Although the United States was a long ways off from entering World War I in June, 1915, this documentary about preparedness showed that its potential involvement was on a lot of people's minds. Put together by F.O. Nielsen, it contains five parts, each introduced with a statement that gives a bit of insight into the mentality of Americans of the era. Part I's title reads "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty," and shows cadets training at West Point. Part II states "To Be Prepared for War Is One of the Most Effectual Means of Preserving Peace," and contains shots of naval ships, torpedo boats and submarines. Says Part III, "God Grants Liberty Only to Those Who Love It and Are Always Ready to Guard and Defend It" -- the defense here involves, among other things, aerial bombers, the laying of mines in harbors, and coastal defense guns at the ready. Part IV's most revealing statement is "Our Country. In her intercourse with other nations may she always be right; but our country, right or wrong," and army troops get in place to shoot machine guns and fire mortars. Lastly, Part V says, "Ship for Ship Our Navy Is Equal, if Not Superior, to that of Any Other Nation," and shows small boats from a battleship landing as marines and sailors work side by side. Given the tone of this picture, it seems like America's involvement in the European War was inevitable.
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