A film on the development of air power. A French observation balloon in flight at Souain in Maine, France on October 2, 1918 during World War I. Anti-aircraft bursts near the observation balloon. Wreckage of a bombed village in the background. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
American 167th and 168th Infantry units rest near Souain during World War I. Shows rubble and captured artillery. Prisoners are being questioned.
The French line ship, SS Lorraine, in camouflage paint, seen backing into port at Bordeaux, France, on June 24, 1918. Belgian troops of the ACM Corps (Autos-Canons-Mitrailleuses, Belgian armored unit) disembark. (Note: Soldiers of This Belgian armored unit fought with the White Russians during World War I. They left Vladivostok for the USA on the SS Sheridan, and docked at San Francisco on May 12, 1918. They were warmly greeted as they proceeded across the U.S. to New York city, where they participated in the Memorial Day Parade. After leaving New York City, aboard the SS La Lorraine, they reached Bordeaux on June 24 1918.)
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.
America in the World War 1 years, before and during the U.S. involvement in the war. View of Woodrow Wilson in academic robe and cap, as President of Princeton University. Steel mill with stacks belching smoke. Workers tap an open hearth furnace in steel mill. Children on a city street dancing and being sprayed with a hose to keep cool in summer. Boy hopping over the backs of his friends. Boys seated on a bench. Scenes from early motion pictures, interposed with images of Uncle Sam from Army recruiting poster: Keystone Cops chasing fugitive; gangster shootouts from cars; automobile hijinks; men raising barrier at railroad level crossing; woman dangling from a line; car racing to cross rail in front of locomotive; comic car chase down; man waving warning flag at blasting site; The Cunard Liner, RMS Lusitania, underway; Newspaper front page about torpedoing of the Lusitania. American soldiers boarding troop ship for France in World War 1; View of the troop ship deck filled with U.S. soldiers. Various scenes of U.S. troops in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in France during World War I: amid wartorn ruins in France; firing French 75s and heavier artillery; charging across no-man's land; caring for wounded behind the lines and in trenches of the battle fields; placing helmets, and identification cards on rifles of the fallen.
View of soldiers with automobiles in an American Motor Transport Corps Reception Park, in France, during World War 1. A general, in a trench coat, is being escorted by another officer as he examines automobiles in the park. atop the main garage, the letters, "M.T.C." and "Motor Reception Park" are painted. The general's car sits with driver, awaiting him. It appears to be a Locomobile touring car, and bears the identification number: 1111. (Note: The American Expeditionary Forces Motor Transport Corps (M.T.C.) was formed out of the Quartermaster Corps on 15 August 1918. As the name implies, Reception Parks were where newly arrived vehicles were uncrated, assembled, and made ready for service.) (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)