Teutonic wartime activities in the East are presented. Cameraman Albert K. Dawson is received at the American Embassy in Berlin by U.S. Ambassador James W. Gerard. The resources of the German Empire forces are depicted in scenes showing the cultivation of Polish fields by prisoners of war; necessities and luxuries in Hamburg, Lubeck, Dusseldorf and Bremen; youths collecting metallic objects from houses; the Krupp works at Essen making munitions; and vast storehouses. The Austro-Hungarian forces advance through northern Galicia to recapture Lemberg and Przemysl, and to take Warsaw. Activities shown include aerial scout work; fun and frolic in camp on the eve of battle; and the assemblage--taking two days--and firing of the huge Skoda mortar. In Przemysl, a review of troops for Archduke Frederick, the Commander-in-Chief, is held with Franz Joseph, Austria's crown prince, attending. Work commences to restore bridges destroyed by the retreating Russians. Women and children refugees wander, and Russian prisoners bury their dead.
There was a press screening of this film in New York on November 18, 1915. The copyright entry for this film lists Albert K. Dawson for "picturization," a term which, in the context of dramatic films, usually indicated adaptation or direction. It is possible that some footage in this film was used earlier in the American Correspondent Film Co.'s release, System, the Secret of Success. (See below.)