Army 1st Cavalry Division personnel assembling a CH-47D Chinook helicopter at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan. Various views of helicopter rotor assemblies with its attached components being hoisted by a Rough Terrain Crane onto a CH-47D helicopter mainframe. Personnel connecting and adjusting various helicopter engine and transmission components.
U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment and Afghanistan National Army soldiers conduct a search operation of a suspected Taliban safe-house near the city of Tagab, in the Kapisa Province of Afghanistan, Aug. 9, 2007.
US Army soldiers test and sight weapons in Iraq.
Raw footage, remarkable for its clarity
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.
Note: Missing a Reel or Two
From Artillery to Tanks and Planes: Terrific film! Too many weapons to list.