The damaged village of Maricourt in France during World War I. Rubble in front of a ruined building. Men inspect the damage. Abandoned artillery and an unexploded Zeppelin bomb.
In 1916,The Lafayette Escadrille, a group of American airmen who fought for France before American entry into World War I, with Indian chief's head in war paint and headdress painted on fuselage of their Nieuport aircraft. Newspaper headline reads 'United States and Germany at war'. in 1917, American civilian recruits responding to World War One: training with wooden guns, marching in uniform, and moulding practice bombs of plaster. Airmen train with real Lewis machine guns. Pilots who completed training are issued leather flying coats, helmets and goggles. Pilots make preflight checks by testing tautness of wing struts and cables. Crew takes off in a DH-4 airplane and drops practice bombs. Explosions on the ground. Pilots receive orders for advance training overseas. American troops march and drill. Supporter of airpower, Secretary of War, Newton Baker, speaking on podium, with General John J. Pershing sitting behind him. President Wilson, another aviation supporter, signs a document at his desk. Red Cross women distribute refreshments to American troops as they deploy overseas. View of the Ocean Liner, SS Leviathan, converted to a troop ship, and camouflaged. American soldiers seen in French village square. View of Army barracks and muddy streets. Outdoor gunnery practice, using model airplanes. Experienced pilots demonstrating control stick techniques. Pilots taking off, in flight, and landing in Sopwith Camel airplanes. A nosed-over Sopwith Camel airplane with pilot unhurt, in cockpit.
Battalion H.- Verdun Campaign in Verdun-sur-Meuse, France during World War I. The rubble of Maricourt. An unexploded Zeppelin bomb on the ground.
Montage of scenes related to European mobilization and preparations for World War I, from 1914 through 1919, plus brief views of Mark VIII tank maneuvers, circa 1924. Patriotic French citizens fill a street as France mobilizes for World War 1. Italian soldiers marching to war through a town. British King George V seen with Prime Minister David Lloyd George and other British officials. British First Lord of Admiralty, Winston Churchill poses and "mugs" for camera. British troops being transported along a country road on double-decker buses and slogging through the mud in France. Two French soldiers join the line of "tommies" to be photographed, and then step out of line to watch. King George V with Field Marshal Douglas Haig, and other officers, next to their automobiles in field, during the King's visit to his troops in 1916. The King and British officers observe tests of Mark IV tank, circa 1917. Scene shifts to August 10, 1916 showing the Prince of Wales and King George V, accompanied by Field Marshal Douglas Haig, and other officers, observing the Battle of Pozières (in Battle of the Somme) from a safe distance, using a telescope. U.S. Army Mark VIII International Tanks in daytime and nighttime maneuvers (likely at Fort Meade, Maryland) circa 1924.
Ruins in shell shattered village of Mametz, France, during Battle of the Somme, in World War 1. Destroyed houses and rubble in the village. Captured German dugouts, sand bags and a British soldier in the dug out.
Victorious Allied troops walk behind a British Mark I tank (male) on a dirt road in France, after the battle of the Ancre at end of the 1916 Battle of the Somme, in World War 1. The troops appear relieved at the pause in hostilities and many cheer. Later, a large group of Allied troops relaxes and enjoys a meal of field rations, in a captured German position. A bonfire helps them keep warm. (Note: From British Government documentary "Battle of the Ancre and Advance of the tanks" shot during the 1916 Battle of the Ancre.)