British officers supervising construction of a small wooden bridge over the Wami River in German East Africa (Tanzania). British Indian colonial soldiers assemble wood logs on support. British officer instructs them. Colonial soldiers carry a wounded soldier on a stretcher, across the new bridge.
U.S. battleship, USS Tennessee, sails up East River to Brooklyn Naval Yard. Next scene shows her heading back out to sea for maneuvers with a fleet in the Atlantic Ocean. in both, the Tennessee sails under the Brooklyn Bridge. Woolworth Building in Manhattan visible. A tugboat follows.View,upward, to roadbed of the Brooklyn Bridge, from vessel passing underneath. Crew members aboard the ship look at the skyline of New York City. A large boat filled with sightseers passes on the river. A group of U.S. Navy officers poses near a gun turret of the ship. A group of sailors sits under a three-gun turret aboard the ship. Commercial vessels moving in the river. Sailors at railing, look at skyline of Manhattan, New York City, as the ship passes on the East River. Ferry boats pass. View of the Statue of Liberty, in mist, framed above, by three of the Ship's 14 inch guns. Two Admirals and the USS Tennessee's officers, pose on deck, under two turrets with three 14 inch guns, in each. Sailors of the crew pose on deck of the battleship. A different time: December 25, 1918, Crewman in foul weather gear stands at railing of official Photographers boat, with battleships in background, during the great Naval review. A motor launch flying a two-star admiral's ensign, passes at high speed, with the Presidential Yacht, Mayflower, in background. The launch circles and reverses course.
General Jan Christiaan Smuts reviews South African troops under British forces of the United Kingdom in World War 1. Soldiers stand aligned at a field. General Smuts comes with other officers and reviews the troops preparing for battle against German forces in East Africa during the Anglo-Belgian invasion. He lifts his hat up and soldiers too raise their hats. General Smuts poses. Commandos of the famous late General Delarey (Koos de la Rey) prepare to leave on the campaign as they assemble saddles.
Civilians return to Italy during World War II. Italian hospital ship Saturnia (later the U.S. Army Hospital Ship Frances Y. Slanger) underway in the Mediterranean Sea. Women and others on the deck of a ship. Civilians disembark from the Saturnia and the Vulcania as they return from East Africa. Women and children on the deck of a ship.
King Sir Seretse Khama and his wife in Bamangwato Botswana, Southern Africa. His wife Queen Ruth Williams seated in a car. He stands outside the car and looks at the area. Thatched huts in the area. Men seated on the ground discussing amongst themselves. They gather outside a building. Ruth Williams talking to Sir Seretse Khama.
Film opens with brief glimpse of a coastal city on the Mediterranean Sea. A mosque is the most notable building in the scene. A unit of Somaliland Camel Corps rides along a desert ridge. They pass behind a staionary British light tank. Change of scene shows a parked Italian communications vehicle being approached by another vehicle. An Italian soldier wearing a headset flags down the approaching vehicle and gives a dispatch to a soldier standing in the vehicle, which promptly pulls away. Next, A column of British Vickers light tanks Mk VI, are seen moving along in the desert. The lead tank is a command variant with special communications gear. Closeups of the tanks as they pass the camera. Next, they are seen at a distance.