Scene from British postwar film, circa 1927, shot on the Salisbury Plain, in England. It reconstructs World War 1 events from 1916 on the Western Front. Two "German soldiers" are shown in a machine gun nest. One is shot and slumps down. The other continues to fire as a British Mk V Supply Tank ( fitted with dummy guns to simulate a fighting tank) approaches their position. The tank rolls over their position, crushing it.
Scenes in Lyndhurst, New Jersey after explosion in the Canadian Car and Foundry Company in Kingsland (in Meadowlands of New Jersey) during World War 1. The company built shells for shipment to Russia in World War I. Over 500,000 shells were destroyed in the blast and fire, bombarding the surrounding areas in Kingsland - Lyndhurst. Black smoke rising in the distance, at night, seen from the coast. Close views of industrial buildings and homes on fire. Night views of homes and buildings engulfed in flames. People walk through smoking wreckage afterwards and pick through debris. Devastation covers area flattened by explosion and fire. Twisted railroad tracks covered by debris. A pile of munitions shells in a heap in the burned out shell of a building. View of the D.L.&W (Delaware, Lackawanna & Western) Railroad Shops building at Kingsland (now Lyndhurst), with DL&W train car 605 parked in front. Railroad Shops building is pitted with holes and broken glass from 3-inch shell bombardment. Two men inspect a damaged railroad car with broken glass and a 3-inch shell embedded in the side of the car. A heavily damaged residential house with holes and blown-out windows, and a shell embedded in the front door. Citizens pick through wreckage in front of a building where only cement pilings remain. Scene shifts to Perth Amboy area, October 1918. View of displaced families made homeless by the T.A. Gillespie Shell Loading Plant explosion (Morgan Depot Explosion; largest munitions factory in the world). Refugees sit in a town square. Men, women, and children among the refugees. An Army soldier and Navy sailor seen near refugees as they eat and drink. View of Smith Street in Perth Amboy with shops damaged by the blast. Under Martial Law, U.S. Army troops patrol with rifles to prevent looting. Pedestrians and a streetcar pass. Sign along sidewalk for entrance to Michaels & Co. at 178 Smith Street. (Suspected cause of incidents: Gillespie - worker error; Kingsland - sabotage as in the 1916 Black Tom explosion.)
Russian troops on the Western Front during World War I. Russian soldiers march along a field on the front. The soldiers march and pass in a review. French General Joseph Joffre reviews Russian troops.
French troops taking a break on the Western Front during World War I. They are in a deep trench. Many smoke cigarettes. One plays a flute. Some share food. Scene shifts to a deep dugout with substantial structure, where several soldiers relax. Another scene shows several rifles arranged in a group at edge of a trench and French soldiers afixing grenades to their barrels and firing them. French soldiers in a deep trench behind sand bags. Officer reads a dispatch brought to him by a courier.
British troops in deep trenches lined with woven branches, on the Western Front in World War 1. Slate refers to gas alarm with Strombos horn. British soldiers immediately don their gas masks and take up defensive firing positions in their trench. Gas fumes are seen drifting over the trench. View from the trench, of gas cloud over No-Man's land, with barbed wire and some snow on the ground. [Note: The Strombos horn,was operated by compressed air and could be heard for several miles. But as use of gas shells increased, and such attacks tended to be localized, other alarms were employed, instead, such as metal shell cases, steel triangles, watchmen's rattles, klaxon horns, etc.] (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
German troops in action along the Western Front in World War 1. Troops in trenches. German artillery firing from concealed position. Slate refers to Guns at Aisne, Nieuport, Perthes,and Soissons. German artillerymen pulling 77mm field guns with horses. German cavalry charging across a field. German troops guiding horses across a deep stream. Some of the troops are in bathing suits and others, in boats, guide the horses across. German cavalry riding past the camera in full battle gear. Artillerymen using horses to move a battery of 77mm field pieces. German troops playing cards during a lull in battle.They are interrupted by a call to action. Troops on horseback pulling supply wagons through a stream. Artillerymen firing a field piece. Trench filled with German soldiers firing rifles with bayonets afixed to them. A German Skoda siege mortar with shells.