A Nazi Party meeting in Nuremberg, Germany in 1927. Nazis march, carrying a banner announcing their march from Berlin to Nuremberg during July and August of 1927, despite a ban. Adolf Hitler on the street in Nuremberg, as marchers come along with their banner. Hitler stands with Ernst Roehm, leader of the Storm troopers. Troopers stand with banner topped by swastika and letters: NSDAP, for the National Socialist German Worker's Party (Nazi party). Banner beneath says simply: Germany-Wake up! Adolf Hitler and Rudolf Hess (or Heß) walk together. Views of Julius Streicher, an influential antisemitic publisher and Nazi party member. Hitler stands at front of an assembly of party members on a staircase, and then steps into an open car with some and drives off. Columns of Nazis line up in an open field. A marching band plays. A quote from a newspaper, of August 22, 1927,extols the Nazi rally for its thought and strict militaristic discipline. Trumpeters play, as Hitler stands on hillside with large contingent of Nazis. Many banners are displayed. Hitler speaks to the assembly saying in effect, that Germany's freedom will be resurrected just as the people and the fatherland will be reborn, more powerful than ever. The party members parade. Hitler gives Nazi salute. He is wearing iron cross decoration on his shirt.
Descriptions and diagrams of various model airplanes used in experiments with solid powder propulsion, in Germany starting in 1927. Diagram of a 'Storch' model airplane. Diagram of "Ente"(Duck) model airplane. An Opel full scale model "Ent" airplane being checked out on a launching rail at an airfield. Fritz von Opel makes adjustments at the rear of the airplane and, assisted by several other men, moves the airplane along the launch ramp and back again. On the side of the plane is written: "Sander AK-1." Photographers take pictures. The first manned test of an Opel "ent" airplane is undertaken by the Research Institute of the RhonRossitten-Gesellschaft (RRG) under the direction of Fritz Stamer. In the first three trials the airplane fails to rise and simply skids along the ground. However, on the 4th try, it successfully flies off the launch rail in an extended high speed flight, for three-quarters of a mile in just under one minute. The successful flight is then shown in slow motion from two different camera angles.
Slate mentions the research of American Robert H. Goddard, on solid (powder) rocket engines. Image of Dr. Goddard. Pictures of other rocket scientists: Max Valier and Johannes Winkler in Germany. Books written by these scientists are also seen. "A method of reaching extreme altitude", "Liquid propellant rocket development" project reports, front page of a book written by Max Valier and "Die Rockete- 1927" a book written by Johannes Winkler are animated.
Cornelius Edzard and Johann Risticz set a flight record (1927) in Dessau,Germany. The crowds wave at a W-33 Junker plane in air. A sign on the ground reads '9 o' clock, 51 hours and 12 minutes'. The plane comes in for landing. The crowd rushes towards the plane. The W-33 junker plane lands. Pilots get out of the cockpit of the plane. Flowers are presented to the pilot, Cornelius Edzard and the copilot, Johann Risticz. They drink from cups. They hold flowers and bystanders wave.
Fuhrer Adolf Hitler speaks in Nuremberg in 1927. Nazi Stormtroopers assemble in a large open field and hold Nazi flags. Trumpeters stand below Adolf Hitler who stands with Nazi Party members, including Ernst Rohm, Commander of the Sturmabteilung (Stormtroopers). Band plays. Hitler speaks over a microphone about restoring Germany's freedom and strength. Stormtroopers and officials of his party stand in the background. Hitler in a motorcade being greeted by the Stormtroopers.
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.