Events after World War II. Harvesting in U.S. farms. Closeup view as a tractor plows fields. Men on horseback driving sheep. Woman serves a Thanksgiving turkey dinner to her family gathered at a nice dining room table in the United States. Her children look at the food with smiles. Contrasting scenes show Europeans starving amid post-war ruins. Women and children looking for food. A child in a soup line. Women wait in a line to receive grain that is weighed on a scale. Globe spins. Joseph Stalin and other Soviet officials watch a military parade in Red Square in Russia. Retrospective scenes of the meeting of Russian and U.S. troops at the Elbe River late in World War 2. Communist rally in Paris. A protester holds up a hammer and sickle symbol. A demonstration of protestors in Athens, Greece, and another Communist demonstration in Rome, Italy. Map depicts communist control growing over Central and Eastern Europe early in Cold War. High aerial view of Washington DC with a lower altitude airplane flying over the U.S. Capitol. Exterior view of State Department (Old Executive Office Building) in Washington DC. View of Secretary of State James F Byrnes working at his desk. Byrnes speaks of U.S. role in world affairs while at a conference in Stuttgart, Germany. Scenes from a meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in 1947. Scenes changes to North Portico of White House. Swearing in ceremony of George C. Marshall as Secretary of State. President Harry S Truman shakes hands with Secretary George Marshall. Night view of London landmark buildings. View of door at No. 10 Downing Street in London. View of brutal winter conditions in Europe in February 1947. Citizens try to dig out a train stuck in snow. Women in line in Britain for a rationed good, still saddled with its own postwar reconstruction. Narrator relates that Britain was unable to continue to provide massive military and economic aid to the Greek regime and appealed to the U.S. to handle the situation. Secretary of State Marshall and President Truman seen talking together in front of a fireplace mantle. Marshall boards aircraft for a visit to Moscow. Truman in a White House meeting, seated at oval table with his advisors and cabinet. Truman addressing joint session of congress on March 12, 1947. He asks for funds for Greece and Turkey. Globe highlights USSR. Door sign reads 'Policy Planning Staff - George F Kennan - Director'. Director Kennan seen at his desk. He advocates a long term, patient but firm and vigilant containment of Russian expansive tendencies. Reconstruction in Europe. Ground level and aerial views of bomb destroyed European cities, and workers cleaning up rubble. Brief scene from the meeting of 16 nations in Paris on July 3, 1947. Scenes from United Nations meeting held in Lake Success New York in September 1947. George Marshall at podium addressing delegates of UN. Russian delegate Andrey Vyshinsky commenting on Marshall Plan. Signing of Marshall Plan agreement by international delegates meeting in Paris in September 1947.
King Paul and Queen Fredericka arrive in parliament of Greece, in Athens to take oath as new monarch of Greece. Deputies stand on their seats and clap for the King and Queen. King Paul replaces his recently deceased brother King George. After the oath taking King and Queen went out of the parliament saluted and greeted by deputies.
An honor guard is formed and spectators assembled as King Paul I pays homage by laying a memorial wreath on the tomb of the unknown soldier at Syntagma Square, Athens, Greece. Three Greek Generals are seen.The King then reviews a parade in his honor, standing close to the street, in front of the Tomb of the Unknown,flanked by sentries wearing Evzones uniforms. The parade includes children, wounded war veterans, accompanied by nurses, motorcycle troops, armored vehicles,tanks,and marching troops,some accompanied by dogs. A Navy military band plays in the parade followed by marching sailors and boys in sailors uniforms. An Army band followed by marching Army troops brings up the rear of the parade. The Royal Family then departs, as they arrived in an open car displaying the Royal crest on a flag.
A civilian official places a wreath at the tomb of the unknown. Many civilian officials assemble at the tomb. A sentry in Evzone uniform stands guard and
executes a military maneuver in front of the tomb.
U.S. Generals greet Greek counterparts.Officials gather outside Athens Cathedral, including Prime Minister Themistoklis Sophoulis. King Paul I of the Hellenes and Queen Consort Frederica of Hanover arrive by open motorcar, accompanied by their children, Prince Constantine, Princess Sophia, and Princess Irene. Greek troops are assembled in formation across the street, in front of the Legislature building. King Paul and Queen Frederica are greeted by the Prime Minister and the Archbishop, and other officials, as they enter the Cathedral.
Liberation of Greece. Animated map of Athens, Greece. Allies forces return to Greece after victory. Celebration: Greek ring the bell. British troops dock in Greece and march into Athens. Workers carry the boxes of water for victims of malaria. Boxes of water displayed. Shows the return of Prime Minister George Papandreou on October 18, 1944. Large crowd welcomes and cheers the Prime Minister George Papandreou and display banners for liberating their country. Prime Minister Papandreou puts the wreath on grave and honors two unknown soldiers. British Lt. Gen Ronald Scobie salutes. General Scobie and Prime Minister Papandreou honor the two unknown soldiers. British Armored unit receive enthusiastic welcome. Sign of 'The Greek People Welcome EAM', and 'Welcome Great Allies KKE'. Greek people welcome the National Liberation Front (EAM) and Communist Party of Greece (KKE). Citizens buy food with inflated currency.
A C-54 Skymaster aircraft of the Air Transport Company lands at the Athens airport, Greece. An officer of the United States Air Force descends from the aircraft. He moves on towards his car. Locals carry his luggage to the car.