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.
Allied forces bivouacked in a dry stream bed in Serbian mountains, during World War 1. (A foraging mountain goat on rock above ignores them.) Scene change shows French officers, in fortified position, looking through hand-held binoculars and tripod-mounted periscopic binoculars. A British soldier, in another fortified spot, looks through a telescope. Views of shells bursting in the hilly terrain. French gun crew firing a 75mm field piece from a position hidden in foliage. A mix of Central Powers prisoners in a compound, including, Austrian-Hungarians, Turkish, and possibly Bulgarian and other nationalities. They eat from mess kits. Most are seated on the ground. Several relaxed French officers stand in the compound. A cook circulates amongst the seated prisoners.
A company of Horse guards escorts a Royal Carriage bearing King Peter I of Serbia and King Victor Emmanuel III, in Rome, Italy, during World War 1.. They proceed past the Quirinale, Fontana dei Dioscuri, fountain in the Piazza del Quirinale, and into the entrance of the Quirinal Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale). Several other carriages follow, also with horse guards escorts. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Attendants spread a cover across a balcony above the main entrance of the Quirinal Palace (Palazzo del Quirinale) in Rome, Italy, during World War 1. Then, King Peter I, of Serbia, King Victor Emmanuel III, of Italy and his Queen (Elena of Montenegro) appear on the balcony. A huge crowd of people cheer them from the plaza below (Piazza del Quirinale),
High ranking military officials review a parade of military units from in front of the Palace of Justice (Palazzo di Giustizia) in Rome, Italy, during World War 1. Potted plants decorate the Palace entrance. A carriage arrives and stands empty until Serbian King Peter I and King, Victor Emmanuel III, of Italy, step into it. The two converse briefly while they wait for the footmen to take their places in the back of the carriage. The carriage then proceeds with its Royal passengers. Scene shifts to front of the Palace, again, where many civilian dignitaries have gathered to watch the military parade. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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.