New Zealand troops in Cologne after Armistice.
New Zealanders In Cologne - 1. 1918 - 1919 ?
World War One. Scenes from around Cologne (Koln), Germany, after Armistice; at start of Allies' occupation. Mostly film of New Zealand troops.
Opens w/ shot panning on bridge which stops part way. Brief shot sentry on guard; city in BG. LS down river; bridge w/ 3 arches spanning Rhein; pan across river; round to silhouette of cathedral.
Pan cemetery. Outside building used as NZ or Allied HQ; French soldier (?) & NZer; cannons sit in front; French; Australian; NZ & Union Jack flags on building. NZ soldier holds out NZ flag. ECU plaque on gun or other item; in English & French; says captured by NZ Division; presented to town of La Quesnoy.
Looking down road through woods. CU doorway set into earth; entrance to German dugout. Pan on sandbag fortress (sinking; so bags make curving pattern). Pan in woods; steps up hill.
Destroyed naval base? NZ soldier walks by large gun; pan left; sea wall; sea at left. Looking across destroyed base.
Troops march through arch on old bridge; electric trams drive back & forth alongside them. At train station. NZ troops looking out doors of train wagons moving slowly; some wave at camera or at other soldiers on platform.
NZ troops coming up street of old buildings. Pan right w/ them as they enter building, YMCA sign hung by door. 'Victoria Hall. Entertainment Nightly.' above door (very small writing). More troops enter. Man hands out papers / playbills to crowd of soldiers.