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.
Crown Prince of Serbia welcomes French General Pau at a ship in Serbia. They shake hands. They talk amongst themselves. General Pau meets officials on a railway station in Bucharest. He salutes the officials. People gather at a stadium to welcome him. World War 1 Romanian soldiers with guns walk at the stadium.
Title slate notes that ferrets are being sent to the World War I front lines to clear the trenches of rats. A man holds two white ferrets in Serbia. He puts a ferret on top of a shipping crate and plays with it using his hat. He then gathers several white ferrets and begins putting them into their shipping container. End of clip shows very brief scene of canoes in water and a game or contest with a large floating ball in the background, at a fair or competition. American flag bunting strung across water and large wooden roller coaster in background.
Four motor cars arriving at an army tent camp in Serbia, during Second Balkan war in 1913. Prince Alexander I of Serbia with Army officers in a motor car. Prince and officers discuss a map, sitting at a table.
From a documentary film entitled "World War I". Events leading to World War I. Soldiers at a parade. In August 1914 the leading nations of Europe prepare to go for a war. Soldiers on the battle field. The scenes after the war show damage to life and material. Smoke all around. A tank on the battle field. Sketches of the U.S. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson explain people to be neutral in the war. A sketch of a soldier carrying an artillery.
Sketches depict World War I, the industries in the United States. Workers work inside the factory. A sketch of Thomas Woodrow Wilson. People hold strike posters. The President addresses a gathering. A cartoon depicts the concern of the President in the domestic reforms. Sketch of the President sitting in a chair and other officials stand near him. Animation of a map shows Serbia. Sketches of assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria by Gavrilo Princip, a Bosnian Serb citizen of Austria-Hungary. Serbia raises a war against Austria and Russia assists. Soldiers on horses prepare for war. Soldiers carry weapons as they run. Germany assists Austria in the war. Soldiers on horses carry weapons. President Thomas Woodrow Wilson seeks to help the world. Sketches of soldiers on horses during a fight and of an injured soldier during the war.
Conflict in Yugoslavia during World War II. Officials of Axis Powers confer, including German officers and Ante Pavelic,head of the Nazi puppet Croatia. Milan Nedic, prime minister of Nazi puppet Serbia, is the center of attention on several occasions. Soldiers lined up. A pistol, knife and a hand grenade arranged on a table cloth. Italian soldier throws hand grenade. Smoke rises from a street in Yugoslavia. Corpse lying on ground. Nazi-backed Prime Minister of Serbia, Milan Nedic, shakes hands with German officers. German troops seek cover from partisan resistance artillery. Yugoslav partisans, on hill, fire machine guns at Axis trucks moving along a road below them. Occupants abandon the vehicles and jump into ditches at side of road. Partisans organize with primitive weapons and head into hills. Partisan women kiss their homes goodbye and evacuate with their families into the hills. Yugoslav partisans climb into highlands carrying small arms. A German armored train moves along a rail line, firing heavy machine guns at partisans, who wait in hills, ready to detonate explosives. They destroy bridge as train crosses. View of destroyed locomotive.