From a documentary film entitled "World War I". Events leading to World War I. Soldiers at a parade. In August 1914 the leading nations of Europe prepare to go for a war. Soldiers on the battle field. The scenes after the war show damage to life and material. Smoke all around. A tank on the battle field. Sketches of the U.S. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson explain people to be neutral in the war. A sketch of a soldier carrying an artillery.
Sketches depict World War I, the industries in the United States. Workers work inside the factory. A sketch of Thomas Woodrow Wilson. People hold strike posters. The President addresses a gathering. A cartoon depicts the concern of the President in the domestic reforms. Sketch of the President sitting in a chair and other officials stand near him. Animation of a map shows Serbia. Sketches of assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb citizen of Austria-Hungary. Serbia raises a war against Austria and Russia assists. Soldiers on horses prepare for war. Soldiers carry weapons as they run. Germany assists Austria in the war. Soldiers on horses carry weapons. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson seeks to help the world. Sketches of soldiers on horses during a fight and of an injured soldier during the war.
Relative oil production of the United States and other countries for the year 1914 is depicted. A political map of the United States shows some states with dots and some with crosses and some states with dots and crosses both. A box on the top left corner of the map shows the state of Alaska. A map of the continent of South America with oil production of some of its countries. A box on the top right side of the map shows oil production in Trinidad. A map of Russia shows its neighboring countries such as Germany, Galicia, Roumania and others. Relative oil production in these countries is depicted using crosses and dots. Boxes on the top right corner of the map show relative oil production in Japan and Formosa. Another map shows India, Tibet and neighboring countries. Relative oil production in these countries is depicted. A box in the lower middle of the map shows relative oil production in Dutch East Indies.
Tsar Nicholas II is seen with Grand Duke, Nicholas Nikolaevich (the tall officer in his retinue) during a military review at beginning of World War 1. Along with senior Russian officers, they review troops in formation at a parade ground near St. Petersburg (Petrograd) Russia. After reviewing the formation, they walk past a low platform in the center of the field, where Russian Orthodox Metropolitan vladimir (Bogoyavlensky) of Petrograd (St. Petersburg) stands with several priests. With their hats removed, The Tsar and his party review a military unit in formation, whose members also have their their hats removed. The Tsar and party approach the Bishop and stop to cross themselves. The Bishop responds with a slight bow to the Tsar. Scene changes to members of the French military mission to Russia standing at the edge of the parade grounds. Next, the Tsar and his retinue walk to take up a position from which to review Russian troops on parade. Alexei Nikolaevich, Tsarevich of Russia, in uniform, walks with his father. As troops pass in review, young Alexei is seen at left of the screen standing at attention. Scene shifts to another part of the grounds, where camera pans across the Tsar and party to military representatives from other nations.
Headlines of prominent newspapers show rising tensions prior to World War 1. Headline of New York American 'Czar expects war declaration today, England and Germany ready to strike, Austrians and Serbs in big battle'. Montage of headlines. Berliner Tageblatt New York Times headlines say 'Austria and Serbia ready for war, Russia gives warning to Germany, London still sees hope for peace'. NY Times and Freier Press headlines the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. Serbian police dragging the assassin. Blood stained tunic of Archduke. Burial ceremony of Archduke with coffin covered with Austrian flag. Czar Nicholas II of Russia reviews troops. Mass demonstration in streets of Moscow. Civilians armed with rifles marching in demonstration. Leon Tortosky saluting, Bolshevik troops in parade. Food distribution to children and people eating on snow covered streets of Moscow. Headlines showing Russian entry in World War I. Snow covered Kremlin. Vladimir Lenin at a desk. Talks.
Rulers of various European nations review their armed forces before they march for battle in World War I. Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany reviews his troops lined for an honor guard in his palace in Berlin, Germany. President Raymond Poincare in France bids farewell to his military generals proceeding for World War II. Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria reviews an honor guard by his troops. Czar Nicolas II of Russia reviews his troops in Moscow, Russia. Russian soldiers in trenches during the World War I. Explosion and infantrymen advance between heavy shelling. Dead bodies of soldiers in bog in a trench.
Newspaper headline declares Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Countess Sophie's assassination by a Bosnian youth in Sarajevo. The Archduke's bullet ridden uniform. The caskets carrying the bodies of the Archduke and his wife are taken to Vienna. The caskets wrapped in the Austrian flag at the port. Officers and soldiers salute in their honor. Priests lead the funeral procession followed by the caskets brought in horse carriages. Various New York newspaper headlines depicting beginning of World War I: Austria declares war on Serbia, Russia mobilizes against Austria, Germany declares war on Russia, France and England declare war on the Central Powers. Berlin: A large crowd gathered on the streets of Berlin. German troops and band march on the streets. Crowd greets the soldiers.