Oil industries in Baku, Azerbaijan. View of oil rigs in the Caspian Sea. Drilling towers in view. A man walks on a wooden platform. Men work in a group to drill an oil well. Several men stand in the background. Oil well drilled through machinery.
Soviet and Iranian military officers shake hands with each other in Tabriz, Azerbaijan, Iran. Russian and Iranian newspapers announce the formal recognition by the Soviet Union of the Azerbaijan People's Government (a Soviet puppet entity in Iranian Azerbaijan) on April 8, 1946. People celebrate the friendship pact between the Azerbaijan People's Government and the Soviet Union. Crossed flags of the Soviet Union and and Azerbaijan People's Government seen. Women picking flowers and decorate a poster of Joseph Stalin. Soviet and Azerbaijan military parade in the streets of Tabriz. Military officers hold a ceremony including presentation of an elaborate Iranian dagger. A tank rides through the street. Men riding horses. School children wave Soviet and Azerbaijan flags. A ceremony of pouring liquid from two jugs and reflecting it in a mirror. Muslim women present flowers to soldiers passing on horseback. Soldiers in a jeep throw pamphlets, with picture of Joseph Stalin on them, to the crowd. Huge crowd gathered. Women with covered heads. At the Tabriz City Hall, crowds hold a huge portrait of their leader, Sayyed Ja'far Pishevari. There are more ceremonial exchanges of tokens of friendship. A hand-written letter, ostensibly from Joseph Stalin, bearing his image, is shown. Elaborately framed pictures of Soviet Generals are seen. Silver tray engraved in Russian and Arabic is shown. Muslim women and children. Views of parade from high building. Column of Soviet tanks. Woman throws liquid from jug, ceremoniously.
The hydroelectric building and service area in Mingechaur, Azerbaijan. Earth moving equipment preparing site for laying pipes and workmen welding steel girders are shown. February 1948.
Views of hydroelectric station in Mingechaur, Azerbaijan. Russian officials and citizens celebrating the completion of hydroelectric station. 1949.
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.
Battles fought by Russians fighting military invasion from Germany during World War II years of 1942-1943. A poster shows Hitler cuff held by the Allies. United States ships at docks for aid and supply to Russian people. Fight for the control of oil field of Russia near Baku. Buildings and house of Stalingrad. German Army offensive on Stalingrad in order to take control of the oil fields. Civilians take arms to fight the invading German Army. German artillery and bombers raid Stalingrad. Fierce battle on the streets. Snipers fire from inside a house, artillery fire from a house. Bombing and infantry fight in every house of the city. Ruined city buildings and houses by war. German bombers on raid, shot by anti aircraft guns. Battle for Stalingrad continues on streets during Russian winter. Map shows British and United States forces land in North Africa. Soviet Army pushes back German Army in various cities and occupies them. Fresh cavalier troops arrive in Siberia. Russians Army commanders Marshal Nikolai Voronoff and others at a meeting. Soldiers of encircling Red Army meet from two ends.