Armed members of the Belgian Expeditionary Armored Squadron, ACM-corps (Autos Canons Mitrailleuses) are seen assembling with their motorcycles in preparation for their unit's parade in Longchamps, Paris, France, on April 17, 1915, before their departure to Russia, during World War I.
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.
World War 1 in Russia. Several armed Russian soldiers direct team of men digging a deep common grave, using picks, in the frozen ground. Many frozen bodies of fallen soldiers are seen in snow surrounding them.
Soldiers of the Tsar's Russian Army encamped amidst heavy snowfall during World War I in Russia. Their guns are grouped and erected on ground. Soldiers line up for meal at field kitchen wagon. In Mediterranean area, military supply trucks move on road.
At French airfield, officer smokes a cigarette, while standing by a Squadron flag on which is written: "F: 52". The pennant carries a War Cross decoration. Also shown is a Crescent and Star pennant with War Cross decoration. A bi-wing aircraft is visible in background and one is in a steep descent for a landing. A battery of French heavy guns fire from trenches. An artilleryman installs a fuse in a 12cm round, places it in the 12cm gun and the crew fires it. They eject the spent shell and reload and fire again. French gun crew loads and fires a Big Bertha gun. French gun crew aims a 320mm railway gun.
Celebrations on London's streets following Italy's decision to join the Triple Entente– Britain, France and Russia -- and declare war on Austria-Hungary, during World War I. Crowd on street gathers for demonstration, vehicles also on road. Crowd stand in front of building with flags. Kingdom of Italy flag flies.
Bell Telephone television advertisement depicts the cost of telephone calls over years from 1915 to 1970. Pictures of streets and houses in Boston. Portrait of Alexander Graham Bell. The cost of telephone from 20.70 dollars in 1915 reduced to 70 cents in 1970. Rapid paced montage of images (some still and some motion) from 1915 to 1970. Poster reads 'Japan at War'. Man and woman dance. Missile launched from launch pad. Aircraft parked on runway. The cost of telephone charges reduced over the years. Different types of telephones seen in 1970.