Division of Vietnam into North and South Vietnam as Indochina war ends up in Vietnam. Aerial view of cratered battle ground, with smoke rising, at Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam, in March, 1954. A French A-26 Invader aircraft flying above some clouds and pilot in cockpit using radio. French paratroops, dropping from C-47 aircraft, and landing, to reinforce troops dug in at Dien Bien Phu. French artillery firing and rounds exploding in the distance. French troops moving through brush, and carrying wounded back out. Citizens on streets of Hanoi, North Vietnam, scrounging for scraps to eat. An old woman hunkered down in a doorway. A mother with a young boy. French troops crossing a bridge as they surrender following the siege at Dien Bien Phu. North Vietnamese troops entering Hanoi. Delegates at the Geneva conference of 1954, in the Palais des Nations, including representatives of the Soviet Union, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and the People’s Republic of China, among others. Closeup of Soviet delegation, with Foreign Minister, Vyacheslav Molotov, second from left. View of the North Vietnamese delegation, and delegate Ta Quang Buu, Vice Minister of Defense of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam), and Head of their Military Delegation, signing the accords. Closeup of one treaty page, with his signature, as Minister of Defense, and that of Henri, Deltiel, Brigadier General, who signed for the Commander in Chief of all French Forces in Indochina. OUtdoors. After the conference, Soviet Foreign Minister, Molotov shakes hands with Chou En-lai, Chinese Foreign Minister. Soviet Deputy Foreign Minister,Andrei Gromyko, wearing a hat, is standing behind Molotov. A long line of refugees fleeing to the South, from North Vietnam. A 1954 map showing the division of North and South Vietnam at the 19th parallel. Mist settled among mountain tops. South Vietnamese people engaged in agricultural pursuits and building new dwellings. South Vietnamese placing ballots in boxes during elections. Brief glimpse of the glamorous Madame Ngo Dinh Nhu, defacto First Lady of South Vietnam, dressed in ao dai and wearing dark glasses, as she leaves a polling place. Farmers dressed in traditional conical hats (non la) working in grain fields, and reaping and carrying cut grain on poles in the South. Beautiful view of fishermen and boats silhouetted against sky, with tall limestone islands in background, at Ha Long Bay, North Vietnam (incorrectly implying it shows South Vietnamese in peaceful pursuits). South Vietnamese at work building structures with concrete blocks. A car with bullet holes in the windshield, draws attention on busy street in South Vietnam. Closeup of murdered man inside on floor of car. Scenes of vandalism at a house. Viet Minh guerillas moving through jungles and setting fires to straw roofed houses. Remains of a destroyed dwelling. Bodies of South Vietnamese killed, according to the narrator, by "Viet Cong pursuasion squads." A framed picture of Ho Chi Minh, over a North Vietnamese star flag.
Genevieve de Galard returns to France. She was a French nurse stationed in Hanoi and flew in casualty evacuation flights. She was named as the "Angel of Dien Bien Phu". Evacuated casualties from the battle of Dien Bien Phu carried to a van in Hanoi. Views of Galard, who refused freedom to stay with the wounded Red captives. Galard flies to Paris and is welcomed by her mother. Large crowd gathers for welcoming her. She addresses the press.
A field in mountainous region in Vietnam. A North Vietnamese flag flies. Soldiers checking a jeep at a check post. 'Post De Controle Halte' written on a board at the post. A man wears arm band reading 'Bao Chi ' in Vietnamese and "press" in English. Press photographers and journalists with Vietnamese soldiers. A shade house and jeeps parked out side. Jeeps painted with "Dien-Bien-Phu" and (7-5-1954) . Soldiers sitting around a table for meeting. Soldiers stand as delegates arrive. A photographer takes pictures from background. Name plates of Colonel Lennuyeux and Van Tien Dung lie on the table. All persons take seats. Colonel Lennuyeux stands and speaks during the meeting. All clap. Photographers take photos. Two men light cigarettes from a flame.
French troops attack the Reds in Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam. Soldiers on tanks fire in the field. They hide behind barricades and fire. French soldiers with Red prisoners.
Bomber planes attack the Reds in Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam. B-26 bombers and other flying boxcars in flight for attack. They fly for the antiaircraft fire on the Reds. The plane drops bombs on the target area. Smoke arises from bombarding.
Viet Minh assaulting French positions at Dien Bien Phu, in Vietnam. Artillery pounds French positions. Viet Minh forces run along top of ridge carrying the Viet Minh flag. French troops are taken prisoner and leave trenches with hands raised. Long line of French troops marching in surrender. Viet Minh riding on a tank with their flag displayed. Viet Minh field artillery.