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.
A French airfield, in World War 1. Escadrille of French Officers, pilots, and American observers (some from the A.E.F. 42nd Infantry, Rainbow Division) pose in front of a Spad biplane on May 25, 1918, in Viefvillers, France. An American flag has been affixed to one of the wing struts of the plane. Front View of a large French Letord twin engine biplane used for armed reconnaissance and photography, parked on a grass field in France. A soldier turns one of its curved propellers.Fliers occupy pilot and gunner positions. Tents seen in background.
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.
A French Salmson reconnaissance biplane parked at a French airfield,in World War 1. Pilot is in the cockpit. One crewman begins to pull the propeller through to clear hydraulic lock before starting. Another airman stands at the airplane's left wing tip. A French flier shows twin Lewis machine guns installed in the rear cockpit of a Salmson airplane. He demonstrates their flexiblity and horizontal and vertical range of movement.
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.