Germany. It moves along curving rails and is elevated to its maximum elevation (65 degrees). Two World War 1 rail guns firing. An American World War I Naval 14-inch rail gun firing. Allied heavy howitzers firing in World War 1 (one with gun crew in gas masks). American gunners with a French 75 field piece and caisson. French soldier advancing in no-mans-land. The Wright brothers brought warfare into the air with their Wright Flyer airplane, seen being maneuvered on the ground by U.S. Army personnel at Fort Myer, Virginia, circa 1909. A De Havilland DH-4 airplane taking off in World War I. A German Fokker D.VIII in flight.Three U.S. Army Air Service Curtiss P-1B Hawk pursuit aircraft in flight, circa 1926. Aerial dog fight scene including view from behind a pilot in open cockpit biplane (from feature film, circa 1927). Brief view of Renault FT tank maneuvering in World War I. Narrative and clips shift to historical perspective of warfare, showing use of horse and chariot,starting in ancient Assyria and use of elephants in later years by Hannibal.Pictures of mounted soldiers, in the middle ages, waging war in armor, and being transported in a wagon. Shift to World War I showing British Mark IV tanks maneuvering in a field.
Documentary titled ' Through Oil lands of Europe and Africa'. Shows oil fields in Germany. View of an oil field at Wietze near Hanover in Germany. Derricks and oil rigs in operation at the field. An early oil derrick. Farmers stand beside a horse drawn plow in a field. A farmer harvests crop using a horse drawn harvester. View of an oil field at Ciele. A large oil tanker, derricks, oil rigs, and railroad tank car at the site.
Glimpses of airplanes and crews that made the Pan American Goodwill flight that covered 22,000 miles to 21 Central and South American nations, in 1926. Aerial view of hangars and runway at kelly Air Base, Texas, as one of the five Loening OA-1 Amphibious aircraft takes off from the runway on Dec. 21, 1926.The five aircraft seen in flight over a city, are: The New York, with crew: Maj. Herbert Dargue and Lt. Ennis Whitehead; The San Antonio with crew: Capt. Arthur McDaniel and Lt. Charles Robinson; The San Francisco with crew: Capt. Ira Eaker and Lt. Muir Fairchild; The Detroit, with crew: Capt. Clinton Woolsey and Lt. John Benton; and The St. Louis, with crew: Lt. Bernard Thompson and Lt. Leonard Weddington. President Coolidge presenting the pilots with with citations for the Distinguished Flying Cross at Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., on May 2, 1927, at the opening of the Pan American Air Commission Conference.
Shows 7th assembly meeting of the League of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The delegates vote on the admission of Germany. President of Assembly Eduard Benes open the 7th Assembly of the League. President of the 7th Assembly Mr. Ninchich addresses the assembly. Shows a telegram which is sent to the German Government by the Secretary General Eric Drummond. A reply to the League by Gustav Stresemann of Germany. Shows arrival of German delegation at Geneva. Press and public gather at the event.