Views of a ranch, a boy in a train is reading books, imagining cowboys fighting and firing. The boy then arrives at train station in Marfa, Texas, received by a man, goes to a ranch. Boy is disappointed by the absence of 'Wild West' atmosphere. Hired hands drive a tractor, forge metal, repair fences and cut and collect feed. Cattle grazing in a field.
U.S. Army 7th Cavalry Regiment and 82nd Field Artillery (Horse) Battalion on maneuvers in Marfa, Texas. 82nd Field Artillery sets up battery of French 75 field artillery pieces to fire at "enemy" positions. Gunners adjust artillery aim towards the target. French 75s fire on targets, one after the other. Gunners reload them and fire again. Artillery and cavalry in "retreat," take new positions. Cavalry troops ride fast towards new position on a dusty "battlefield."
Troops of the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division, 8th Cavalry Regiment, water their horses following maneuvers at Marfa, Texas. The horses drink water at a pond near the military exercise field. Soldiers walk along with their horses. They move towards their base at dusk.
Officers of the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division gather at the Officer's Mess while on field maneuvers, in Marfa, Texas. The Mess is setup in tents and includes cloth-covered tables.
Officers are seen eating at the mess.
Elements of the 7th and 8th Regiments, U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division, moving over desert terrain as they head for a base camp at Alamito, during maneuvers in the Marfa-Shafter-Alamito area of the Big Bend District, Texas. A guidon bearer rides near the head of each cavalry unit.
First Cavalry Division soldiers march towards their base camp at Alamito, after military exercise. Troops on horses walk in line on dusty paths in desert. Commanders and flag bearers lead the troops.
Elements of the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division and 82nd Field Artillery (Horse) Battalion maneuver in field exercises at Marfa, Texas. They are seen organizing, riding, and moving artillery and supplies to various positions.