American and German troops sharing a smoke on Armistice Day on the Western Front in World War 1. Pittsburgh Press newspaper headline reads: "Kaiser finds refuge in Holland." He is seen at front steps of his house there, standing with two pet dogs. The German flag flies over the house. Scene shifts to a crowd celebrating in Paris France. Several French tricolor flags are seen. Next, crowds are seen celebrating in Washingtion, DC, where some in front of the old Executive Office Building, raise up an effigy of the Kaiser, holding a white flag of surrender. Finally, members of the German military high command and members of the German diplomatic corps and politicians are shown. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Two British Medium Mk A (Whippet) tanks advance. Ruins of a village in background.Camera pans to ruins. A French Renault FT tank emerges from ruins and moves towards and past the camera. (World War I. World War 1. WWI. WW1)
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.)
Views of the French Army's front line trenches on the Western Front during World War 1. They have tried to make them liveable in the face of wet winter weather. French soldiers stand upon shoulders carved into a very deep trench It has also been reinforced with vertical poles and lined with saplings and twigs. Other soldiers sit upon benches fashioned from trench sides, amidst various examples of improvements, such as dugouts, tables formed of stones, sandbagged upper barriers, partial roofing,and other similar features designed to make life more bearable. In another scene, French artillerymen use teams of horses to move caissons and field pieces through a muddy stream. An encampment and wagons are seen in the background.
British Royal Engineers troops march to a project site, carrying picks and shovels. Next, they are seen digging a straight ditch following a course laid out by taut string. Sections of pipe are laid on the ground next to them. A large Army truck and an ambulance with red cross markings is seen near a large group of the soldiers. At least one injured is being carried shoulder-high by litter bearers. Several officers appear to be checking plans for the project. As the soldiers mill about, they look up towards the sky, as if noting airplanes above (unseen). The troops continue work on the project, which now appears to involve setting up fortifications. One soldier leaves walking a bicycle. Another view shows the area to be quite rocky, and a large pile of rocks has been used as part of the fortifications. Several ambulatory wounded German prisoners are seen walking toward the rear, as they are passed by a contingent of mounted cavalry headed toward the front (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
Activities of United States Army on the Western Front during World War 1. U.S. infantry moving along road and through war-torn village. They stand aside for long line of French Renault FT tanks. Some of the American soldiers walk along with the tanks. (Note: The Renault FT tank was often called the FT-17, after the war.)