Mobilisation in France during World War One (August 1914).
Panning shot railway station, crowd milling about, some people wait next to their luggage. Closer shot of a crowd, mainly men, gathered around a doorway where policeman stands on step speaking to them - looks like army recruitment centre.
Street scene - cars & horse-drawn carriages on left, many pedestrians on pavement at right, a boy comes running frantically handing newspapers to people - announcement of declaration of war?
Soldiers marching toward camera carrying lots of equipment, some have French flags stuck in rifle barrels - looks like they are leaving for the front. A military band leads the way. Crowds walk alongside soldiers. High angled of other men (new volunteers) marching down the street. French soldiers marching on a country road. Shot of a troop ship moving past to left.