President Franklin Delano Roosevelt inspects an arsenal in Watervliet, New York. He arrives in a 1938 Packard open car with Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt and Secretary of War, Harry H. Woodring. A car with Secret Service agents follows. The U.S. Army Colonel in charge greets them upon arrival. Arsenal employees lined up on either side to greet the Presidential party, which drives slowly between buildings at the arsenal as Secret Service agents run alongside the car. Secret Service agents move enthusiastic Arsenal employees back as the President's car emerges from an Arsenal building. The Presidential party remains in the car as they inspect railway guns, a navy broadside gun and 155 mm guns at the Watervliet Arsenal. An Army Captain describes details of the guns to them. The Presidential party also visits the Revolutionary War historic sites, including the Block House, on the site of Fort Neilson and the headquarters of General Benedict Arnold of American Continental Army.. View of signs identifying these sites, and a view of the the blockhouse.
Manufacturing of ordnance in United States. Men work in Watervliet arsenal, New York. Men work on machines. Assembling aircraft machine guns.
Manufacturing of ordnance in United States. A sign outside a building reads 'Watervliet Arsenal: drive slow' Men at work inside the arsenal. Artillery hoisted in a sling lowered to be piled up inside the arsenal. Artillery lowered and piled up. Pile of artillery.
Manufacturing of ordnance in United States. Gun barrels worked on as they undergo various processes during the manufacturing. Men work on drill, presses and lathes. Gun barrels shaped on machines. Fiery fares emerge as artillery is processed. Man operates a lathe and barrels roll on the lathe. Final machined dimensions checked with large hand-held gauge.
Manufacturing of ordnance in United States. Checking guns by placing test cartridges in machine guns. Stacking two types of completed machine guns.
Manufacturing of ordnance in United States. Man carries a machine gun and fixes it on a stand with its barrel protruding to the other side of the wall. Cartridge belts. Men pick up belts and feed them into guns. Men test fire the guns and used up cartridges pile up in a container by the side of the gun. Smoke rises as guns are fired.