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.
United States Marine Corps in the Chinese city of Tientsin or Tianjin, China. Exteriors of a tall building. Two Marines enter a curio shop. Silver and gold articles on display. Chinese saleswomen in a curio shop. Marine signs a bill. American woman holds a wrapped gift. U.S. military personnel ride in rickshaws and views of city streets in Tianjin China. The Marines leave pedicab rickshaws at roadside and pay for their rides with Chinese currency. They enter a Red Cross club. Men and women play cards in the Red Cross club.
United States Marine Corps in Tsingtao, China. Man oaring a boat under a bridge. Traffic passes on bridge. U.S. Marine personnel install telephone lines over a bridge. Exteriors of Chase Bank. U.S. Marine enters the compound. Interiors of a building with U.S. Marine and a room boy, Chinese men work in a laundry. Marines travel on pedicabs. Native types at a machine in a press. A bundle of North China Marine newspapers.
United States Marine Corps in Peiping (Beijing) in China. Farmlands and native civilians in countryside. Graves on a Chinese farm. Various views of city with Tiananmen Gate. Marines stands by an artillery gun. Marines seated around a large gate. Rickshaws and cars pass by on streets of Peking. Point of view shot traveling down city street in China in a rickshaw with head of rickshaw driver immediately in front. Marines look at handicrafts being display at roadside.
Joint Office of Sino-American Police Headquarters in Tsingtao, China. A Marine shares his experience of overseas duty with his wife in Hawaii. U.S. Air Force C-47 Skytrain aircraft coming from Guam lands in Tsingtao, China. Aircraft parked on flight line. Chinese soldier looks on. Sign reads 'Home of VMR (Marine Transport Squadron) 153'. Native couple in a horse drawn carriage. Sign reads 'Pacific Road'. Jeep comes to a halt at roadside. U.S. Marine Corps MP (Military Police) gets off the jeep and enters Joint Office of Sino-American Police Headquarters. Chinese Army MP, Marine interpreter and U.S. Marine talk.
Industrial scenes in America with a factory with smoke from chimneys, a steel factory in operation, views of the tops of railroad train coal cars filled with coal. Secretary of State George Marshall speaks about providing European countries with material and money (Marshall Plan). He is seen speaking to legislators in Washington DC on November 10, 1947, asking for funds for Austria, Italy, and France "to provide the supplies necessary to permit the people of these countries to continue to eat, to work, and to survive the winter." Truman signs an interim aid bill, S 1774 on December 17, 1947. View of Eiffel Tower in Paris and communists marching and demonstrating in France. Communist demonstrations across Europe. Police monitor communist protestors in Italy, and then disperse a crowd of communists. Winston Churchill arrives for peace conference meeting of the Big Four foreign ministers in London in December 1947. Vyascheslav Molotov attends the conference. George Marshall talks with Molotov. View of the Friendship Train in the United States approaching on a railway tracks during its tour. Also a view of the 1947 special exhibit Freedom Train traveling. Citizens board the Freedom Train at one of its stops, to view artifacts and exhibits about American democracy, including a 1823 facsimile of the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Exterior view of U.S. Supreme Court building. Statues at the Supreme Court building. The base is inscribed 'The Heritage of the Past is the Seed that Brings Forth the Harvest of the Future'. A group of American boys and girls are seen reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. A larger group of children reciting the pledge and viewing an American flag fluttering in the wind. View of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and then another view from the top of the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court building looking outward.