Early flight airshow dare devil Clem Sohn in his wingsuit at Vincennes in France. He was known as 'Batman'. Planes in the background. He demonstrates flying with his ornithopter like wing suit. Clem Sohn then jumps in front of 55,000 spectators from 650 feet high in the sky. He plunges to death as his parachute fails to open.
French wine market workers take part in annual wine keg championship in Vincennes, France. Spectators in stands. The participants roll wine barrels on end around a racecourse. M Farge is the new champion after the barrel sprint.
Troops parade at Colonial Exposition in Vincennes, France to honor the United States Army officer James Joseph Pershing. Dignitaries including King Emmanuel of Italy seated. Troops march and dignitaries salute as they review the parade.
Artist Salvador Dali walks in Vincennes Zoo, Paris, France, holding a small canvas and easel. He is accompanied by several newsmen. Photographers take pictures. Dali paints seated in front of an open area separated by a wall and moat, from a rhinoceros standing in front of him. He paints a surrealistic picture of the rhinoceros' horn. A group of spectators watch from a distance. View of the artist with his painting. Two French zookeepers look at the painting and signify their lack of appreciation.
Sign over American Embassy in China. Colonel William Mayer, former military attache in that embassy relates events precipitating Second Sino-Japanese war. Scenes of the Marco Polo bridge near Peking, on night of July 7, 1937, as Japanese artillery bombards the area. Animated map shows movement of Japanese forces out of Manchuria to occupy Peiping and Tientsin. Victorious Japanese troops stand atop a building, raising their flags and shouting cries of victory. Japanese army officers sit around a table smiling and contended and others walk in a group. Chinese artillery crews are seen retaliating as they fire field pieces at Japanese positions in Shanghai. Shells explode in background, and Chinese infantry advance through damaged buildings and rubble. Animated map shows Shanghai and other cities, and film transitions to view of the bustling city of Shanghai on the Yangtze River. In the seaport, large ocean liners and freighters, as well as tug boats and Junks, are seen. What looks like a Japanese Tachikawa Ki.54 Type 1 transport plane takes off over a Chinese pagoda. Double-decker buses travel through the streets. Rickshaws are also seen. Map outlines the foreign residential areas of the French Concession and the International Settlement. American, British and Japanese flags are shown in the International Settlement. Detachments of troops from Japan, Britain, France, and United States Marines are seen. A U.S. Marine is posted as a sentry at the Shanghai Power Company. Coolies carry heavy bucket on a long pole. British, French and Japanese troops also performed sentry duties. Japanese troops and armored cars are seen. A scuffle breaks out in August, 1937, and Japanese soldiers start moving in trucks, take up firing positions, and begin firing guns from their armored cars. Map shows Chinese counterattack pushing the Japanese contingent toward the Khangpoo River. Next it shows Japanese warships and reinforcements in the Yangtze River and their advance toward Woosung and Shanghai. Views of Japanese warships bombarding the shore and large explosions from their striking shells. Beachhead is shown South of Shanghai, where two divisions of Japanese infantry are seen arriving in landing craft. They advance across the fields toward Shanghai. Map shows Chinese withdrawals to West and South, toward Nanking and Hangchow. Chinese medics along with infantry march in retreat. Japanese pilots are seen being briefed. Next, Japanese Mitsubishi G3M bombers are seen in flight, and bombardiers and other crew in them. Bombs falling on the city. Civilians running for cover as bombs explode. Aichi D3A1 aircraft dropping bombs. The Shanghai waterfront being bombed and civilians running.
The International Exposition in Paris, France in 1937 (Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne). High altitude view of the area from the Eiffel Tower, with the National Socialist Germany Pavilion and the Soviet Pavilion flanking it togehter with other buildings. A bridge over the Seine. Exterior of the French Museum of Modern Art building with large flat relief sculptures designed by Alfred Janniot reflecting the power of land and sea. A sculpture in the courtyard of the Museum. Officials and dignitaries gather inside a building and discuss amongst themselves. They come down the stairs from the building. People watch the buildings and the sculptures. Soldiers stand holding rifles. High altitude view of ships underway in the River Seine. Exterior of a building. A bridge over the river Seine.