American General William D Mitchell (aka Billy Mitchell) at a desk in his office in Middleburg, Virginia. General Mitchell points out the loopholes in air support at Long Island for New York. He urges that America must build up its strength in building more bomber aircraft. General Mitchell says that air power is the prime strength of any nation for directly attacking the enemy's key installations. The General demands the construction of an air base in Alaska.
Ninth National Convention of the Communist Party USA in New York City, June 24 -38, 1936. The theme as seen in outsize banners included a huge likeness of Earl Browder displaying the words: "Against Hunger Fascism War" and a banner around the hall reading in part: "forward to Unity..." The activities seen are like any major political party convention, including having placards identifying delegates from all the States of the Union, such as Georgia, Virginia,Iowa,West Virginia, Kentucky, Maryland, District of Columbia,Oregon, etc. Lights sweep over the darkened arena highlighting the signs of the various states. Several scenes show massed flags of the Communist Party displaying the hammer and Sickle on a solid field.
The working of weather bureau in the United States. Snow covered shores of the Potomac River at Great Falls, west of Washington DC, following 15 inch snowfall in February 1936. Two people walking on a high snow covered bluff near the Great Falls. The frozen Potomac River, covered with ice. View of the Memorial Bridge spanning a totally frozen Potomac River, with the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument in the background. Views of the river carrying chunk of snow and ice as a thaw begins the breakup. Man photographs a woman next to a guard rail at the Potomac River, covered in chunks of thawing ice and snow. Frozen ice chunks flowing under the Memorial Bridge. Narrator describes flood beginning with heavy rainwall in Shenandoah River valley on March 17 and March 18, 1936. Scenes of Western Union Telegrams detailing reports of rain in the west from various towns in the Shenandoah foothills. One from Romney , West Virginia notes rainfall of 5 inches.
A raging flood in 1936 in West Virginia. Flood waters seen moving swiftly. WPA Workers during the Great Depression are seen building a new bridge at Petersburg West Virginia, spanning the South Branch of the Potomac River. Car crosses the bridge. New flood walls and dikes built by the WPA are shown, created to prevent recurrence of losses in future floods.
Damage caused due to flooding of the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in March of 1936. Houses in the area covered by flood waters. Flooded streets. A man aboard a rescue boat. A woman and her child being rescued. A railroad trestle bridge at Harpers Ferry with water rushing underneath it, shortly before the river crested and the bridge was carried away by the flood. Hands of a person with weather reporting ticker tape running through his hands, showing details of the flood in Harpers Ferry.
In Charleston, West Virginia workers from the WPA (Work Progress Administration) are seen building the new Southside Bridge over the Kanawha River, in 1936. Sign of 'Railroad Crossing'. Rail crossing improved with the addition of a new overpass. Cars passing by mouth of the tunnel. A train pulled by a large steam locomotive emerges from the tunnel, moving by.