Republic of China President and Madame Chiang Kai Shek on a vacation in China. They walk through woods. They visit a waterfall site. The formal inauguration ceremony of Chiang Kai-shek and Li Tsung-jen, as Republic of China President and Vice-President, respectively. President Chiang Kai-shek addresses a gathering, while Vice-President Li Tsung-jen, in military uniform, stands at attention on the stage. Large numbers of international representatives come forward to greet and recognize the new Republic of China President.
The war crimes trial in Tokyo, Japan after World War II. Japanese Prime Minister Hideki Tojo answers the questions during the trial. U.S. Major General P.J. Mueller, Chief of Staff and party seated in the court room. Tojo being cross examined about sending of troops into French Indo China. Tojo states that the Indo China problem was discussed in a message from President Roosevelt to the Emperor. In answer as to when troops were sent there, he says around 20 September 1940 and this was done after arrangements had been made with the Vichy Government of France.
Animated map shows the four different zones of Germany after World War II.: British, Soviet, French and American Zone. Animated map focuses on the Soviet zone and shows the Iron Curtain rising along the Soviet Border. Russian troops march through streets in Berlin. Civilians board trains on streets. Russian woman directs traffic. Damaged buildings in the background. Russian officers enter and leave Headquarter in Berlin. German men and women work on farms. Russian soldiers and German civilians pull heavy machinery for shipment to Russia. Interior of the Dresden China Works. Civilians mold and paint china articles.
Legislators entering a hall in Czechoslovakia, in 1948. Inside,an image of the Small Coat of Arms of the Republic of Czechoslovakia (1920) dominates the scene. New scene shows Gustav Husak, acting Prime Minister, delivering an address urging support for the Communist Party. The next sequence shows violent Communist-led demonstrations, as armed trade unionists riot in the Prague streets, attacking the offices of the political opposition. Police attempt to restore order. On February 25, 1948, the communists achieve a Czechoslovak coup d'état. On February 27th, Czech President, Edvard Benes, receives a delegation including communist Premier Klement Gottwald and the 12 new members of the cabinet, at the Presidential Palace. He is seen signing documents accepting the communist cabinet. Change of scene shows Czech Foreign Minister, Jan Masaryk, giving a speech rejecting the change. (He remained in office, but died under suspicious circumstances on On March 10, 1948.) View of Masaryk in his casket. Mourners at his funeral.The Czech Parliament Building with flag at half staff. President Benes seen strolling, using a cane, accompanied by his wife, Hana Benes, in the garden of their summer home, Benesova vila, in Sezimovo Usti. Narrator notes that he refused to sign a new constitution drawn up by the communists. He died of natural causes at his villa on September 3, 1948. Scenes of his funeral and of him in his casket. Views of Benes' state funeral, with mourners lining the streets. View of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Narrator describes circumstances using Churchill's term "Iron Curtain." A communist parade in an Eastern European city. A person who was roughed up on the street. View of East German uprising in 1953, being suppressed with Soviet tanks. Uprising in Poland in 1955 being put down by local police and Russian soldiers. Polish musicians playing and examples of Polish political cartoons permitted under relaxed communist rule.
Chinese refugee steamship SS Kiangya blows up, after hitting a mine, in the mouth of the Huangpu River in China. Superstructure of SS Kiangya remains above water after the mine blast. Rescuers rescue the survivors. Dead bodies of refugees on stretchers are placed on a dock. Weeping Chinese women. Casualties are carried on stretchers.
Madame Chiang Kai-Shek arrives at one of the 14th air force bases in China. She is greeted by Colonel Tex Hill. They move into the hangar. Soldiers of 14th air force in the hangar. Madame Chiang Kai-Shek addresses the soldiers. American flag in background.