A look at the work of the United States Marines on occasion of their 160h birthday.
Item title reads - First to fight.
M/S of sign saying 'USA Marine Corps', M/S of guns on a ship. L/S of Tun tavern where the Marines were formed, C/U of the plaque commemorating it. The Marines flag is unfurled. M/S of Navy department in Washington. C/U of their Major General Commandant, General John H. Russell speaking to someone on the telephone, he is sat at a desk. Various shots as the men board a troopship. Various shots of a landing force jumping into the sea from rowing boats and going ashore. M/S's of Marines in the field and aeroplanes in the sky.
Various shots of the Marines during the First World War, marching, running and firing. M/S of battlefield, M/S of American flag and gravestone of unknown soldier. M/S of bugler blowing call to action. L/S as they run out onto the parade ground. M/S as they march along. M/S of the Marines in China. M/S of the American flag. L/S aerial shot of them marching, this fades to their symbol.