War + Military | 1910 | Sound | B/W
American action in World War One including Potsdam, the grave of Quentin Roosevelt, the Signal Corps, and balloon spies 1910's
Credits, on a background of draped American flags and drawn American soldiers firing guns.
'France: On the Picardy Front. Heavy American Artillery is Now Pounding the German Front ' as headline in 'The Gaumont News', 'the Reel of Real News'.
Men lead horses attached to large artillery guns, walk along a muddy road, Americans sent to the front to reinforce the French and British weakest lines, then a closer view of the guns and the men passing by. 'These boys are making Germany feel that Uncle Sam has his sleeves rolled up and his hat in the ring.'
American troops march down a road, guns over their shoulders, narrator: these pictures thrilled the home crowd in 1918 as they will thrill you today.' More American troops march by, waving and hurrahing at the camera.
'The Kaiser said to Gerard: "I won't stand any monkey business from America." Here are some of the results of "America's monkey-business"- thousands of Hun prisoners going to internment camps.' Defeated looking German prisoners walk through the gate of an internment camp guarded by American men on horseback, more and more come through the gates, POWs already in residence at the camp line the buildings around the entrance watching their fellow soldiers enter. 'Gaumont Graphic (header) With Our Boys in France: Pushing on to Potsdam. Found! The Base of the Monster Gun that Bombarded Paris.' A man measures the massive base of a gun, the gun is missing however, then the rest of the twisted and scrap metal that now surrounds Big Bertha, the largest artillery developed during the war. 'Near Chateau-Theirry'. Soldiers carry a body down a street on a stretcher past bombed, destroyed buildings, civilians stand in front of the rubble, mounted soldiers follow behind. 'Operated by spies, this French plane regulated German artillery fire until shot down. The spies' bodies are in the ruins.' Soldiers walk around part of the wreckage of a plane, then the rest of the plane comes into view as they move over to get a look at it.
'Nothing is sacred to the Hun, who used this shrine as a sniper's post.' A cross stands at the top of a hill, where a good view of the surrounding countryside is visible, a soldier investigates the shrine for evidence of its use by the sniper. 'Only the crucifix was unhurt in this church in Lille.' Three soldiers stand on top of the rubble of a church , near the top of the crossing arch where the crucifix is hung. 'Our boys found there was still music in the organ.' American soldier gather around a partially destroyed organ in the ruins of the church, one of them sits down and starts playing, some of the other soldiers starts to clap their hands or swing their arms and sing.
'The grave of Lieut. Quentin Roosevelt'. A soldier stands at attention at a grave marked by a crudely made wood cross, the grave outlined by stones. Teddy Roosevelt stands with two other men looking down, he holds a sprig of flowers in his hands, bends down to put them on the grave, steps back and contemplates the grave of his youngest son. 'A German rifle found near Lieut. Roosevelt's grave.' Five American soldiers sit smoking or talking, one soldier holds a rifle, examining it. 'American and French ambulances operating near a destroyed field kitchen.' A shaky model-t ambulance manoeuvres around the wreckage of buildings, guns and cart wheels.
'Flamen Werfers: Liquid fire projectors captured by our boys in "no man's land" during a German raid on their trenches' as a headline in the 'Gaumont News.' American soldiers walk down a very muddy city street with something like vacuum cleaner hose wrapped around their necks, four soldiers pass with these things. Soldiers gather around to view the loot their fellows have acquired, the soldiers show off the flame-throwers.
'The Nerves of the Army. The Signal Corps laying telephone wires to the different batteries at the front.' An American soldier rolls telephone wire off a spool, behind him, other soldiers dig a narrow, but deep, trench. Men in great coats, dig and climb in and out of the trench, the telephone wires lie in the mud on the side of the trench. Troops stand in a lean-to, two other soldiers stand outside it, they smoke or talk. 'Captive balloon, observing for American military; Gaumont.' A balloon is pulled down by men holding ropes attached to it, two men near to us walk around a camera. Men surround the captured balloon bringing it to earth. 'Though forced to descend fourteen times in one day, this repaired balloon is still in service. A balloon used for artillery observation is held on the ground, then it flies up with the observer in the basket, who was responsible for directing fire to German lines, he leans over the edge of the basket waving wildly to the people on the ground.
'Gen. Gerard commanding the 8th French Army decorating American aviators Captain Peterson Lieut. Rickenbacker Lieut. Meisner.' Three American pilots stand in a line on a field, behind them stand more soldiers, a rather plump man approaches the three men and pins medals on one man's front, two other men approach behind him with scrolls of paper. General Gerard finishes decorating the three men, a new kind of war hero, the General is handed a scroll by one of his underlings, he takes it and hands it to the third man.
'Major General Edwards and staff of the 26th Division at the decoration.' A group of men stand at attention, saluting, the Major General is identified by his lighter uniform. The 94th Aero Squad' A group of pilots stand in the field, talking amongst each other, they laugh and joke. 'The End'.
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