Crowd milling about in Kronstadt, West of Saint Petersburg,Russia, as group of Russian sailors, soldiers and civilians, marches in their midst carrying a Sign reading "Peace, Freedom, and Bread." On March 7, 1921, The Bolshevik government sends 60,000 troops under command of Mikhail Tukhachevsky to quell the disturbance. They are seen marching in the streets. Next scene shows women looking amongst the fallen for their relatives. View of Leon Trotsky (Commander of the Red Army) walking with some of his staff. View of human remains. Brief view of Lenin. Trotsky writing at his desk. Narrator mentions the State Security Agency called "Cheka," being replaced by the Joint State Political Directorate (AKA OGPU). Narrator calls it the Political Police. Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov is seen walking with a group of Soviet workers and politicians ostensibly charged with overseeing the OGPU. Another scene shows Molotov conversing with Joseph Stalin (Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin). Mikhail Ivanovich Kalinin stands to Stalin's left. views of Stalin. Lev Kamenev, a leader in Moscow City politics. Russian families on a train platform preparing to travel in box cars (to Siberia?). farmers harvesting grain in Russia. A woman shopkeeper cuts a loaf of bread in pieces and weighs them on a scale for sale to a customer. American foodstuffs provided as aid to Russia. Some of the American food being unloaded at a pier. American Relief Administration Chief, Herbert Hoover, standing at a port. Food being distributed to Russian citizens, and to children. Newspaper of March 14, 1923, announces the Lenin suffers a stroke. In January, 1924, a newspaper headline announces that "Lenin is dead." Lenin seen in coffin. Funeral cortege, including principal Soviet leaders, carries the coffin outdoors in falling snow. Spectators watch and others follow in the solemn funeral march. Narrator states that "Stalin,Zinoviev, and Kamenev force Trotsky into exile." Soviet citizens are seen at hard labor under new "Five year plans."
Post Russian Revolution events in Russia. Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, leader of the Bolsheviks, silhouetted and speaking. Commander of the Red Army Leon Trotsky seated at a table. Workers and Peasants Inspection Group is formed and its chief is Joseph Stalin. Stalin, walking with Molotov, and others, on a street. Stalin's supporters Grigory Zinoviev and Lev Kamenev. People at a rail road station. Harvesting grain with machinery. Workers engaged in some private enterprises. Canned food arriving from the United States. American Relief Administration workers handling food items. Scenes of American Relief Administration feeding Russians. Children in Russia eating food. Picture of Herbert Hoover, head ot the American Relief Administration, seen onboard a ship in a harbor. March 14, 1923, newspaper headline reads 'Lenin Suffers a stroke, Condition is Serious; Announcement Causes a Sensation in Moscow'.
The Great Purge in Russia. On March 14, 1923 : A newspaper headline reads 'Lenin Suffers a stroke, Condition is Serious; Announcement Causes a Sensation in Moscow'. On January 21, 1924 : Another newspaper headline reads 'Lenin is Dead'. Bolshevik leader Lenin laid in a coffin. Senior Soviet officials carrying the body of Lenin in a funeral procession through the snow. People watch the funeral procession. Joseph Stalin with an officer. Stalin comes into power after Bolshevik revolutionary Leon Trotsky is forced into an exile. Views of workers pursuing 5-year plan goals: At a railroad train siding building rail infrastructure, with shovels; in logging operations in the snow; in a steel plant. View of coal being transported on conveyer. View of mining operations, with steam shovels filling rail cars. Views of chemical and petroleum facilities. View of hydroelectric power plant turbines and electrical distribution towers and wires. Workers in agriculture, with a truck in a field. Construction workers at large building site. Young machinist working on a lathe in a factory or manufacturing plant. Tailors working in a shop with pictures of Lenin and Stalin on the wall. Steam locomotive pushing train cars including boxcars up a mountain side in Siberia. Soviet "executioner" Nikolai Yezhov and other officers inside a building and footage from the Moscow Trials or sometimes called Moscow Show Trials from 1936 - 1938. Stalin with Bolshevik revolutionaries Lev Kamenev and Grigory Zinoviev who were disposed off during the Great Purge. Scenes of Moscow Trial proceedings, with participants wearing earphones. Picture of Nikolai Yezhov.
Views of Russian during famine following World War 1. Journalist Arthur Ransome (smoking a pipe) and cameraman George Ercole (smoking a cigar) pose at a railroad yard on the Latvian-Russian border. They talk with Latvian and Russian guards and then board a train and depart to record observations in famine-stricken Russia. Views of near-deserted village abandoned by inhabitants seeking food elsewhere. Refugees camping outdoors, on the banks of the Volga River. They share their meager food supplies. Refugee encampments near towns. A cemetery full of white crosses set up near a refugee camp. Refugee peasants housed in railroad freight cars. Large group of starving Russian children.
The world struggle for oil is depicted. Relative production in 1876 by different countries is shown. A political map of the United States. A map shows Russia, Germany, Italy and other countries. A + sign in Italy shows the oil production being less than 1 % of the world's production. A dot in Galicia and Roumania depicts oil production being 1 % of the world's production. A box on the map shows Japan with a + sign.
The world struggle for oil is depicted. Oil production of the United States is compared with that of other countries. Relative production in 1900 is shown. A political map of the United States. A dot in some states represents 1 % of the world's production whereas a cross in other states represents less than 1 % of the world production. A map shows Russia, Germany, Italy, Galicia, Roumania and other neighboring countries. A box on the map shows Japan with a cross. Another map shows India, Tibet, Afghanistan and their neighboring countries. Still another map shows countries of South America. Evolution of internal combustion engines, whereby gasoline is used, is shown using diagrams.