Merchant Marine officers who need to join their ship, leave dock on a Egyptian launch that takes them out to their ship, in Port Said, Egypt. (The launch flies an Egyptian flag design in use from 1922 through 1953.) When the officers arrive at their ship, deckhands lower a rope ladder and the officers climb aboard. View of steamship, SS Aeolia, underway. (This ship, launched as the Stuyvesant 1918, was acquired in 1950 and named, Aeolia, by Cia Naviera del Atlantica of Panama. It was managed for them by the Hellenic Mediterranean Lines, Piraeus.) Back of a sailor as boat he is on passes a statue of Ferdinand de Lesseps at the Port Said entrance to the Suez Canal.. Views waters around Port Said with palm trees along shore and commercial shipping traffic in the waters.
U.S. Navy battleship USS Arizona (BB-39) passes through Panama Canal Locks into Gatun Lake. Canal towing locomotive and towing machinery seen with cables fastened to the ship. Ship personnel are on deck in dress white uniforms.
Japanese Ambassador to the United States Hirosi Saito officially declares that Japan would no longer abide by the terms of the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. Hirosi Saito steps from his car and enters the Old Executive Office building in Washington DC. Exterior view of Executive office building. He descends the steps of the building and enters his car.
Rise of Benito Mussolini after World War I and taking Italy to World War II. Benito Mussolini and the Blackshirts parade in Rome when the Fascist Party comes to power after ousting Italian Prime Minister Luigi Facta in October 1922. Civilians of Benito Mussolini's Fascist Party parade in the 'March on Rome' when Mussolini takes over the government. Cheering civilians surround Mussolini as he exits from a building. The Blackshirts parade. Mussolini speaks from a balcony. A large crowd gives the Fascist salute at one of Mussolini's mass meetings. Members of the Fascist Youth parade on the streets. German Chancellor Adolf Hitler deplanes in Venice and meets Italian Prime Minister Mussolini for the first time. Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Gian Galeazzo Ciano and Mussolini and staff review troops. Mussolini shakes hands with Hitler, surrounded by Italian notables. A Royal Box at a ceremony shows Hitler, Mussolini, King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy and the Queen of Italy. An Italian tank review near Rome's Colosseum. Italian crack troops goose-step past the Royal Box for Hitler to review. The Munich Conference shows Hitler, Mussolini, Prime Minister of France Eduard Daladier, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain among others. Mussolini signs the Munich Pact. A crowd massed near the Victor Emmanuel Memorial acclaim Mussolini after his return from Munich.
Japanese Ambassador to the United States Hiroshi Saito calls on U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull In December 1934 to inform that Japan will denounce the Washington Naval Treaty on 1922 which limited the size of the Japanese fleet. A close up of the ambassador Saito. He exits the State, War, and Navy Building (later the Executive Office Building) and gets in a car. Next segment: A female pilot Helen Richey becomes the first woman to fly mail in the United States. Richey stands in front of an aircraft and shakes hand with an official. Richey in the cockpit and the aircraft takes off. From a December 14, 1959 newsreel recounting events 25 years earlier.
German glider pilots with sailplanes compete in the Rhön gliding contest at the Wasserkuppe Hill in Germany. Baron Von Freyberg is seen settling himself at the controls of a Harth-Messerschmitt glider. Next, the glider is launched and those pushing it off duck for cover as it ascends. It flies well but fairly low above the ground. Another scene shows the glider with men holding each wing tip as they run to launch it. But the glider doesn't develop enough speed and lift, to make it off the ground. Views of another glider, the Besenstiel (Broomstick), built by Schoolmaster Ferdinand Schulz, using bed sheets and broomsticks.The camera pans around the glider showing details of its construction. (It was judged too fragile to be allowed in the competition.) Another glider is launched and appears to fly quite successfully. Teams of participants are seen pulling gliders back up the hill after flights.