U.S. Army 155mm artillery guns hidden in bushes and firing in Italy. Camouflaged muzzle of guns seen firing. Smoke rises from the top of the hills and other targets. Seen are both M1917/M1918 155-mm Howitzer (Schneider) and M1/M2 Gun (Long Tom).
Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini standing together in an open car during a motorcade in Munich, in 1938. Civilian spectators render Nazi salutes as they pass. Next, British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain, arriving for the Munich treaty conference, steps from a British Airways Lockheed Model 14 passenger plane. An honor guard of helmeted and white-gloved German soldiers stands at attention during his welcome. Adolf Hitler climbs stairs of Berghof together with Chamberlain and Hitler's interpretor, Paul Otto Schmidt, on September 15, 1938 for their conference. Crowds of Germans give Nazi salute and cheer as Hitler and Mussolini appear on a balcony. Prime Minister Chamberlain back from the conference, speaks to the crowd at Heston Aerodrome on 30 September 1938, saying, among other thing, "We regard the agreement signed last night, and the Anglo-German naval agreement as symbolic of the desires of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again." Damaged buildings and ruins of city. Mussolini giving an impassioned speech. Italian cavalry carrying out a charge in Ethiopia. Italian troops employing machine guns in the Second Italo-Ethiopian War circa 1936. Italian infantry charging across sand dunes. Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie at the League of Nations podium. Nazi Swastika eagle statue. A formation of German troops, during the Anschluss (German annexation of Austria,in 1938). Hitler at a podium. People rendering Nazi salute in annexed city.
At this point, the film transitions to 1950 as North Korean troops cross the 39th parallel and start the Korean War. A nighttime artillery barrage. North Korean troops firing a Browning M1917 machine gun and rifles. The feet of American soldiers are jumping out of foxholes as U.S.M26 Pershing tanks fire their guns from tilted positions below hills. A Pershing tank crosses a bridge back into South Korea, where a sign reads:"You are now crossing the 38th parallel, Co.B 728 MP."
Scene shifts again, to President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers speech about Vietnam at a news conference on July 28, 1965, in which he states,among other things, "Three times in my lifetime...Americans have gone to far lands to fight for freedom..." as he explains U.S. involvement in Vietnam and the Vietnam War.
Film opens showing relatives of fallen American soldiers of Japanese ancestry who made the ultimate sacrifice in the European theater of operations, during World War 2. They were members of the United states 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team. The relatives are assembled in an auditorium at a military installation in Hawaii, where the 100th Infantry is conducting a ceremony honoring their fallen heroes. Camera pans over some of the relatives. Decorations for valor are presented posthumously to some of the surviving relatives. A widow receives the Silver Star. A father receives the Distinguished Service Cross. A mother receives her son's award. Film shifts to scenes showing artillery batteries of the 100th Infantry in action at numerous battles in the Italian Campaign, including Naples, Cassino, Rapido River, Pisa, Anizo and others. A column of 100th Infantry accompanied by armor, are seen entering Livorno, Italy. Members in a jeep are seen passing through area of complete destruction. Others pick their way through rubble, as civilians bass the opposite way,carrying salvaged belongings, Troops of the 100th move cautiously and deploy near barricades to shield from snipers. They escort captured German prisoners. Battle casualties are seen being carried into field hospitals. A medical team performing emergency surgury inside a tent. Convalescing patients being tended by a woman Army nurse. Others recovering outside tents at the field hospital. A group of 100th infantry troops taking a break. One of their medics is interviewed. Gunners seen with Browning M1917 machine gun. Troops preparing a meal in the field. On presenting paper airplanes to Italian children who fly them. M4 Sherman tank parked on Italian street. Battalion members attending a Roman Catholic mass in the field. Army interviewer asks one of the troops why he fights in the U.S. Army. He responds.
View from the surfaced German U-Boat, UB-35, on a scenic cruise along the British coast in World War 1. The U-Boat crew uses explosives to sink a ship, close to shore (after releasing the ship's crew). The ship was loaded with salt herring for transport to Genoa, Italy. Repeated explosions are seen. In change of scene, five prisoners of war (British ship captains) take a morning walk on the deck of the UB-35 behind a screen of tarpaulin stretched across the deck. A slate referring to the difficulties experienced by Britain from German U-Boats. The U-35 Captain, Lothar von Arnauld de la Periere, is seen sitting in his conning tower. Other officers are keeping watch. He receives a message from a sailor below. He writes a note to Headquarters reporting on ships and tonnage sunk by the U-35, and mentioning 5 English ship's captains taken prisoner, in the month of May, 1917. He signs it: "U-35, Arnauld." Closeup of the note. The U-35 proceeds to rendezvous with the Austro-Hungarian Novara-class scout cruiser, "Helgoland." View of the 4-stacker Helgoland with black smoke issuing from her stacks. View from the U-35 as it passes to port of the Helgoland. Captain von Arnauld and another officer, greet an Austro-Hungarian navy officer who comes aboard bringing greetings and wishes for good luck from his Admiral, to the U-35. View of the Admiral's flagship,the Austro-Hungarian Armored Cruiser, S.M.S. Sankt Georg. (Slate reads three cheers for the returning U-Boat, so presumably the Sankt Georg crew gives cheers.) Camera pans across the cruiser to deck of the U-35, where officers and men of the U-35 salute and raise their hats in three cheers for their Austrian-Hungarian comrades. Flags fly from the U-35, one for each Allied ship sunk. The U-35 with crew on deck moves slowly into port next to another submarine and large ship. U-Boat Captain von Arnauld walks to a fleet message center. The U-35 crew happily receive and read letters from home. The next scene shows the U-35 heading out to sea again,
King Victor Emmanuel of Italy reviews American and Italian troops at an aircraft air field in Italy during World War I. King Victor Emmanuel shakes hand with officers present. Officer salutes him. He turns to review the World War 1 troops assembled.
A U.S. arms manufacturing in World War 1. Hundreds of workers seen at shift change, waiting for their respective trolley cars passing on tracks between arms manufacturing plant's buildings. Women at work on metal working machines in an arms factory. Racks of Browning Automatic Rifles (Rifle, Caliber .30, Automatic, Browning, M1918) are being moved about. Assemblers are seen hand fitting parts for the Browning M1917 water cooled machine gun. One man makes final assembly adjustments to one of the machine guns set up on tripod in the factory. He enjoys firing the Browning M1917 machine gun. (Note:The M1917 and M1918 BAR were manufactured by numerous American arms makers. Colt, Remington, Marlin, Royal typewriter, Winchester. Most of the M1917 machine guns were manufactured by New England Westinghouse.)