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.
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.
French President Raymond Poincaré and his wife inspect St Mihiel France a few hours after its liberation from the Germans. President Poincare with his wife comes out of a building. She meets a child. World War 1 French Army officers and other officials talk with the president and his wife.
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.
Consequences of the St. Mihiel Offensive of World War I. A German cemetery in St. Mihiel, France. A road along the cemetery. Trees along the road. A vehicle parked on the road. A man standing in the cemetery salutes. A soldier enters the cemetery.
Action and Service condition in The Saint Mihiel Drive in France. General John Joseph Pershing writes in his office. Allied troops on trucks pass by road. Trees besides road. Horse cart and troops on horses pass on road. A cartoon about the threat to Verdun. A map shows French province across Moselle River. Soldiers stand in dugout at Montsec in Meuse department, France. (World War I. World War 1. WWI. WW1)