Opening slate refers to King George V visiting the British "contemptible little army," at the front in France. This refers to German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm, who ostensibly issued an order in August 1914 referring to General French's "contemptible little army." (General French refers to Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, who commanded the British Expeditionary Force following the outbreak of World War 1.) The King with his Aide de Camp, Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, and others, steps from an official car. One officer, in an overcoat, walks away, rapidly,heading towards a road where British troops are moving. He is standing there with two officers wearing white arm bands, as King George V and his party reach the spot.Cavalry horses are grazing in a field nearby. British Expeditionary Force (BEF) units are moving along the road. The King greets and shakes hands with an officer standing near the moving troops. The road is crowded with horse-drawn wagons moving war materiel. Infantry are seen in the far background. (World War i; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
British women march on the street in large numbers in the United Kingdom. They march in rain. They hold boards, banners and placards with the messages that they desire to work for the nation early during World War I. One sign reads, "Mobilize brains and energy of women." Houses and shops along the sides of the street. Vehicles pass on the street.
Coal miners stand at a railway station in United Kingdom. A train arrives on the railway track. Other miners come out of the train. They hold lamps in their hands. The miners cast their votes in Tredegar. They walk on the street. Houses along the sides of the street.
Women work at a factory in the United Kingdom. A bicycle in the background. The British women are seen hammering nails into wooden boards and panels, possibly building wooden boxes or wooden panels.
British troops boarding train in United Kingdom, during World War I. Others walk along the platform of a railroad station, where a train sits with its doors open. The doors identify the coaches as third class. Two officers converse. One smokes a cigar. A sign reads: "Cross The Line By The Bridge". Officers and soldiers board the train.
Prospective recruits gather around advertisements outside a recruiting station in the United Kingdom, during World War I. A uniformed officer escorts several recruits inside the building to sign them up.