This film shows numerous types and models of World War One aircraft in operation. It opens showing Allied airplanes preparing for a maximum air campaign in the battle of Saint Mihiel. View from inside a hanger as its flap opens and men push a Sopwith Camel airplane out onto airfield. Map of St Mihiel. American planes warm up on flight line in predawn, with flares burning at wingtips. Huge numbers of allied airplanes are marshaled on airfields throughout the theater of operations and begin taking off. Among them is a French Morane-Saulnier low wing monoplane. German fliers are seen loading small hand held bombs into the cockpit of their Albatross aircraft. Soldiers in combat on ground in "no man's land" during the battle of St. Mihiel. They take refuge in large shell and bomb craters and try to advance running between them.. Germans fliers dropping bombs, by hand, from airplane. Numerous Allied and German airplanes in aerial dogfights. American planes over clouds. American Observation balloon attacked in sky. Balloon in flames, and trailing black smoke as it falls to the ground. French flag flies at an airfield, where a nosed-over airplane sits, by a hangar, as airplanes fly overhead. Aircraft taxiing about in close quarters at airfield. Large formations of American airplanes flying overhead in a grand formation, following the Armistice, November 11, 1918 Then the film shifts dramatically from World War One to the post-WWII year of 1947. It illustrates the dramatic advances in warplanes since WWI by showing U.S. B-36 bombers and straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet fighters is formation.
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Fighter Squadron in France during World War 1. Lt Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a 94th Squadron Nieuport 28c.1fighter #12, as a ground crewman turns a propeller and the engine starts. The squadron's "Hat in Ring" logo is painted on the fuselage. Jump to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of a SPAD S.XIIIc.1 fighter. April 1918: Lieutenant Edwin Green seated in the cockpit of a Nieuport 28c.1 which starts to taxi. Another Nieuport takes off and climbs. Forward to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit turns around and points towards the ground. A mock dogfight between two WW I bi-winged aircraft. American Army aviator Captain Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a USAAS Dayton-Wright DH-4 bomber looks back and waves. Aircraft is in flight. Aerial views of the ground showing a coastline below. The aircraft climbing over the clouds. Captain J.A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of an airborne aircraft. Captain Rickenbacker in his SPAD S.XIII fighter #1 in flight over the clouds. (Note: This is a segment of a longer film described in Eddie Rickenbacker's 1919 book, "Fighting the Flying Circus." It was filmed by Capt.Cooper of the U.S. Army Signal Corps from October 18th - 21st, 1918, and contained reenactments of air combat, some of it with a captured German Hanover C.III observation plane.) (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)
155mm guns are assembled at munitions factory in Puteaux, France, by French workers, during World War 1. French 155's are loaded on flatcars at St. Cloud. Two World War I French Generals converse with each other. 155mm guns along with the freight car being lifted and put in place in rail yard. French and American representatives look on. Workers help load the guns.
U.S. soldiers near St. Mihiel, France during World War I. A band of American soldiers leads a funeral procession. A caisson moves across a field towards a graveyard. Houses in the background. Newly dug graves in the graveyard. Closeup view of cross at the grave of Major Harry A. Harvey of the 103rd Field Artillery, who died on September 12, 1918. Clergy and soldiers seen during the funeral ceremony for Major Harry Aloysius Harvey and other soldiers killed in the Battle of St Mihiel.
Several soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) are seen moving through a trench, carrying supplies to their sector. Snow is on the ground all around the trench. Suddenly they stop and don their gas masks. The sit down in the trench as a gas cloud comes over them. Scene changes to a group of soldiers digging defenses at the base of a earthen berm. A lookout sentry standing above them sees a gas cloud headed their way and alerts everyone. All stop what they are doing, don their gas masks, and take up positions to better observe. Some remain behind the berm and other stand upon it. The next sequence illustrates the use of Ayrton fans to clear gas from a trench. Soldiers waving the fans move, one behind the other, low in a deep trench. In the next scene, drifting gas partially obscures a dugout entrance in a trench. A soldier, uses an Ayrton fan to dispel the gas. In the final scene, soldiers in gas masks are in firing positions in a trench. A gas cloud appears to have dissipated. One soldier removes his gas mask make sure it is safe, and then tells the others, who remove their masks and stow them away. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Allied troops in France during World War I. U.S. General John J. Pershing after the Battle of Saint Mihiel Salient. On September 12th Allied soldier in a field as they prepare for the Battle of Saint Mihiel Salient. Men dig trenches. Artillery being fired at the enemy position by the Allies. Allied soldiers advance. Cavalry units, infantry units and supplies loaded on to carts as they move further. Cavalry units move over wooden planks to cross a trench. Wounded being carried on litters. Artillery being fired. Soldiers on foot and a convoy of military trucks advance. Allied soldiers march forward with damaged houses in the background. An American tank crossing from a field to a lower road during battle. Smoke rises from a battlefield. Shell cases piled up as Allied soldiers load shells in an artillery piece and fire at German enemy targets. Stone concrete dug outs of Germans in Mont Sec, France being used by the Allies. Two Allied soldiers in the dugout as they look through binoculars. Views of French civilians and refugees after being freed from four years of German rule. They talk with American soldiers, smile, and relax.