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)
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)
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)
Members of the Portuguese Expeditionary Corps (Corpo Expedicionário Português or CEP) are seen having a civilized lunch at a second line trench, where they served under British and/or French control, on the Western Front in France during World War 1. Portuguese soldiers emerge from a well-established dugout deep in a wood lattice-reinforced trench. Lengthwise view of Portuguese troops lined up in the deep trench. Several make their way single-file toward the camera. Slate identifies a telephone station in the secondary trench. A soldier in a French Adrian steel helmet stands at the entrance of a heavily fortified dugout. Numerous phone wires extend outward and upwards from the dugout entrance. (They are difficult to see against the rocks reinforcing the entrance.)
U.S. troops of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) wearing gas maskes as they occupy trenches on the Western Front, in France, during World War 1. One soldier using a large hand-held "Ayrton" fan to clear lingering gas from a trench. A shell bursting in air above a fort, as a French FT 17 tank moves across the area. American infantry in gas masks, firing rifles from a trench, as gas drifts over them. A camouflaged French rail gun firing from a railroad siding. Two other views of French rail guns firing. Smoke rising from a nearby shell burst. More views of AEF troops firing rifles from trenches during gas attack. Soldiers moving across no-man's land as shells burst. A mammoth explosion from a demolition charge or siege mortar shell. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)