Opening scene shows a British Siege battery of several 9.2 inch howitzers. View from a protected position, of a huge shell exploding. A formation of French Spad airplanes in flight. A French Renault F-17 light tank traversing rough terrain near a forest. Bombs being dropped by hand from an open cockpit airplane. Three bombs exploding on the ground. German troops running past the camera. Glimpse of others in a trench in the background, who appear to be wearing Pickelhauben. Explosions with dense white smoke. A fallen soldier on a litter, on the ground. Nighttime view of artillery flashes. Troops silhouetted against fires burning in the background as they move at night. Smoke blowing across the scene, as artillery fires. A railroad gun firing. A battery of two French 320 mm railway guns. A shell exploding in a field. French 320mm gun firing. Two French 370mm railway guns. One is firing. A soldier sheltering in a deep shell hole and smoke rising all over No-Man's Land. Wounded soldiers recuperating in a hospital. Patients and medical staff posing for photographs in a ward. Signing of the Kellogg-Briand (Pact of Paris) outlawing war, on Aug. 27, 1928, at the Palais D'Orsay, in Paris, France.
German cavalry on horseback entering Belgium and Berman infantry marching in France, at the start of World War 1 (1914). The famed Taxicab army is seen carrying French soldiers in Paris. General Ferdinand Foch reviewing elements of the French 9th Army. French and British troops firing a British BL 8-inch howitzer. French troops rushing across no-man's land of trenches and barbed wire, as shells burst. German soldiers taken prisoners in trench. General Foch shaking hands with U.S. General Pershing, aboard a U.S. warship. Sketch of signing of the armistice, November 1, 1918 on a railway carriage at Compiegne. Monument to Marshal Foch. Monument to Minister of War, Andre Maginot. concrete being poured. French construction of the Maginot Line. Animated illustrated cross-section of the line.View of troops moving on rail cars in the Maginot line. Glimpse of Maginot line guns on surface. At outbreak of World War 2, French troops deploy to the Maginot line. French troops inside bunkers and tunnels of Maginot Line. Marshal Petain reviewing the troops as they deploy. Muzzle of a Maginot line gun. Hitler with Military Chiefs planning. View of French Foreign Minsister, Aristide Briand,during signing of the 1928 Kellogg-Briand antiwar pact in Paris.Frank R. Kellogg, U.S. Secretary of State at the table to Briand's left. His signature on the document. A field full of French Bloch MB.150 airplanes. French airman poses with Potez 58 airplane. French AMC 34 tanks. Crowd milling about at Renault Building and unrest elswhere in Paris, France. Newspapers chronicle failure of the League of Nations. Movie cartoon about weakening of France by Nazi inspired social strife and sabotage. French Army troops in mess hall eat at long tables and pour wine with meal. Idle French troops across the Rhine River targeted by German propaganda and psychological warfare including banners; messages by balloons;German bands playing French tunes; large loudspeakers broadcasting in French.
Flight of Cierva C.8L autogiro (G-EBYY) from Croydon, United Kingdom to France, the first cross-channel flight by a rotating wing aircraft, on 18 Sep 1928. The pilot Juan de la Cierva and the editor of 'L Illustration' M Bouche stand near the 180 hp Lynx-powered autogiro. The men get into the autogiro. The pilot talks to spectators and photographers gathered around the autogiro. The autogiro takes off and is seen air-to-air over the channel. After the flight to St Inglevert, the autogiro later lands at Le Bourget airport, Paris (where it is now preserved at the Musee de l'Air). Men approach autogiro. The pilot sits on edge of cockpit of the autogiro.
Vendors of books and art works display their wares outdoors, in Paris, France. Books, novels and other literature displayed on stalls on sidewalks of Paris. Men sell books. People buy books. Paintings displayed at stalls across the Paris streets. Artist seen at work. A child looks at the paintings. A cat on a bench.
'The Epic American Trans Atlantic Flight' depicts crashes involving various pilots in the United States. Captain Charles A. Lindbergh. On September 21, 1926, Rena Fonck stands in front of his Sikorsky airplane, ready to try a solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris. He takes off and crashes in flames.
Navy Commander Richard E. Byrd poses. On April 16, 1927, his Fokker C-2 trimotor airplane ("America"), piloted by Anthony Fokker, with Byrd, Floyd Bennett, and George O. Norville,on board, flips over on takeoff at Hasborough, New Jersey. In September, 1927. Clarence Chamberlin in a Bellanca plane taxis and takes off. The tail and right main wheel dig into the soft field on landing and the airplane is severely damaged. The wreck of the "American Legion" Keystone Pathfinder airplane that carried Commander Noel Davis and Lieutenant Stanton Wooster to their deaths, in a crash landing, in the Back river, near Langley Field, Virginia, In Paris, on April 26, 1927,Frenchmen, Captain Charles Nungesser and Francois Coli pose before taking off on their ill fated flight, in a Levasseur PL8 aircraft, named " White Bird." Charles Lindbergh standing next to his mother,Evangeline Land Lindbergh. The "Spirit of St. Louis" is towed out and refueled at Mineola, New York. Charles Lindbergh climbs into the plane and makes a bumpy takeoff. Bystanders watch. People gather to greet him upon arrival in Paris. Lindbergh poses with U.S. Ambassador to France Myron Herrick. Lindbergh honored by the French President Gaston Doumergue.
Charles A. Lindbergh posing in front of his airplane, "The Spirit of St. Louis." The Spirit of St. Louis landing at an airfield in the United States. People gathered around the Spirit of St. Louis, with its engine running.Lindbergh climbing aboard his airplane at Roosevelt Field on May 20, 1927, and taking off on his historic solo transatlantic flight to Paris. View of Lindbergh climbing steeply in the Spirit of St. Louis during his flight from Paris to Brussels, in 1927, Nightime scenes of crowds running to see Lindbergh upon his arrival at Le Bourget airfield in Paris on May 21, 1927. French President Gaston Doumergue stands with Lindbergh on a balcony, where they wave the French tricolor. They converse, framed by American flags (one of which, almost falls from the balcony). Lindbergh holds and waves both the American flag and the French tricolor. The French President presents the Honor Legion Medal to Charles Lindbergh. Tug boats and fire boats fill New York Harbor to welcome Charles A. Lindbergh upon his arrival in that city. New York fetes Lindbergh with tickertape parade.