Opening scene shows a man being roughed up by a group of men in an alleyway. A slate comments (in French) that when nations are bellicose, an assassination can cause a world war. Next, a slate shows picture of the world and states (in English) "One murder may start a world war." Another slate (in French) states that In 1914, while Europe's armies and fleets were more powerful than they had ever been, the nephew of the Emperor of Austria (Archduke Ferdinand) was assassinated. A front page is shown of newspaper, "Journal De Geneve" carrying the story. Next scene is a view of the city of Sarajevo. The ancient Emperor's Mosque dominates the scene. A slate appears asking Where is Sarajevo? It is followed by a map of Europe in 1914, which zooms in on Austria and Serbia and identifies and labels Sarajevo,in Austria, close to the Serbian border. Slates (in French) says Austria accused Serbia of War and other nations enter the melee. Animated World map shows the nations getting involved, starting with the German Empire in 1914, including its African colonies, and then successively showing Russia, France, Belgium,Great Britain, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. Map advances to 1915, showing the Italian empire, Bulgaria,and Central Arabia. In 1916 it adds Portugal, Roumania. Next, the U.S.A. is added in, 1917, along with Central and South America, Greece, Siam, and China. Finally, the slate shows the war ending in 1918. Slate shows Armistice Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month (November), with time shown on hands of Big Ben in London.
Prewar and early World War 2 conditions of the British in Great Britain. War ammunition for Britain transported from the United States to Britain as part of lend lease plan. Also war materiel sent the other way around from the United Kingdom to the United States, as the war progressed. A map showing the path between the United States and Great Britain through the Atlantic Ocean. Tanks for Russia from Britain. Aircraft and guns for the United States by Lend Lease. Tons of food and clothing in large containers for troops in Britain. Clusters of houses and buildings. Two men on a bridge. A lane in Britain. People in the lane. Tanks prepare for war. British soldiers in uniform. A woman seated at a vanity putting on lipstick makeup. Men and women in the streets in England. A man turns to notice the legs of a woman as she walks by. View of legs of many women walking by, not wearing stockings due to rationing. Brief shot of driver in a car in the United States as he hands his gas ration ticket to the gas station attendant. Back in England, scene as a man goes to a pub for whiskey. The pub keeper laughs at him as there is none. Men in a field harvesting grains for making industrial alcohol. Soldier painting word "Hitler" onto a bomb shell. Cartons of whiskey being transported to the United States as pay for the material that comes in to Britain. A man opens cartons from the U.S. with 'Made in U.S.A.' painted on it. Images of American made industrial machine goods purchased by the British, including machinery signs for "Cincinnati Bickford", "The Ohio Machine Tool Company", "Niles Tool Works, Hamilton Ohio", "The Cincinnati Planer Co.", "American Hole Wizard", and "Barnes Drill Company, Rockford, Illinois" A woman worker moves a large planer or drill press into position. Crane at a ship dock is seen moving a large wooden crate with "Ford" label on it. A man goes to buy cigarettes. A 'No cigarettes today' board. If there were cigarettes he would have paid the cost of the cigarettes and the tax to the shopkeeper. Close up view of coins on a table and large portion going to British taxes to pay for war. A newspaper headline which says "Britain spends 49,000,000 per day on war." Several industrial plants in Britain, with smoke and pollution rising from chimneys and stacks during high output war effort. Laborers working at a construction site, including brick layers, who pay 29% tax. Rich men who pay 97½ % tax: A man in a nice car parked in front of a church. He leads a bride in a wedding gown and possibly the Bride's father toward the doors of the church. Various views of British workers and workmen walking in and out of factories. British citizens in ration lines. Sheep being herded on pasture land in Australia. Vessels in ocean used by the British for supplies to Russia. Aircraft from the U.S. on board a ship, and British troops arriving on a ship dock.
American President Woodrow Wilson heads for France to negotiate peace between Germany and Allies. U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain John W. Davis and his wife on a ship deck. John W. Davis looks through binoculars. Mrs. Gordon Auchincloss, Mrs. David H. Miller and Arthur Bullitt converse with each other standing on the deck. French Ambassador to the U.S. Jules Jusserand with his wife, G. F. Close and R. C. Sween, confidential secretaries to President Wilson aboard USS George Washington.
Large tank filled with coal gas seen mounted on a motorcycle. Campion Motors Nottingham,is written on side of the tank, and Campion Coal Gas Motors on the front. The motorcycle pulls away from the company works at Mettham Street, Nottingham. The motorcycle and tank structure driving along a highway, with driver plus two men riding on the tank undercarriage. They are accompanied by another man on a motorcycle and one in its sidecar. The cycle with the tank demonstrates its maneuverabiliy. Change of scene shows driver of a coal gas fueled bus refueling from a gas pipe. fumes surround the connection as he refuels. He disconnects and tucks his refueling hose away. Passengers are sitting in the bus. Closeup of rear of bus shows huge inflatable gas tank atop the bus. "Chapman's, Driven by Coal Gas," written on back of the tank. The bus drives down a village street, as small boys run along beside it. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
'Know Your Ally: Britain' - An Allied propaganda film to solidify Anglo-American solidarity within the ranks as well as to counter Nazi propaganda aimed at weakening the alliance during World War II. Scenes in the United States of a college football game as a player makes a touchdown and a crowd erupts in loud cheering. Football team at blocking and tackling practice on a practice field. A World War 2 tank fires. British and American soldiers fire artillery and infantry forces running on a battlefield. Explosions occur and smoke rises. Views of soldiers of China, Russia, Britain and the United States. Allied troops march. Idaho, United States and Britain on a map showing population. Vehicular traffic and pedestrians on a road including cars and double-decker buses and pedestrians showing congested space in Britain. People talk to their neighbors. British policemen seen. British citizens emerge from underground transit system. Groups of British men, women and children in crowds are seen. Image of British Bobby police officer with hand up and narrator relates that British police do not carry a gun. Newspaper headlines about a strike, a catastrophe in Britain. Animated map of the Great Britain shows that it is surrounded by sea. Ships at sea. An old man and a boy sitting on a stoop with a model of a tall masted sailing ship. Brief views of cities in different parts of the world, including Sydney Australia; an unidentified South African port; an aerial view of the city of Wellington, New Zealand; parliament and government buildings of Canada in Ottawa; a large passenger ferry boat passing by with the skyscrapers of Manhattan New York City in the background.
A film on U.S. shuttle bombing operations 'Operation Titanic' over Germany from bases in Great Britain, Italy and Russia during World War II. Personnel of the U.S. 8th Air Force in Great Britain. The U.S. 15th Air Force personnel in Italy. The are briefed about the first shuttle bombing run to new Russian airfields. United States Army Air Force General Nathan Farragut Twining addresses the personnel and bids them farewell. United States Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses led by General Ira Clarence Eaker take off. USAAF B-24 Liberators take off from Great Britain. P-51 Mustangs and P-38 Lightning fighter airplanes escort the bombers on their way. The bombing forces bomb the targets in Germany. They return after their mission. Crew and officers look at the aircraft as they fly overhead. The officers look through binoculars. The crew waves towards the aircraft.