Archaeologists discover the remains of the Roman city of Verulamium in St. Albans, England. Excavations being carried on at the ancient site of Verulamium. The archaeologists discover skeletons of animals and pottery specimens during the excavation. They look at the mosaic flooring discovered from the site.
View from location high above Red Square in Moscow, Soviet Union, where more than 50 YaG-10 trucks with 76mm antiaircraft guns (1931 model 3K) are moving in formation. Notable buildings around the square are clearly seen, including: Saint Basil's Cathedral; Spasskaya Tower; and rear of the Historic Museum. Smoky industrial sites and smoke stacks are seen in background. Joseph Stalin, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, stands on portico at the Kremlin, overlooking the parade. Next to him is Klimenty (Klementi) Y Voroshilov, People's Commissar for Defense. Closeup of Stalin smiling and waving. Glimpse of Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov, Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars behind Stalin's left shoulder. The person, to Stalin's right and behind, appears to be Sergei Mironovich Kirov, who was assassinated in December, 1934. Huge formations of Soviet troops maneuver in the square. Closeup of the Yag-10 trucks with antiaircraft guns. Change of scene to Stalin sitting next to Mikhail I Kalinin, Chairman of the Soviet Central Executive Committee.
Robert Kronfeld Austria's glider pilot crosses the English Channel in round trip glide. He is congratulated at by the people at St. Inglevert airfield near Calais, France, after winning the Annual Glider Meet. He handled a motor less aircraft from France to England and back again the same day. A French aircraft crashes while landing during the competition. 20 June 1931.
Famous passengers aboard ocean liner SS Manhattan (later USS Wakefield during World War 2) in the United States. Flashbacks show USS Manhattan being christened by Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt on 5th December, 1931. It is seen being launched from New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden New Jersey. View of maiden voyage on 10th August,1932, with passengers boarding the ship. It leaves a port for her first trip to Thailand, England, Germany and France. The passengers dance aboard the deck of SS Manhattan. Passengers including Babe Ruth, Jimmy Walker, Glenn Cunningham, and aviator Douglas Corrigan ("Wrong Way Corrigan") seen aboard the ship.
Aerial view of many USAAF Troop Carrier Command C-47 aircraft,together with gliders, parked on a field in England. The aircraft and gliders are all painted in D-Day stripes. Views on ground of C-47s taking off towing gliders behind. Formation of C-47s and gliders overhead. Views from an aircraft in a formation. Below, the Portland Bill lighthouse & directional beacon (code-named Flatbush) is seen as the formation departs the English coast. (Note: film view of Portland Bill light is reversed. Roundabout should appear to right of the lighthouse.) Closeup of a glider in the formation. View from a ship, in the English Channel, as an airplane crashes and explodes on the French coast. Aerial view of landing craft on the Normandy beach, as the formation passes overhead. View of French fields flooded by the Germans. Aerial view of parachutes from U.S. Army paratroopers who had dropped into France the night before (June 5th), but no sign of the troops themselves. Masses of gliders on the ground. View inside a glider as it cuts loose from its C-47 tow plane. View from ground as gliders cut loose and maneuver for landing. View of a glider that crashed into a German Headquarters building, and view of another landing in water. Allied gliders destroyed (some burning) and damaged by German gunfire and passive defenses (15 foot poles planted closely in landing zones). A German artillery piece concealed at the edge of a landing zone. American troops, from the gliders, marching into Saint Marcouf, France. Montage of Allied advances and gunfire. Road sign pointing to Sainte Marie-du Mont and Carentan. U.S. troops moving through French town of Sainte Marie-du Monte. U.S. troops riding in a captured German Ketenkrad tracked motorcycle.
War damage in London, England during blitz or blitzkrieg over London in World War II. People walking on a street. Parts of the city of London on fire. Buildings blazing. Firemen at work extinguishing the blazes. Narrow streets filled with debris. The dome of Saint Paul's Cathedral is dimly visible through smoke and glare in the sky. Smoldering ruins and debris on the streets. A postman rummages through the debris for a letter-box. The destroyed church of Saint Lawrence Jewry next to the Guildhall.