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).
Architecture of Verdun in Verdun-sur-Meuse, France during World War I. View of Verdun: the ramparts, walls (eighty feet thick), and the river bridge on the banks of Meuse. French civilians at the Meuse on a Monday: people beside a pond. Shell holes and people in the holes.
A fire in Verdun-sur-Meuse, France during World War I. A fire truck driven on road during a fire in buildings in Verdun-sur-Meuse. Firemen spray water hoses on buildings. A sign reads : 'Hopital Temporaire'. Shelled buildings seen.
Battalion H.- Verdun Campaign in Verdun-sur-Meuse, France during World War I. A church at Herbecourt. The ruins and debris seen. The wounded French soldiers sought refuge in this church, killed during bombardment.
Battalion H.- Verdun Campaign in Verdun-sur-Meuse, France during World War I. The rubble of Maricourt. An unexploded Zeppelin bomb on the ground.
American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) fire machine guns at the First Division Training Camp, Gondrecourt-le-Chateau, Department Meuse,France, during World War 1. A French instructor coaches each American soldier as they fire French Chauchat C.S.R.G. Model 1915 light machine guns.Bullets pass through the targets and strike the embankment behind at the firing range.