Opening scene shows international diplomats gathered at the 1919 Peace Conference in the Galerie des Glaces (Hall of Mirrors) at the Palace of Versailles, France. Next is an exterior view of the U.S. Capitol Building and then of the Congress in session inside. U.S. Army troops, with full field packs including bedrolls, are seen embarking on a troop ship bound for France. Others with full field gear are seen boarding a troop railroad train. A train filled with soldiers who wave to friends and family as they depart a railroad station. U.S. troops march along dirt road after arriving in France. French soldiers stand amidst piles of coal being shoveled into rail cars. French troops seen from the rear, advancing along a road, in large numbers. Next, they are seen from the fromt and them from the side. French artillerymen riding in horse-drawn wagons, pulling 75mm field pieces ("French 75s"). German Field Marshal August von Mackensen and aides walk casually past a relaxing group of German soldiers sitting on the ground during World War 1. Suddenly, a motorized column of German World War II armor is seen moving along a dirt road. Closeup of a German Panzer II tank (German Pz.Kpfw.II Ausf.F) is seen, passing the camera. A momentary glimpse of several German Messerschmitt Bf 109s in formation.
People gather in large numbers outside the Palace of Versailles in Versailles,France. It is the eve of the signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles.
The eve of signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles. View of the gardens and fountains at the Palace of Versailles in Versailles,France. People gather in large numbers at the palace gardens,around water pools and fountains.
The eve of signing of the Peace Treaty of Versailles. Dignitaries exit from their cars and enter the Palace of Versailles in Versailles,France. French guards and officials welcome them as they exit their cars. The dignitaries include French Foreign Minister Pichon, French Prime Minister Clemenceau, Robert Lancing,General Bliss, Herbert Hoover, French General Maunoury, Generals Allen and Pershing, Colonel House, Arthur Balfour, Ignacy Paderewski, British Prime Minister Lloyd George, Baron Sonnino, Ambassador Huge Wallace and U.S. President Woodrow Wilson with his wife.
The eve of signing of the Treaty of Versailles. Large crowd climbs the stairs of the Palace of Versailles in Versailles,France.
The eve of signing of the Treaty of Versailles. British Prime Minister Lloyd George , Head of the Italian delegation Vittorio Orlando, French Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau and American President Woodrow Wilson after the Treaty pose for the camera outside the Palace of Versailles in Versailles, France. The dignitaries head back inside the Palace.