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.)
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)
A film about the role of Negro soldiers during various wars in the United States. A dramatization shows a Negro soldier of the Spanish -American War. He also talks about his role in Cuba and the construction of the Panama Canal. Footage of the Panama Canal being constructed and ships underway in the canal. U.S. Army forces including black soldiers boarding troop transport ships bound for Europe during World War 1. A railroad train carries Negro soldiers to France during World War I. Negro soldier units under General Pershing march in formation with an Army band in France during World War 1. Negro soldiers work and fight against the Germans, including the 813th Pioneer Regiment near Marseilles, the 332nd Labor Battalion, and the 808th Pioneer Regiment near Verdun. Negro soldiers racing for front lines including the soldiers with the 8th Illinois and the 372nd regiment and the 371st, and also the 369th in the Argonne. View from behind soldier as he fires a machine gun, and U.S. Army soldiers firing artillery. Negro soldiers of the 369th being decorated and receiving the Croix de Guerre for their heroic actions in World War I. The negro soldiers march at a parade in New York City following World War I and are greeted by throngs of enthusiastic negro civilians attending the parade. View of Henry Johnson being congratulated by civilians after he and Needham Roberts performed with exceptional heroism and received the Croix de Guerre. Close up view of the Croix de guerre medal on a uniform. Graves of Negro soldiers who lost their lives during World War I at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. View of the All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors in Logan Square in Philadelphia. View of a stone memorial in France in tribute to the efforts of the negro soldiers of the 371st Infantry Division who fought and died there on April 21, 1918 during World War 1.