Execution of a spy in Toul, France, during World War 2. A slate reads Graham (presumbly cameraman) Execution. Military Policemen (MPs) lead a single spy, Josef Wende, to the execution location in the farmyard of a farmhouse in Toul, Frace. A Catholic Priest in black accompanies the MPs. At the execution point, a Lieutenant Colonel and two other officers stand with the Priest as he speaks with the prisoner. The Priest offers prayers for the German spy, who was a Pole drafted in the German Army and caught behind American lines posing as a Polish slave laborer. The face of Wende is covered using a cloth. The MPs tie the legs of the spy. The firing squad fires at Wende from a distance. The body of Wende leans forward and falls to the ground after it is hit. Afterwards The Lieutenant Colonel returns with a medical corpsman who checks bullet wounds on prisoner's chest and checks for a pulse. MPs pick up the dead body of the spy, cover it with a white sheet and carry it on a stretcher. The Priest prays as MPs pass carrying the body. (Note: Reportedly, Lt. Col. Elbert L. Nelson, Headquarters Third Army, was assigned to head a contingent of several soldiers to witness this and another execution at Toul, on November 11, 1944. He is likely the Lieutenant Colonel seen in this sequence.)
Execution of spies in Toul, France. Soldiers carry a body covered in white cloth. Military Policemen (MPs) lead a single spy to the execution point. A clergyman in black dress also accompanies the MPs. The spy is taken to the execution point. The face of the spy is covered using a cloth. Firing squad fire the spy from a distance. The body of the spy falls sideways after it is hit. MPs pick up the dead body of spy, covers it with a white cloth and is taken away on a stretcher. The firing squad in position.
Execution of German spies in Toul, France. Military Policemen (MPs) lead a German spy to the execution point. A clergyman in black dress also accompanies the MPs. The spy is taken to the execution point. The face of the spy is covered using a cloth. MPs tie the legs of the spy. The firing squad fires at the spy. The body of the spy falls forward after it is hit. MPs move towards the shot spy with a white cloth along with the clergyman.
Execution of German spy Stephan Kortas in Toul, France during World War 2. A soldier's uniform near a tree. A box lies near the tree. U.S. Military Policemen (MPs) walk across the items. Military Policemen (MPs) bring German spy Stephan Kortas to the execution point. From Poland, Kortas was drafted in the German Army and sent behind American lines posing as a Polish slave laborer, where he was caught by U.S. Army forces. A clergyman offers prayers for Kortas. The face of the spy is covered using a cloth. The MPs tie the legs and hands of the spy. Firing squad fires at Stephan Kortas from a distance. Kortas' body leans forward and falls to the ground. The marks of gun shots on the chest of the German spy. MPs pick up the dead body, cover it with a white sheet and carry it on a stretcher.
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Fighter Squadron in Toul, France during World War I. Captain J. A. Meissner climbs out of the cockpit of Eddie Rickenbacker's SPAD S. XIII fighter aircraft and walks away. "Hat in Ring" insignia on side of the aircraft. Three ground crewmen work on a SPAD XIII. 1st Lieutenant Allan Rankin who is an Engineering Officer reads a notice. They pound each other on the back and jump around. Commanding Officer 1st Pursuit Squadron Major Hartney and Operations Officer 94th Aero Squadron Lieutenant Cunningham stand in front of a Fokker V-8 shot down by Lieutenant Rickenbacker. In Toul, France on 18th April, 1918: A group of officers of 94th Aero Squadron including Major J. W. F. M. Huffer, Major Raoul Lufbery, Captain J. N. Hall, Captain Kenneth Marr, Captain D. McK. Peterson, Lieutenant J. B. H. Smith, Lieutenant C. A. Rankin, Lieutenant Reed Chambers, Lieutenant Douglas Campbell, Lieutenant W. L. Loomis, Lieutenant James N. Neissner, Lieutenant M. E. Green, Lieutenant A. L. Cunningham, Lieutenant A. F. Winslow, Lieutenant C. W. Chapman and Lieutenant P. H. Walter, Surgeon, standing in front of a USAAS Nieuport 28 C-l.
An American Hospital Train in Toul, France during World War I. Two U.S. officers leave an evacuation hospital and get into a car. The car pulls away. Wounded soldiers on litters are placed in ambulances. An AEF (American Expeditionary Force) hospital train in Toul.