The life and career of U.S. Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower up to the time of his appointment as the Supreme Commander of the NATO. The Foreign Ministers and Defense Secretaries of many countries seated at a desk in Brussels, Belgium. They arrive for the Brussels North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Conference. Officials from different countries including French Statesman Robert Schuman and British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Ernest Bevin arrive at the conference. U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson addresses the officials and talks about the election of General Eisenhower as the Supreme Commander of NATO. He also states about the formation of new defense production board.
Aviator Charles Lindbergh acclaimed in Brussels, Belgium, after flying from Paris, following his reception there after completing his solo transatlantic flight. Lindbergh motorcade arriving in center of Brussels. 'Spirit of St. Louis' plane in flight, from Paris to Brussels. Brief view of Evere airfield, Brussels, Belgium. View of crowd packed into Market Square in Brussels. Charles Lindbergh, standing on balcony of Brussels Town Hall waves his hat to the cheering crowd.
British and French allied forces being pushed back by invading German Army in Belgium during World War 2. Allied soldiers cross river in small boats. Troops fire Howitzers. Buildings on fire in Leuven Belgium. Damaged shops with broken windows. Smoke rising from burning buildings in the city of Leuven. Belgian citizens on the street trying to escape from bombing. Views of city in flames taken from the countryside. Pigs fleeing burning barns. Day and night battle scenes with machine guns and tracer rounds being fired. Refugees flee with few belongings, walking down roads. A woman and child apparently dead on a stretcher beside the road. A family fleeing on foot; a young boy in the family using a crutch as he has one peg leg. German forces advancing on foot into smoldering Belgian cities. German soldiers stopped in the middle of roadways and on the side of roads sleeping, without setting up camps. German armored vehicles drive past on a road. Oil tanks in Antwerp Belgium in flames with black smoke rising, set on fire by Allies during their retreat. Low aerial views of Brussels Belgium streets, spared from destruction, as German soldiers march into Brussels.
American pavilion being constructed in Brussels, Belgium for World's fair. Workers work on a huge steel structure as they construct American pavilion at Brussels world 's fair site in Belgium. Smoke rises. Men work on wooden planks. A bucket filled with concrete in a hoist. A worker levels the surface of cement. Steel girders at the construction site. Drink being poured into a glass. Officials speak to the workers. Officials and workers raise a toast and drink from the glasses. James Plaut, the Deputy U.S. Commissioner to the Brussel's World's Fair and other Officials at the construction site as they inspect the pavilion under construction. Pipes piled up at the site.
Brussels Belgium under German occupation during World War II. Women and men ride bicycles in the streets of Brussels, Belgium. A crowded market street. A woman in an elaborate hat walks past people in the street. Trams move along the city roads. Civilians and military personnel at a street cafe. A view of the ‘Maison du Roi’ or King's House and the Guildhalls at the Grand Place, the central square of Brussels. The Great Market at the square. Soldiers look at birds in cages. Vendors selling various foods and vegetables. A woman vendor slicing cheese. German Luftwaffe airmen taste the cheese as civilians look on.
Animated sequence shows flags of Allied forces advancing through France against German forces during World War 2. U.S. and Free French flags shown in South of France and British and Canadian to the North. Beyond the Seine River, German soldiers are seen watching the launch of V-1 buzz bombs against London. Aerial views of British armored units racing towards Brussels, Belgium. Local people wave and applaud them as they move through villages towards Brussels. Crowds greet them joyfully as they enter Brussels. American soldiers crossing fields and entering the boundaries of Germany. British soldiers (Tommies) being given drinks by Belgian man in Brussels. American soldier walking with another who is clowning around, wearing a top hat and carrying an umbrella. Line of surrendering German soldiers on bicycles. A German Army Division, of about 20 thousand soldiers marching along a road to surrender. Canadian troops advancing in the North, happen upon a deserted German "flying bomb" site. American P-51 fighters operating on a German airfield. U.S. troops setting up communications on poles. Allied troops being entertained by USO performer. British and American troops moving through Germany.