Scenes of drought in Hailar district, Manchuria, previously known as Hulun. Camera pans across eroded cliffs showing soil depletion. Starving chicks, possibly eagle hatchlings, in a nest. A lone bird in the sky. Skeleton of livestock. A line of ox-drawn carts moving through the barren landscape.
The 1932 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois. New York Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt with his daughter Anna Roosevelt and granddaughter Anna Eleanor Roosevelt Dall (sometimes known as Sistie) outside a building circa 1930. Roosevelt holds a cane while leaning against a column and plays with his grandson using the cane. People gather in the convention hall for the 1932 Democratic National Convention. Roosevelt addresses them, speaking of the need to "break foolish traditions" and "to win in this crusade to restore America to its own people." The people applaud.
Hard times in the Great Depression led to formation of The Bonus Army. American veterans of World War 1 march on streets of Washington DC, carrying a large poster demanding immediate cash redemption their "bonus" service certificates awarded by Congress in 1924 (but not lawfully payable until 1945). Army Chief of Staff, General Douglas MacArthur, ordered by President Hoover, to clear the Bonus Army encampments, is seen standing in a street surrounded by several U.S. Army troops. People watch from sidewalks as a contingent of U.S. Army cavalry rides down the street. U.S. Army M-1917 tanks roll down Pennsylvania Avenue in July 1932. Bonus marchers and others watch from Lafayette Park in background. Scene shifts to the 1932 Democratic Party Convention in Chicago Stadium, Chicago, where delegates cheer after nominating Franklin D. Roosevelt as their Presidential candidate. Roosevelt seen waving from the podium. Migrant farm workers seen at temporary, dilapidated dwellings in close quarters, and sitting at a campfire, some with sad and desperate faces. Migrant farm workers' cars on the road, piled high with family belongings during westward migration. Migrants riding atop an open railroad freight car. Two men share a copy of the "Epic News" newspaper (published by supporters of Upton Sinclair and the End Poverty Movement in Los Angeles and central California). Narrator describes programs of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Construction workers ignite demolition charges during construction of Boulder Dam (aka Hoover Dam and officially so-named in 1947). Glimpse of President Roosevelt at the site in an open car, for its dedication on September 30, 1935. Construction workers engaged in building the dam. Another shot of President Roosevelt in his open car. Towers being erected to carry electric power from the dam's hydroelectric generators. President Franklin D. Roosevelt smiling broadly at the formal dedication ceremony, September 30, 1935. Controlled discharges of water through the dam. Views of the Boulder Dam hydroelectric generating station. Oil well rigs or oil derricks at work during construction at night. People at work in fabric mills or textile mills, and in a print shop
Berlin, Germany at night. Views of International Congress Centre tower, night view of streets. Large poster at theatre advertising the film Die Herrin Von Atlantis (The Mistress of Atlantis) with Brigitte Helm (released in Berlin in September 1932). Many lit nighttime signs and buildings including Cafe Am Zoo, Automat, Michels, Capitol theatre showing a film starring Elisabeth Berger and Rudolf Forster and directed by Paul Czinner (Possibly Dreaming Lips or Melo -- both released in 1932). Platz Hermann Tietz. Wintergarten theatre and show girls dancing inside. Fireworks show over water. German band playing brass instruments with some band members sitting on top of the shoulders of others. Beer taps filling beer steins. People drinking liquor, smoking and dancing in groups at various locations. Female bartender wearing hat "Haus Waterland" mixes drink while dancing side to side. A man and a chef share a sausage on a platter. Brief moments of on-location background sounds during some scenes.
German Professor Eugen Sänger conceived of a rocket-propelled airplane in 1934. View of his sketches and notes.View of a workshop, close to his home, where Sänger developed his ideas. It is a nondescript building with wooden exterior and "Deutsche Raketenflug-Werft, Vien1934" (German Rocketflight shipyard, Vienna,1934) scrawled on its door. Professor Sänger and an assistant are seen in doorway of the workshop. Interior views of machinery. Blueprint cross-section of Sängers first Rocket motor (the S.R.1) from 1932. Drawing of test facility arrangement from 1932. Drawing of the S.R.2 rocket motor from 1933, with high pressure liquid oxygen cooling. Drawing of testing apparatus and arrangement from 1933, including Bosch fuel injection pump.
Designs by various international scientists and inventors who have contributed to solving the problems of rocket motor development, based on the German preparatory work. Their combustion chamber designs owe much to the German pioneers in the field. Shown are design sketches by Russian scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Ziolkowsky) in 1914; French inventor Henri Melot, in 1920; German Friedrich Zander, in 1931; Bull, 1932; The American Rocket Society, with several designs from 1932; and The Cleveland Rocket Society. Views of rocket combustion research mactivity by Ernst Loebell of the Cleveland Rocket Society in 1933. He is seen outdoors in the snow with his apparatus. View of Loebell's test firing stand, and a picture of an actual test firing, outdoors. Ernst Loebell with model and rocket motor from his spaceship projects of 1934 and at the International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life held in Paris, 1937. Cutaway views of the spaceship. The rocket motor wrapped in cooling coils. Rocket motor design by John Shesta of the American Rocket Society, from 1934. Design by Rene Armengaud of France, in 1934 and Deich in 1935