Some scenes from final phase of World War I and immediate postwar period
France Date:1918 Duration:3 min 24 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Several u.S. Army soldiers of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) stand near three French children, outside a church building in France, during World War 1. A large relief of Christ on crucifix is displayed on the wall behind them. One soldier kneels down next to the children and gives them some chocolates. He talks with them. Closeup of the children eating their candy. A boy wipes his hands on his sweater. The children make circles on their tummies, indicating that it tasted good. New sequence shows American Army of occupation troops celebrating Christmas, 1918, at Montabaur, Germany. They are assembled at a hillside, around a platform holding a monument and statue. A large decorated Christmas tree is set up on one side of the monument, and an Army brass band stands on the other side. Captain William A. Turner, of the Salvation Army, dressed as Santa Claus, hands out gifts to some of the soldiers, assembled in the foreground. There also appear to be some local German people gathered to the far right, of the brass band.
Next, "Santa Claus" is seen throwing gifts out to the gathered soldiers. Scene shifts, again, this time to several U.S. Navy dreadnought battleships that might be returning troops from Europe back to the United States. The first seen is a two-stacker, Florida-class; the second is the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) and the third is the two-stacker USS New York (BB-34). Final sequence shows U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, and Secretary of War, Newton D. Baker, in top hats, stand on deck of a ship with with its Captain (a U.S. Navy Commander) to review U.S. Battleships returning from service with the British fleet in World War 1. The dim image of a battleship is seen in the background. (World War I; World War 1; WWI; WW1)
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