Spanish Civil War. Refugees come to Luchon, France after crossing over Pyrenees. Spanish men walk down a slope. Women and children carrying their belongings come to France to escape the evils of the war. A man eats a meal. Soldiers loaded in railroad trains leave for the war front.
Hitler and Hermann Goering with representatives of France, Britain and Italy, on September 29, 1938. Hitler and Goering in meeting with Benito Mussolini on occasion of Munich Conference. Hitler and Mussolini converse. Civilians gather on the street outside the Metropol Hotel in Munich. Benito Mussolini, of Italy, seen signing the pact, along with Édouard Daladier of France. Hitler shakes hands with Daladier after the signing. The group around Hitler includes Neville Chamberlain, Benito Mussolini, and Mussolini's son-in-law, Galeazzo Ciano.
Japanese troops parade for Emperor Hirohito, mounted upon a white horse. Italian troops goosestep and German troops goosestep on parade. View of Austrian town with snow-covered Alps mountains in background as German troops enter Austria on March 13, 1938 during the Anschluss. Local citizens welcome them, displaying swastika flags and giving Nazi straight arm salutes. Troops, military vehicles, tanks, motorcycles, and horse-drawn artillery comprise the German invading force. Shifts to Spain, where war torn buildings reflect effects of German and Italian intervention during the Spanish Civil War. A donkey standing near field artillery piece. Artillery being fired from an urban park in Spain. Artilleryman using a range finder. German gun crew with heavy artillery piece. Soldiers wearing Adrian steel helmets, firing a two-wheeled water-cooled machine gun. Spanish carrying wounded on stretcher. Spanish civilians inadvertently slain during civil war conflict. Starving dog walking in street. Huge poster of Francisco Franco and view of him on reviewing stand saluting marching Nationalist troops. Repeat of Hirohito reviewing troops and Italian and German troops goosestep. Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini stand together in open car heading to Fuhrerbau in Munich, Germany, for signing of Agreement between Germany, Italy, Britain, and France in 1938.Neville Chamberlain, and Edouard Daladier riding in car to Fuhrerbau. Views of the principals signing the accords. Hermann Goering seen. In Italy, Mussolini waves to cheering crowd from balcony. German troops enter Sudetenland (Czechoslovakia) greeted by joyous ethnic German inhabitants.German military brass band playing in open trucks. Signpost pointing to Prag; Eger; Joachimsta; and Komotau. German troops marching into Prague.Italian Destroyer in port, as Italy invades Albania in 1939. An Italian L3/33 tankette being unloaded from a ship.Bicycle troops riding in Albania. German gun position overlooking river. Hitler at Reichstag mocks Roosevelt plea to stop invasions.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon of England at a train station in Paris. French officials shake hands with the British King and the Queen. A railroad train at the train station. English and French troops at the Arc de Triomphe in a parade along the Avenue des Champs-Elysees with the British Royalty and French dignitaries. Parade includes forces from colonies of France and England. Aerial view of parade and ground level views. The King and the Queen in carriages. English troops and French troops march during a parade. In next scene, two years later in 1940, German troops moving in columns under Arc de Triomphe in occupation of Paris. A German officer salutes. View of German soldiers holding guns moving along the Champs-Elysees. Aerial view of the troops moving along the city. Aerial view of buildings. French citizens standing on the sides of a road watch the German troops. Horsemen and troops on carriages moving under the Arc de Triomphe. A German sentry standing in front of the dome of Napoleon at Les Invalides. The Eiffel Tower with camera panning from ground level upward. View of German soldiers at top of Eiffel Tower. The soldiers are seen raising the Nazi German flag atop the Eiffel tower. A German soldier smiling.
Film opens showing a Paris street scene. Cars and buses pass on the streets. A man peruses publications on a newsstand. Camera moves to the newsstand. Trafic flows past. Pedestrians walk past. Customers patronize the newsstand.Camera moves across the street to reveal flowers on a Chestnut tree looming above the newsstand. Scene shifts to the flower market on the Cite Island in Paris. The Palais de Justice; La Conciergerie; Tour de l'Horloge are in the background. Vendors bring wares to the flower stands. Views of patrons walking amongst the various flower stalls.
Animated map shows sailing vessel leaving Coast of United States heading to the British Isles. Next,the Cunard-White Star ocean liner, S.S. Aquitania, is shown underway in the Atlantic, with note that the crossing only takes four days. Animated map shows America and Europe "moving closer together" as a result. Noting that an airplane flew from New York to Paris in 16 hours and 38 minutes, Howard Hughes' Lockheed 14 Super Electra Special aircraft, heavily loaded with fuel, is seen making a difficult takeoff from the short (3500 foot) runway at Floyd Bennett Field, Long Island, on July 10th, 1938, headed to Paris, France on first leg of its round-the-world flight. Glimpse of the aircraft overhead as it sets course for Newfoundland on a Great Circle route to Paris.