Belgian infantry charge down a steep sandy hillside at Nieuport (Nieuwpoort) Belgium, in three columns, during World War 1. The nearest column is led by an officer brandishing a sword. They ascend another hill, opposite, where they fan out and continue their advance, side by side, across the crest of the hill.
French troops march and move supplies in horse-drawn wagons, along road near Niewport, Belgium preparing for the Battle of the Yser, in World War 1. Their facilities are seen at the edge of the flooded Yser River. Two soldiers are seen crossing flooded area on a makeshift single-path atop a berm snaking across a flooded section of road. Views of wartorn buildings surrounded by the flooded river. ( Note: To thwart German advances toward Calais, Belgians deliberately opened sluices at Nieuport allowing water levels to rise during high tides, creating a flooded area a mile wide as far south as Diksmuide.)
Opening scene shows a man being roughed up by a group of men in an alleyway. A slate comments (in French) that when nations are bellicose, an assassination can cause a world war. Next, a slate shows picture of the world and states (in English) "One murder may start a world war." Another slate (in French) states that In 1914, while Europe's armies and fleets were more powerful than they had ever been, the nephew of the Emperor of Austria (Archduke Ferdinand) was assassinated. A front page is shown of newspaper, "Journal De Geneve" carrying the story. Next scene is a view of the city of Sarajevo. The ancient Emperor's Mosque dominates the scene. A slate appears asking Where is Sarajevo? It is followed by a map of Europe in 1914, which zooms in on Austria and Serbia and identifies and labels Sarajevo,in Austria, close to the Serbian border. Slates (in French) says Austria accused Serbia of War and other nations enter the melee. Animated World map shows the nations getting involved, starting with the German Empire in 1914, including its African colonies, and then successively showing Russia, France, Belgium,Great Britain, Japan, and the Ottoman Empire. Map advances to 1915, showing the Italian empire, Bulgaria,and Central Arabia. In 1916 it adds Portugal, Roumania. Next, the U.S.A. is added in, 1917, along with Central and South America, Greece, Siam, and China. Finally, the slate shows the war ending in 1918. Slate shows Armistice Day, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month (November), with time shown on hands of Big Ben in London.
Events during the Paris Peace Conference. United States President Woodrow Wilson and the members of the American delegation seen near the trenches in Nieuport. Mrs. Wilson and Queen Elizabeth seen with the umbrellas. President Wilson is accompanied by King Albert I of Belgium. French soldiers stand with the rifles on the other side of the trenches.
Events early during World War I. Belgian soldiers fire artillery during the war. Washington Post newspaper headline in August 1914 announces invasion of Belgium by German forces. German forces move past large crowds in the streets of a city. Artillery fired on a battlefield.
The general staff of the Third Division of Belgian Army. The staff members stand outside a building. It is Winter, 1914, and the officers are dressed warmly. Trees in the background are devoid of leaves. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)