Events during the Paris Peace Conference. View of Houthulst forest in Belgium. United States President Woodrow Wilson along with his American Delegation is on a sightseeing trip in Belgium. They are accompanied by King Albert I and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium. The entire team is seen enjoying a picnic and having lunch under a tent. Queen Elizabeth takes the picture of the lunch party. A french guard and other men standing along the side of a motor car.
World War I scenes of U.S. Army airplanes in action at the front. A picture of U.S. Army Major Henry A. (Hap) Arnold and California Forester Kurt Dubois, who, together, started the fire patrol practice by United States Army aircraft in1919. Army flyers lined up on a field. Army Curtis JN-4 (Jenny) airplanes in flight as smoke rises from the forests below. Weighted messages with ribbons attached, being dropped by pilots while in flight to inform about a forest fire. Later on after the installation of radios a pilot sends a message on a radio set in case of a forest fire. In 1920s, Crawler tractors used to skid logs out of the forest. In 1925, tractor with a blade was developed and used to build forest roads. In 1932, a Bulldozer being used to create firebreaks during a Southern California fire. A fire plow in operation.
Animated map showing disposition of Allied and opposing German forces in Belgium during World War II. Highlighted places include the River Meuse, Bastogne,and Liege. Brief glimpse of German Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt,commander of the German Army Command in the West. German troops riding through forest over light snow on a King Tiger tank. The tank churning up dirt and snow at high speed in another scene. German infantry moving through the forest at dusk. Illustrated map shows national flags delineating battle fronts and the German breakout (Bulge in the line) aiming toward Antwerp Harbor through Liege. Next are series of rapidly changing scenes showing American troops in combat near houses, moving through smoke and mist, one throwing a hand grenade into an apartment building, helping one another move through buildings, setting off explosives, communicating on a field telephone, moving through burning rubble, and running across snow around industrial buildings. Two U.S. soldiers silhouetted against the snow as place a wounded buddy in a sheltered spot. One placing a bandage around the neck of the injured soldier. American medics carrying wounded on litters, across a snowy field containing a several fallen soldiers. One soldier calling for a medic. Corpsmen moving on to a new battlefield. U.S. troops firing machine guns from atop Sherman tanks in a city as infantrymen crouch behind the tanks. Glimpse from inside, of a German soldier firing an Mg34 model machine gun out a building window. Embattled American troops and trucks moving past burning buildings. Closeups of American GIs dashing from building to building and firing from improvised shelter. A bazooka fired out a building window strikes a tank, which is seen burning. Individual soldiers running for shelter as Medical Corpmen carry wounded on litter the opposite way. Scene shifts to British forces moving in from further North, through the snow. Glimpse of women and children and aged folks, in Belgium, frightened by the goings on. An old woman holds a small girl who is crying. British infantry advancing into action across a snowy field. A British machine gunner firing from a protected position. U.S. troops entrenched in deep snow. December 24th, clearing weather allowed some Allied air support to aid the troops. Glimpse of aircraft contrails. Formations of Allied aircraft overhead. Aerial view of a formation of British Hawker Typhoon fighter bombers in flight. View from a B-17 in flight with others creating thick contrails at high altitude. Pilot and copilot in cockpit of a bomber in flight. American soldiers on the ground watching with binoculars. U.S. Army Air Forces P-47 aircraft overhead, break out of formation and dive to attack German ground targets. American GIs on the ground cheer as they watch. A huge explosion takes place near an American crew manning a heavy gun pointing point blank with zero elevation. American soldiers load rockets into a truck-mounted launcher. Several truck-mounted launchers firing their rocket barrages. U.S. infantry advancing atop tanks, in armored personnel carriers, and on foot. They carry axes, shovels and similar tools along with their weapons. Army trucks entering a town. Infantry moving through a forest. More troops on vehicles of all kinds moving into a town.
Roadblock consists of 50 caliber machine guns and 90 mm AA gun in Malmedy sector, Belgium.
Jeep passes by. Soldiers observe the 50 caliber machine guns and 90 mm AA gun at roadblock in forest. Soldiers talk near 90 mm AA gun.
Activities of U.S. troops in Malmedy sector, Belgium. Jeep passes away. Soldiers observe the 50 caliber machine guns and 90 mm AA gun in roadblock in forest. Soldiers talk near 90 mm AA gun. Engineers place TNT (Trinitrotoluene) charges to blow up bridge if necessary in Malmedy sector, Belgium. Civilians in city cross bridge. Engineers place TNT charges over bridge. GIs come outside with German prisoner of war and get into jeep of Military Police. Jeep passes away.
Animated map depicts German Westward military thrusts into Holland and Belgium and toward France in World War 2. German armor units passing dragons teeth defenses, from behind. German troops riding atop tanks and trucks towing artillery.German Stuka dive bombers. Map showing Albert Canal, Meuse River, and details of Fort Eben Emae. Paratroops dropping from Ju-52 aircraft. Closeup of Ju-87 Stuka dive bomber. German troops using flame thrower. German armed engineer troops cross a road near a bridge and cross Meuse River in inflated boats, as Stukas drop bombs. German troops advance behind battery of flame throwers. German soldier places demolition charge. Huge explosion as it destroys the Fort blockhouse. Allied troops cross French-Belgian border to confront German forces. French Lorraine 37L armored vehicles. Roads filled by Belgian refugees with their belongings. Animated cartoon of German planes bombing Belgian villages, strafing refugees, so they would clog roads and block Allied advance. Views of clogged roads and German bombings. He-111 dropping bombs. Me-109s strafing refugees who take cover in ditches. views from inside German bombers. Montage of destruction by German planes. Wounded child cries out, traumatized, in a hospital bed. Another wounded and bandaged child is seen in a hospital bed. A nun nurse sits by the bed of a wounded child. Montage of refugee children leaving war zones atop piles of belongings in trucks, and children in prams and carts, and in strollers and horsecarts evacuating battle areas. Map shows German plan to attack through Ardennes Forest. German engineers sliding down steep hills, fording rivers, and laying wire for demolitions. German troops setting up machine gun and artillery placements and firing at opposing troops. German tanks and troops going through the Ardennes to the Meuse River, where Stukas dive bomb French positions. German artillery barrage across the Meuse. German troops cross the river with inflated boats. German engineers building pontoon bridges. Shelling by Allies causing explosions beside German troops building bridges. German Armor crossing the bridges and entering France.