This is one of the more curious American documentaries made during World War I. Nearly all these documentaries did double duty as propaganda pictures, but the point of view in this one is unique; supposedly, the Russian revolution was due to "the vicious propaganda offered by the agents of Germany" (to quote trade paper Motion Picture News). Throughout its five reels (edited down from the 125,000 feet of film shot by Captain Donald C. Thompson), it spells both Germany and Hun in all lower caps. Some of the film is downright brutal -- it shows the Russians being mowed down by the Germans, and acres of the dead. Other scenes, such as those showing the women's Battalion of Death (in which female soldiers with cropped hair and masculine uniforms show off their talent at handling guns), reveal another side of the war altogether.
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