The background of World War II. German Hitler Youth children march with rifles, flags and a band beneath a camp entrance named Nordmark Lager 1935. Flag with Nazi symbol. Japanese flag and Japanese youth march in military exercises, followed by teenage Japanese forces. Italian fascist troops in uniform march in Torino Italy led by a band. Views of various German and Nazi forces parade and goose step in various cities. Units include brownshirts, Storm Troopers, Wehrmacht. Civilians give a salute. Mostly sad looking men women and children watch the parades. The world globe. U.S. Capitol Building in Washington DC. French, Japanese and United States dignitaries attend the Washington Disarmament Conference or Washington Naval Conference at Memorial Continental Hall in Washington DC in 1921. View of the Washington Naval Treaty naval fleet reduction treaty book with signatures on it. Officials sign the Nine-Power Treaty that guarantees the integrity of China (per the John Hay "Open Door Policy"). Japanese delegation is shown at signing ceremony for the Nine-Power Treaty. Next scene shows 1928 signing ceremony in Paris of the Kellogg-Briand Pact renouncing war as a means of settling international disputes. French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand is seen speaking, and American Secretary of State Frank Kellogg is also seen at the treaty signing which was signed by 47 nations including Germany and Japan. In a 1930 scene, U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Stimson hands the London Naval Treaty to President Herbert Hoover. Scene of a U.S. Navy ship being blown up and scrapped in accordance with the treaty terms. View of American citizens in small town parades with floats marching as anti-war and isolationist groups.
Men load a DC-3 airplane with mail bags. Transport truck brings more mail. 1918 Map of United States connects New York with Washington. 1923, 1928, 1933 and 1938 maps show further connections: Chicago, Salt Lake, San Francisco and other destinations. Men load mail bags on a plane. The DC-3 plane takes off. Dirigible in background.
Photographers take pictures, as Bishop Cannon, of the Southern Methodist Church, emerges from courthouse. Cannon, founder of the Virginia Anti-Smith Campaign, was on trial along with campaign treasurer Ada L. Burroughs, accused of mishandling Presidential campaign funds in 1928. Bishop Cannon walks slowly down steps using a cane and makes his way to a coupe automobile awaiting him at the curb.
Students of Balloon and Airship schools ran by the U.S. Air Service, training on balloons and dirigibles at various places in United States. Dirigibles ZDUS-1 flying over Washington DC. Two bridges built on a river. Airship flies over the city. Buildings and monuments of Washington DC. The White House, Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol seen from the airship. A man inside Washington Monument looks at the airship from a window. The ZDUS-1 arrives at base after traversing 400 miles in air.
Autogyro (early helicopter) flies over monuments in Washington DC. H F Pitcairn sits in the cockpit of autogyro. The autogyro with whirling wings for lifting power taxis on runway in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. The autogyro takes off from airfield. The autogyro flies over Lincoln Memorial (Memorial Bridge visible behind spanning the Potomac River), Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol building in Washington DC
Aviator Charles Lindbergh being acclaimed in Washington D.C., United States upon his return to the United States, following his historic solo transatlantic flight from New York to Paris. Charles Lindbergh disembarks from the U.S. Navy Cruiser, USS Memphis (CL-13). Avenue, Washington D.C. Lindbergh and his mother, in an open car, with military escort. Their car is surrounded by newsmen and photographers, and guarded by several U.S. Army soldiers. View of Pennsylvania Avenue looking towards the Capitol. A military color guard marches across the avenue. Spectators line the sidewalks. The Lindbergh car moves along Pennsylvania Avenue. Sign on building reads: "Colonial Ice Cream." Mounted cavalry follow the car. View from above of a huge crowd in an open area. Scenes from Lindbergh's arrival in New York, on June 13, 1927. He rides in an open car, from the Battery, in downtown, manhattan, escorted by mounted policemen. People rush all around his car and tickertape and confetti fill the air.