French soldiers and airmen gather around a Caproni Ca.3 bomber preparing for an aerial photography mission in World War 1. The identification number "Ca 2318" is stenciled on the airplane fuselage. The men load camera cases and equipment for the motion picture photographer, as officers watch. The Pilot takes his position in the front of the open cockpit as the photographer and second crewman sit side-by-side behind him. The pilot waves as they taxi out for takeoff. The next sequence contains views from the aircraft as it flies among clouds, and then shows Fort Douaumont clearly below, followed by the city of Verdun-sur-Meuse, and environs, including the Meuse River, bridges, buildings, and roads, without noticeable signs of any battles or damage, since the German offensive would not begin until the following year (1916).
Shell torn city of Verdun in France during World War I. French soldiers inspect shell holes near the city of Verdun. A firefighting truck arrives in front a building. French firemen hose down the building. A destroyed building. Destroyed buildings along the bank of a river.
The activities of the French troops during World War I in Verdun, France. They move supplies into Verdun. Military vehicles move on the street. Soldiers walk. Other soldiers in the military vehicles. Some soldiers ride horses on the street. Supplies loaded on wheel carts. Soldiers move forward with supplies in the area. Military vehicles parked on the street. Trees in the area.
The conditions after the Battle of Verdun, France, during World War I. Wrecked buildings near the river Meuse . A wrecked bridge over the river Meuse. French soldiers walk on the street. Buildings along the sides of the street. Military vehicle passes on the street. French soldiers stand outside a building. Ruins of buildings and rubble near the river Meuse. Trees in the area. Interior of the wrecked cathedral of Verdun.
German prisoners, captured in battle of Verdun, are marched through the town of Souilly (20km from Verdun), France during World War I. French cavalry ride between groups of German prisoners as they march them along the street. Armed French infantrymen stand guard along the sides of the street. Altogether, 6,000 German prisoners march on their way to a prison camp.
Views of devastated landscape in no-man's-land. German soldiers are seen preparing for the battle of Verdun, in France, during World War I. Soldiers stand near fortified dugouts. In order to avoid civilian losses, the French population is ordered to evacuate from the city of Verdun and environs. Evacuating families are seen carrying as many of their belongings as possible. They arrive with their luggage at the railroad station and board the train. German soldiers carry a wounded comrade through rubble, on a stretcher. German soldiers in a fort getting ready for battle. Two soldiers smoke cigarettes. The German soldiers leave their fort and carry machine gun out into the battlefield. Barbed wire seen outside.