Professor Archibald Cary Coolidge of Harvard University, special assistant to the Department of State, assigned to the American Commission to Negotiate Peace. He is seen in this sequence, with members of his staff, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, from where they assessed postwar political conditions in Austria-Hungary and neighborhood countries, and made recommendations for the U.S. participants at the Paris Peace Conference, 1919. The sequence begins with staff members walking from an imposing government building, to pose as a group. It is January, and snow is on the ground. Professor Coolidge, holds gloves in his left hand and warms his right hand inside his coat in Napoleonic manner, as he chats with others. Staff members are predominantly military officers and include both U.S. Army and Navy personnel.
1919: Communist and Socialist politicians and supporters gathered outside the Hungarian Parliament Building during an alliance in Budapest. A large crowd before the building and in the street. The Communist politician Bela Kun being interviewed amidst the crowd. Men climb a tower in front of the building to get a better view of the event. View of Hungarian Socialist Democratic Party leader Dezső Bokányi standing with other men. Socialist politician Sandor Garbai standing with Bela Kun and addressing the crowd. A man addresses the crowd from a car roof. Musicians play violins and other instruments during the event. The two politicians talk and give speeches.
Wrecked houses and buildings at a mountainside along a lake or sea in the Austria-Hungary empire soon after end of World War I. Close views of rubble of homes. Civilian men walk on the street with their luggage and belongings on horse-carts.
Slate refers to The Red Army recruiting place at the castle. Many Hungarian and some Russian men are seen. Most are in military uniforms. This is during the brief World War I post-ar period when Hungary had a communist Government, the Hungarian Soviet Republic. Slate states that Red soldiers, one of them Russian speaking, appeals to patriotism of the recruitment candidates.
German invasion of Eastern European countries during World War II. Maps of Manchuria and Ethiopia. Newspaper headlines. Maps of various European countries conquered by Nazi Germany including Poland. Newspaper printing press running. Newspaper headlines declaring war against Germany. Herald newspaper headline reads, WAR. Animated map of Germany shows the Nazi symbol spreading across Europe with fire. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler and officers at a map as they confer. Maps of Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. Hungarian pheasant farmers gather grain in Hungary. Ore car heaped with bauxite in Hungary. Aluminum sheet rolling down conveyor belt. German aircraft parked in line with propellers spinning. Hungarian soldiers marching in parade with crowd giving Nazi salute. Grain pouring into holding bin. Oil derricks in Romania. Romanian soldiers marching in parade. Animated map depicts the importance of cities of Varna and Burgas in Bulgaria for their submarine bases in the Black Sea. Admiral Miklos von Nagybanya Horthy of Hungary, Prime Minister of Romania General Ion Antonescu, King Michael of Romania and King Boris of Bulgaria. Newspaper headlines include 'Bulgarian King Joins Axis', "Bulgarian Revolts Bring 1200 Arrests', 'Riots Sweep Romania', and 'Hungarian Revolt Brewing' German motorcycles with sidecars driving into Hungary. German artillery being towed into Hungary. German soldiers driving halftracks drive into Romania and Bulgaria. Animated map depicts the plan for invasion of Greece.
Coronation procession of Emperor Karl I (Charles I) of Austria, who, as Emperor of Austria-Hungary, is now also being crowned KarlV (CharlesIV ) of Hungary. The procession arrives at Mathias Cathedral, on Trinity Square, Budapest, Hungary. Guests arrive to attend the ceremony. Through the dense crowd, Emperor Karl walks behind the Crucifer toward the Cathedral entrance, followed by Cardinal Prince Primate of Hungary, Dr. Czernock and a Bishop and nobles. After the coronation, a great celebratory parade ensues. The Emperor rides on horseback wearing the Crown and cloak of St. Stephen, and rides up a ramp to a landing where he can be seen by all in attendance. .