The ceremonies at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in the honor of the British soldiers in Thiepval, France. Exterior of a building. People and officials gather at the Cenotaph. Soldiers walk as they hold flags. An officer addresses the people. Soldiers lower the flags.
Scenes from a popular British movie about World War One, released after the war, in the 1920's. British troops fight against the Germans in Thiepval and Gommecourt, France during World War I. British soldiers advance across no man's land. Germans fire machine gun at them from fortified position. Views of the German gunners inside their position. Advancing British troops fall to the machine gun fire. German troops firing rifles at the British troops from sandbagged bunker. Scenes of German troops regaining their trenches at Gammecourt, climbing over the bodies of fallen British troops from the London and Midland Divisions.
Designs by various international scientists and inventors who have contributed to solving the problems of rocket motor development, based on the German preparatory work. Their combustion chamber designs owe much to the German pioneers in the field. Shown are design sketches by Russian scientist, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Ziolkowsky) in 1914; French inventor Henri Melot, in 1920; German Friedrich Zander, in 1931; Bull, 1932; The American Rocket Society, with several designs from 1932; and The Cleveland Rocket Society. Views of rocket combustion research mactivity by Ernst Loebell of the Cleveland Rocket Society in 1933. He is seen outdoors in the snow with his apparatus. View of Loebell's test firing stand, and a picture of an actual test firing, outdoors. Ernst Loebell with model and rocket motor from his spaceship projects of 1934 and at the International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life held in Paris, 1937. Cutaway views of the spaceship. The rocket motor wrapped in cooling coils. Rocket motor design by John Shesta of the American Rocket Society, from 1934. Design by Rene Armengaud of France, in 1934 and Deich in 1935
Newspaper headline in Washington post reads 'United States and Germany at War'. Civilians recruited into the army. American pilots of the 103rd Aero Pursuit Squadron, in France, with their Spad aircraft. American airplane factories in operation. (Many women workers are seen.) Celebrations at end of World War I. Airplanes, under command of General Billy Mitchell bomb obsolete warships in demonstration. Postwar flyers and wing walkers. Stuntmen parachute from high buildings and airplanes. Aircraft flying forest fire patrols. Lieutenant Colonel Arnold commands emergency airlift and drop of food to snowbound Indians in American Southwest, in 1932. World War I scene of American 103rd Aero Pursuit Squadron Spad airplanes taking off, in France. Lieutenant Colonel Hap Arnold with his family.
A French woman with umbrella at a grave in Verdun battlefield. Official Dedication (inauguration) of the Verdun Ossuary at Douaumont, France, August 7, 1932. Seen is French General Henri Giraud, along with other officials. Soldier of French Colonial Regiment (Moroccan) dips tricolor flag embroidered with campaign symbols.
Famous passengers aboard ocean liner SS Manhattan (later USS Wakefield during World War 2) in the United States. Flashbacks show USS Manhattan being christened by Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt on 5th December, 1931. It is seen being launched from New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden New Jersey. View of maiden voyage on 10th August,1932, with passengers boarding the ship. It leaves a port for her first trip to Thailand, England, Germany and France. The passengers dance aboard the deck of SS Manhattan. Passengers including Babe Ruth, Jimmy Walker, Glenn Cunningham, and aviator Douglas Corrigan ("Wrong Way Corrigan") seen aboard the ship.