German children gather at a park in Weisbaden, Germany soon after the end of World War I. Two kids performing a dance in front of the other children and the men and women present there. Children applaud. Women give hot chocolate to the children. Young boys and girls in war torn Germany enjoy the entertainment and hot drink.
Large group of German children seated and watch an old-fashioned dance exhibition by two young girls (one dressed as a boy) in historic costumes. The children spectators sway to the music as they watch. Women give out hot chocolate and buns to the children. Parents and families of the children are seen in background. A very young German girl with a bow in her hair reaches high to receive her hot chocolate mug and poses for the camera with a sibling or friend.
Farewell review for general Arthur G. Trudeau in Weisbaden, Germany. Officers trooping line and passing colors at the ceremony. Officers to be decorated. General Trudeau and Colonel John L. Ryan move forward and halt on the field. An officer reads citations and hands medals to Fred Coggles, Belgian consul General. General John H. Collier stands along side General Trudeau and Colonel Ryan. Coggles places the order of Leopold II around the neck of General Trudeau and presents Colonel Ryan with the medallion. General Collier announces that he is going to present a letter of commendation to General Trudeau from Major General Issac D. White. General Collier presents the letter to General Trudeau.
Funeral parade in Germany in 1919, possibly sometime after the Spartacist Uprising in Berlin. Large crowd of people gather on both sides of a funeral parade route, with an industrial area and factory in the background. Band players at the parade. Two horse carts seen carrying eight coffins. Mourners in the parade process and some carry wreaths. Group preceding the caskets carries KPD flags with the Communist Party of Germany logo beneath the letters (hammer and sickle inside star).
Germany's military resurgence from the end of World War I through its reoccupation of the Rhineland in 1936 and union with Austria in 1938. German war materiel piled up in scrap yards and aircraft engines being destroyed in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles after World War 1. Smoke stacks of war plants being toppled, aircraft hangars being destroyed, and warships being scuttled. German postwar armored cars for training. A soldier flexes the rubber gun barrel on one of them. French forces, including Colonials, occupying Coblenz (Koblenz) in accordance with the Treaty of Versailles, after World War I. French soldiers on guard at the railroad station as a train pulls in. French colonial troops tending to their horses. A British soldier standing guard in front of a building displaying a placard with the Union Jack and word:"General Headquarters, British Army of the Rhine, No.1 Building." French troops stationed in front of their headquarters and patrolling fences across railroad tracks at their occupational boundary. A large film slate announcing that the Rheinland is again free, followed by scenes of German troops re-occupying the Rhineland in 1936. Local citizens cheer the troops, who parade through a city and along the banks of the Rhein River. German sentries posted at The "Deutsche Eck" in Koblenz beside the monument of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Sign demarking boundary of Austria. Border guards opening the gates and German troops entering as crowds cheer. Adolf Hitler speaking before a huge crowd,immediately following the Anschluss (union of Germany with Austria) on 12 March 1938.
Succession of Berlin, Germany, newspapers shown, from 1918 through 1919, chronicling progress of war towards the World War 1 Armistice, and subsequent problems and conditions in postwar Germany. Newspaper of November 12, 1918 addresses concerns about the conditions and the price of the truce. Crowd stands on a road covered with snow around statue of the Kaiser, with scaffold around it. Crowd in a square in War Bond rally. One of crowd carries a Communist red flag. Newspaper refers to gunfire in Berlin from Unter den Linden to Friedrichstrasse. Newspaper announces the Kaiser's abdication, which is then illustrated by reversed footage showing the Kaiser walking backwards and being lifted into his automobile, which then drives away backwards. Returning German soldiers are happy to see the war end, and sing in their returning trucks. An officer inspects war trenches that are now empty. Newspaper announce increasing domestic problems . Newspapers raise issue of German prisoners of War held in foreign countries. Troops are seen moving in streets and at checkpoints in Germany.