Closeup views of U.S. 128th Field Artillery troops firing French 75-mm guns at Le Cotes de Forimont (France) on September 27, 1918, during World War 1. Views of the gun breech, as shells are inserted, fired, and casings discharged.
Three man team of U.S. Army 128th Field Artillery troops fire French 75-mm guns at the Germans at Le Cotes de Forimont (France) during World War I. Close-up views of the team loading, firing, measuring with an instrument on the gun barrel, and firing again.
French Marshal Petain, now Premier, walks to a car and seen later at conference table with Pierre Laval and other national leaders. View of Adolf Hitler, with close associates, expressing delight after signing of the second armistice at Compiegne,ending French resistance, on June 22, 1940. German honor guard marching near Marshal Foch's railroad car where the 1918 armistice was signed. Monument of Marshal Foch. Hitler, Hermann Goering, and Admiral Raeder, head of the Kriegsmarine, review the honor guard. German stand at steps of the rail car. Raeder, and Goering, both carrying Marshal's batons, flank Hitler. French Army General Charles Huntziger, accompanied by General Jean Bergeret,Air Minister, Vice Admiral Le Luc, Commander of Maritime Forces, and Ambassador Leon Noel, are escorted by two German officers. They enter the railroad carriage. View inside, as Hitler, Goering and German representatives stand when they enter. Newspaper headline describes tax on France for German occupation. French prisoners of war in an outdoor yard and being moved to Germany. French prisoners in bucket brigade and carrying construction materials. French workers engaged in labor to support German war effort. Unhappy French children. Public funerals for persons executed by the Germans. German flag draped over the Foch statue. Hitler's touring motorcade passes Arch of Triumph in Paris in early morning when streets are empty. Parisians gather on streets to hear German orders broadcast. Many express distress. In Southern France, Military units carry their colors as they depart for North Africa. General Charles DeGaulle is among the marchers. DeGaulle seen reviewing contingents of French military. Free French soldiers parading in London, England. Military officers salute as the ship carrying Regimental colors departs. French colors carried beside unit with American flag. General Charles de Gaulle and General Henri Giraud at 1943 Casablanca Conference (Roosevelt and Churchill seated).
American troops waving their hats, hands and a flag in celebration of the Armistice ending hostilities. American troops escort smiling prisoners.Crowds celebrate in a public square. American soldiers celebrate while riding on an army truck through crowds. Soldiers kiss some girls. Crowds celebrate in New York City. A coffin for War is inscribed with statements saying: "Died November 11, 1918" and "Remember the Lustania" and "Gimbel Brothers". Celebrating people ride on the roofs of cars. One carries a chained effigy of German Kaiser that men hit with clubs. General Pershing, accompanied by officials, salutes the crowd and enters an open car that proceeds in a motorcade during "ticker tape" parade in New York City. General Pershing, on horseback, leads troops in victory parade. President Woodrow Wilson is seen aboard the ship SS George Washington during his December 1919 voyage to France to participate in the Paris Peace Conference leading to the Treaty of Versailles. "Vive Wilson" is spelled out in light bulbs on sign above Paris street during parade in Paris honoring Woodrow Wilson. Parisians celebrate with parade through the Arc de Triomphe on 16 December, 1918.
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.
A film about the role of Negro soldiers during various wars in the United States. A dramatization shows a Negro soldier of the Spanish -American War. He also talks about his role in Cuba and the construction of the Panama Canal. Footage of the Panama Canal being constructed and ships underway in the canal. U.S. Army forces including black soldiers boarding troop transport ships bound for Europe during World War 1. A railroad train carries Negro soldiers to France during World War I. Negro soldier units under General Pershing march in formation with an Army band in France during World War 1. Negro soldiers work and fight against the Germans, including the 813th Pioneer Regiment near Marseilles, the 332nd Labor Battalion, and the 808th Pioneer Regiment near Verdun. Negro soldiers racing for front lines including the soldiers with the 8th Illinois and the 372nd regiment and the 371st, and also the 369th in the Argonne. View from behind soldier as he fires a machine gun, and U.S. Army soldiers firing artillery. Negro soldiers of the 369th being decorated and receiving the Croix de Guerre for their heroic actions in World War I. The negro soldiers march at a parade in New York City following World War I and are greeted by throngs of enthusiastic negro civilians attending the parade. View of Henry Johnson being congratulated by civilians after he and Needham Roberts performed with exceptional heroism and received the Croix de Guerre. Close up view of the Croix de guerre medal on a uniform. Graves of Negro soldiers who lost their lives during World War I at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. View of the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Logan Square in Philadelphia. View of a stone memorial in France in tribute to the efforts of the negro soldiers of the 371st Infantry Division who fought and died there on April 21, 1918 during World War 1.