From civil war balloons to gliders, from the Wright Brothers to World War One – this is the first chapter of the story of the US Army Air Corps which later became the US Air Force. Includes Billy Mitchell, Eddie Rickenbacker, the Lafayette Escadrille, WWI dogfights.
Raw footage, remarkable for its clarity
Part production, part documentary, this film shows African American draftees getting ready for a trip overseas.
Covers life at the front pretty well.
German films of the commerce raider Moewe. The British schooner Duchess of Cornwell, the British steamers Cambrain Range, Georgic, Yarrowdale, St. Theodore, the Norwegian steamer Halljork, and the French steamer Nantes are halted at sea by the Moewe. German crews man the captured ships and some enemy crew members are transferred to the Moewe. The Nantes is scuttled. The Moewe returns to a German port and her commander, Count Dohna, is greeted by German naval officers.
September 24 – October 21, 1918. Shows street scenes in Bellicourt and Nauroy. Brit. artillery shells German trenches at Busigny. Shows rubbled streets and a damaged cathedral in St. Quentin. Gens. Read and Simonds inspect sunken barges at Le Catelet, former enemy positions, and a U.S. cemetery. Shows an abandoned “Big Bertha” at Cappy-sur-Somme. Brit. and Australian engineers repair roads and railroads. French refugees leave Busigny and return to homes in Cambrai and Amiens. Civilians parade in Bohain. U.S. and Brit. troops sightsee in Premont and Australian troops entrain for rest camps.
Silent film covers most activities of the US Army’s second air-combat squadron, the 94th Aero Squadron, informally known as the Hat-in-the-Ring Squadron. Featured many shots of Eddie Rickenbacker who became America’s most celebrated aviator until Charles Lindburgh. The men of the 94th flew rudimentary aircraft, sometimes without weaponry, alongside French pilots. The 94th periodically faced Germany’s legendary Flying Circus, led by the Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, until von Richthofen’s death in combat. On April 29, 1918, Rickenbacker shot down his first plane. During WWI, Rickenbacker and the other pilots developed important aviation principles that would serve them in civil aviation and in WWII combat. Respect for him grew as his successes mounted. Rickenbacker was awarded the French Croix de Guerre in May 1918, for shooting down five German airplanes. On September 24, 1918, now a captain, he was named commander of the squadron, and on the following day, he shot down two more German planes, for which he was belatedly awarded the Medal of Honor in 1931 . Rickenbacker’s 26 victories constituted an American record that stood until World War II.
One of the largest US Army bases for Basic Training, Camp Sherman, Ohio, is featured in this silent film. Covers nearly all activities.
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