Turkey declares War and formally enters World War 1, on November 4, 1914. Turkish military Governor of Palestine, Djemal Pasha, and ministers are seen leaving the government building in Jerusalem. Turkish mobilization begins. People show enthusiasm. Crowds are seen including a few soldiers, some on horseback, and people beating drums and marching with massed flags.
Headlines in various New York and Belgian newspapers report the entry of Austria, Germany, Russia and Great Britain into the World War 1. A poster part of the recruitment campaign by Lord Kitchener, British Secretary of State for War. British troops in the streets of England, mobilize for the war. King George V, his son and uncle, inspect British troops. Turkey: The Sultan of Turkey and other military officials emerge from a building. The Sultan takes his seat in horse carriage and is driven away. Turkish troops at a port and soldiers seated in a ship. Belgium: Bombarded buildings and ruins in Louvain. People and soldiers on the street. People in carts on a road in search of new homes. Military officers study a map. Belgrade: Serbians bomb Belgrade. Soldiers fire artillery guns. Bomb explosions on a hill. British soldiers camp with French soldiers across the channel. Australian soldiers march ahead to join the war. Germany: Retired General Paul Von Hindenburg, commander of the Germans, and other military officers pose outside a building. The German emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm II ascends from the sand dunes of Belgium to inspect his troops in a field. France: French soldiers on alert in trenches and bunkers, defend the borders of Paris. General Gallieni and his troops leave Paris for the front in taxicabs.
Political scenario in Europe prior to World War I. Sultan Mehmed V gets off a carriage in Turkey. Officials greet him. People look on as cavalry units move past.
People in the Ottoman Empire display enthusiasm for entry into World War 1. Opening scene shows a Bedouin girl performing a "wild sword dance" in Palestine, near the Dead Sea on the Sinai peninsula. Other girls and women are lined up near her and clap and sway to the same rhythms. Sequence shifts to Turkey and a large gathering of people at start of Ottoman mobilization for World War 1. Uniformed soldiers wearing the fez are seen mingling with civilians. In a change of scene, camels walk along carrying supplies for Ottoman troops in Jerusalem. Camel tenders are seen at a water hole, washing items and drawing water. Turkish boy scouts and ship boys parade in the midst of the war mobilizing activities.
Men lined on a bench turkey plucking competition at Ottman and Company building in New York. Plucked turkeys piled in front of them. The winner plucking 30 turkeys in 50 minutes is presented a turkey. The turkey flaps in his hands. A slow motion segment shows a man in the competition yawning while pulling off turkey feathers.
First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Patricia Nixon receives thanksgiving turkeys from National Turkey Federation in the White House, Washington DC. Officials present Mrs Nixon with turkeys. White House officials watch the turkeys. Mrs Nixon watches the turkeys and talks to the officials.