American gunners of the 7th Field Artllery fire mustard gas shells from a French 75 field piece in a sandbagged revetment at Varmaise in Oise, France, on July 5, 1918. As they rapid fire, traces of mustard gas emerge from their gun, so they all don their personal gas masks, and continue firing the gas shells. Change of scene shows American troops at a trench in a field, donning gas masks when warned of a German gas attack. With gas masks in place, they commence firing a trench mortar. A string of explosions is seen in the distance, presumably from a number of mortars firing. Scene shifts, again, to troops wearing gas masks, firing their Springfield rifles, from their trench. It appears that they are following a reported World War I practice of loading their magazines to capacity with a 5-round stripper clip, and then firing only single rounds, with the magazine cutoff in "off," to save the reserve for emergencies.
United States 7th Field Artillery Regiment in Varmaise, Oise, France during World War I. The soldiers fire mustard gas shells at the Germans. The troops load and fire artillery. The soldiers sitting in a trench wear gas masks. 7th Field Artillery soldiers fire rifles from trenches.
Aviation activities in France during World War I. A French Spad 11 aircraft parked at an airfield near Viefvillers in Oise, France. A group of American and French officers of the First Division standing and sitting beside the aircraft. A second Spad 11 parked in the background. A group of American officers of the 42nd Division, observers and photographers with the 1st Division stand beside the aircraft. These include Lieutenant R. T. Maddock, 17th Field Artillery; Lt. S. B. Nash, 151st Field Artillery; Lt. T. E. Hibbon, Captain H. B. Parker, Capt. W. B. Wynn of the 149th Field Artillery, and Lt. J. P. Harmon of the 149th Field Artillery.
Oise salvage in France. A Russian guard who got injured during a grenade explosion is carried away on litters in Reims, France. The litter is placed onto a truck and it drives away.
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Fighter Squadron in France during World War 1. Lt Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a 94th Squadron Nieuport 28c.1fighter #12, as a ground crewman turns a propeller and the engine starts. The squadron's "Hat in Ring" logo is painted on the fuselage. Jump to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of a SPAD S.XIIIc.1 fighter. April 1918: Lieutenant Edwin Green seated in the cockpit of a Nieuport 28c.1 which starts to taxi. Another Nieuport takes off and climbs. Forward to October 1918 - Captain J. A. Meissner seated in the cockpit turns around and points towards the ground. A mock dogfight between two WW I bi-winged aircraft. American Army aviator Captain Eddie Rickenbacker seated in the cockpit of a USAAS Dayton-Wright DH-4 bomber looks back and waves. Aircraft is in flight. Aerial views of the ground showing a coastline below. The aircraft climbing over the clouds. Captain J.A. Meissner seated in the cockpit of an airborne aircraft. Captain Rickenbacker in his SPAD S.XIII fighter #1 in flight over the clouds. (Note: This is a segment of a longer film described in Eddie Rickenbacker's 1919 book, "Fighting the Flying Circus." It was filmed by Capt.Cooper of the U.S. Army Signal Corps from October 18th - 21st, 1918, and contained reenactments of air combat, some of it with a captured German Hanover C.III observation plane.) (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)
United States Army Air Service (USAAS) 94th Aero Squadron in Toul, France during World War I. April 1918 - Commanding Officer 94th Aero Pursuit Squadron Major John W.F.M. Huffer and French-American pilot Major Raoul Lufbery talk with AEF weekly newspaper "Stars and Stripes" editor Major S. P Adams. Captain David M. Peterson stands beside a Nieuport 28c.1 fighter aircraft,with its "Hat in Ring" insignia on the side. 1Lt. Alan F. Winslow stands beside Lt Rickenbacker's Nieuport #12 and starts walking. Jump to November, 1918 - the remaining officers of the 94th Aero Squadron reunite, including Captain James A. Meissner (C.O.147th Aero), 1st Lt Joseph Eastman, Captains Eddie Rickenbacker (now C.O. 94th Aero) and Reed Chambers, and 1st Lt Thorne Taylor (all 94th) standing beside Rickenbacker's SPAD S.XIII #1 parked in front of a hangar at Foucaucourt Aerodrome, France, November 1918. (WWI,WW1, World War One, First World War)