Military training exercises during World War 1. U.S. Navy whale boats beach on a sand bar and discharge a detachment of sailors armed with rifles, who wade ashore, in Key West Florida. Marines take up prone positions in sand on the shore and fire rifles. Several Curtis N-9 hydroplanes parked in water at the shore. Some of them taxi out and take off. Two submarines in the background.
A group of U.S. Marines in bayonet training, at Key West Florida, during World War 1. A long line of marines crouch near bayonet cloth training dummies, suspended from crossbars. These marines are able to move the dummies and parry bayonet thrusts, by means of attached padded control sticks. A line of marines wielding rifles with bayonets, charge the target the targets, while the controllers parry their bayonet thrusts. Closeup of a marine with bayonet dueling with a controller who parries his thrusts. Scene shifts to armed marines jumping over obstacle wall, bayoneting a dummy on the ground, and moving on. A body of water and some tents are seen in background. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
A contingent of U.S. marines in training with rifles, at Key West Florida, is seen in a formation of two rows. They execute positions with their rifles in accordance with the manual of arms, at the commands of their leader. They present arms and follow other instructions. Next, They are seen breaking into squads, and reassembling again, as they march in close order drill. Scene shifts to marines, standing in a field practicing the proper motion for throwing a hand grenade. They carry packs on their shoulders, but have no rifles. They repeat the grenade throwing drills in unison upon command of their leader. Next, they kneel on one knee, and execute a grenade-throwing drill from that position. Closeup of marines executing grenade throw motions from kneeling position. Two marines practice these techniques in the confines of an open wooden box with a barrier simulating a trench ridge.
Presidential party on Navy Crash boat "Dolphin", also called "the Big Wheel" (Navy designation C-26565) carrying President Truman, Two other crash boats also carried tournament participants (C-26590 and C-18345).
Party members included the President, his press secretary, Charile Ross, Fleet Admiral William Leahy, William P. Hassett. Clark Clifford, John E. Steelman,Major General Harry D. Vaughn, U.S. Army,Rear Admiral James H. Foskett. and a number of other officials. The Key west White House Sweepstakes was limited to the President and members of his party, including white House correspondents, photographers, and Secret,Service agents. A prize was offered tor the largest fish, anther for the smalles and a third for the best catch -- all to be caught on rod and reel.
Afterwards some ot the guests relax with the President at the "Littlle White House.'
U.S. Marines practice with Lewis machine guns during World War I. U.S. marine three-man machine gun teams set up Lewis machine guns and fire them during training at Key West, Florida, in World War 1. Teams set up in prone positions, with gunner ready to fire. Second man fastens circular ammunition magazine atop the gun and third man stays low behind. The guns are on a bipods, and equipped with large cooling shields around their barrels. The gunners fire one magazine, replace it, and fire again.
View from a high point, possibly a building, of sailors in training at Great Lakes Naval Station, near North Chicago, in Lake County, Illinois, in World War 1. They march from closed three column abreast formation into a spread formation for calisthenics. They follow a leader in performing exercises. Closeup of the exercise leader in action on a platform. About 20 sailors running a race, as others watch from sidelines. Teams of sailors playing a type of race passing a basketball under their legs. Large group of sailors boxing in pairs. Two sailors in a boxing match, encircled by other sailors, and refereed by a Marine officer in shirtsleeves. Change of location to Key West, Florida. Brief glimpse of U.S. marines in military combat maneuvers at a sandy area. As they move forward, an explosive charge ignites nearby.