American troops leave for Europe during World War I; World War 1 battle scenes
France Date:1918 Duration:1 min 44 sec Sound:Yes
Franklin D Roosevelt as Assistant Secretary of Navy during World War 1. United States soldiers aboard a transport ship leave for Europe (France) during World War I. View of young Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking. United States Army troops disembarking in France. Shipbuilding operations underway in the United States. Views of partially completed warship hulls in a line at a shipyard. World War 1 trench fighting scenes. Soldiers fire guns and throw hand grenades. Views of American and German troops engaging in battle. Explosions and dirt flying. Soldiers taking cover in protection of trench. Germans fire machine gun. Many short views of First World War combat. A biplane aircraft falls after being shot down and crashes into the earth. Battle scenes with body of soldier falling back into a trench and a Renault FT tank approaching a trench line. Narrator indicates Roosevelt keeps track of the United States forces and went to France to meet General Foch. U.S. Navy 12 inch gun mounted on rail platform fires.
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