A young boy in a sailor suit plays with three dolls, representing German soldiers. He slowly nods off and in his dreams they come alive.
In October 1914 as the Battle of the Aisne drew to a close both the Allies and the Germans started to dig in. In an attempt to go back to mobile warfare both sides tried to outflank the other by manoeuvring around their western flank. The Race to the sea had begun. As a result of this movement the BEF moved from just North east of Paris to the Allies western flank in Flanders. This is the story of the BEF's desperate attempts to outflank the Germans and prevent themselves from being outflanked.
A short showing the packing and (fictionalized) delivery of Christmas presents to soldiers on the German front.
Gevaërt and his daughter Marie show the latter's fiancé, Sergeant Tressignies, the system that opens or closes the swing bridge connecting the banks of the Yser. The Germans having taken this key position, the sergeant receives the order to reoccupy the house of the smuggler.
Denise lives with her grandparents on a farm and secretly meets Robert. When she tells her grandparents that she wants to marry Robert, they refuse outright, so the two lovers will have no choice but to elope and marry in the nearby town. On the eve of having a child, war breaks out and Robert is mobilized.
Scenes from the East Africa Campaign of WWI: British soldiers prepare for an assault against German colonial forces. As they try to coax and cajole their pack animals on to a military supply train, the mules prove as stubborn as, well, mules! The beasts dig in their hooves as the men heave on their bridles and an officer's whip crackles against their haunches.
This intriguing dramatised account of WWI nurse Edith Cavell's imprisonment and execution at the hands of the Germans was produced shortly after her death. Cavell had been arrested for sheltering Allied soldiers and aiding their escape. Directed by and starring former circus performer Percy Moran, with Cora Lee in the title role, what this film lacks in completeness (only 11 of 80 minutes survive) it makes up for in sheer drama.
During World War I, a countess and her young son volunteer to don disguises and take an important secret message through enemy lines.The fluid editing and vastly more dramatic cinematography (especially the use of close shots for expressiveness and intimacy) are part of the extremely rapid advances in the artistry and technique of the film medium compared to just a year earlier.
German propaganda film about the importance of buying war bonds.
A documentary and propaganda film which shows the British Army's preparations for, and the early stages of, the battle of the Somme.
In times of World War I, a group of boisterous young ladies occurs to them that they could help the boys of the front writing letters to them and, thus, becoming their godmothers of war. Madeleine writes to the soldier Jacques Bertin, but, out of prudence, instead of giving her true identity, she impersonates her late grandmother. When the soldier comes on leave and wants to see her, the mistake will bring humorous consequences.
A sci-fi/espionage film in which world powers vie for control of a death ray during World War I as an undercover countess infiltrates enemy ranks to prevent them from getting their hands on the weapon.
Neurologist Max Nonne demonstrates a therapeutic procedure and its successes by means of suggestion in hypnosis for functional-motor disorders that arose as a result of the effects of the First World War.
This early public information film puts out an appeal for more women to take up munitions work - showing training centres, opportunities for work in the aircraft industry as well as the tempting prospect of a fun social life. (source: British Film Institute)
During World War I, westerner Cheyenne Harry is a horse seller, but he refuses to part with his favorite horse and friend, Cactus. One night, broke and drunk, he sells Cactus to an Englishman for $350 which he soon loses gambling. When Harry discovers that Cactus is being sent to the war in France and probable death, he gets a horse- tending job on the ship. When they get the opportunity Harry jumps off the ship with Cactus and they swim to shore. Harry is eventually caught but is allowed to work off his debt and keep Cactus.