Examples of European transportation systems including railroads, bridges, and waterways, destroyed during World War 2. Scenes of commercial vessels being launched and bustling commercial activities at the inland port of Duisburg, Germany. Large Rhein (Rhine) River barges being loaded and moving out of the port.
The opening ceremony of the Victory Railroad Bridge on Rhine river in Duisburg, Germany. U.S. soldiers of the 332nd Engineer Regiment stand in columns beneath the bridge. A flight of U.S. B-26 bombers passes overhead as trains loaded with U.S. troops cross the newly constructed bridge. U.S. Army Generals include Major General Leonard T Gerow, Major General Cecil R Moore, Brigadier General Clarence R Burpee, Brigadier General Ewart G Plank and Brigadier General Carl R Gray are present at the ceremony. The Generals deliver their speeches to the troops from a raised platform. Soldiers of the 332nd Engineer Regiment receive medallions. The customs towers of the old Rheinhausen -Duisburg bridge can be seen still standing on the opposite bank.
Civilians are checked in Duisburg, Germany during World War II. Soldiers of U.S. 8th Division, 13th Infantry Regiment check identification papers of the civilians. The soldiers weed out German soldiers who have donned civilian clothes.
Opening scene shows U.S. State Department officials of the Division of the American Republics in a meeting. They examine a map titled "Inter-American Highway" showing a proposed highway running from the border of the U.S. and Mexico at Laredo Texas, all the way through Mexico, Latin America, and into South America. View of South American farmers loading hay into a horse cart, then of cattle in a stockyard being herded by a cowboy on a horse. Aerial view of city of Rio de Janeiro Brazil circa 1938. Narrator discusses threat of dictatorships in countries of South America. Views of German ships and German contracted ships loading and unloading at Buenos Aires harbor. Narrator describes system of barter where Argentina sends goods to Germany in exchange for German-made goods. Swastika flag on one of the cargo ships. Dock crane with German sign "Deutsche Maschinenfabrik A.G. Duisburg". Letters on side of a ship reads 'Buenos Aires Maru'. Supplies unloaded from ship. Cargo stacked including wooden boxes with German writing labeled "Vorsicht - San Paulo Brasilien". In a Latin American or South American city, view of the storefront for luxury goods by Herm Stoltz & Co. A Nazi German flag hangs above the store entrance. Fine leather goods, cameras, figurines, steins, etc from Germany are shown in store window displays. View of Nazi German books on display in storefronts, including closeup of translated book "Mein Kampf" ("Mi Lucha") by Adolf Hitler, bearing an image of Hitler on front cover. A German passenger aircraft parked at an airfield, which narrator describes as being part of a German airline offering service to South America within two days of Berlin, Germany. More German airplanes are shown at an airport in South America. View of government offices in Rio de Janeiro Brazil. Large crest with a bird atop an entrance. Interior office view of President Getúlio Vargas of Brazil seated in discussion with American diplomats. Narrator indicates that Vargas learned of German colonists in Brazil planning his overthrow by assassination, and therefore outlawed all Nazi activity. Poster of Vargas communicating his policies. Scene switches to exterior view of the State, War, and Navy Building (later the Executive Office Building) in Washington DC, with the First Division Monument in the foreground. Interior view of office door bearing sign for Under Secretary of State. Inside, Sumner Welles is seen in discussion with officials. He is asked about the American attitude toward Latin America. Welles describes the importance of strengthening ties between the countries of the Americas. Under Secretary Welles states that the welfare of all of the countries in the region may depend on their continued solidarity.
During post World War II reconstruction years of early 1950s in Germany. German police officer stands on a square in Berlin, Germany. A man with a briefcase asks directions from him. Pedestrians pass by. Another police officer gives direction to the traffic. Traffic passes by on a busy road. German gasoline station or petrol station in background with sign "Tank" and sign "Gasolin". Cars, buses and a horse driven cart pass by.
During 1961 in build up to Berlin Crisis: Barbed wire on border seen from West Berlin side (initial Berlin Wall). Russian soldier uses binoculars to watch an approaching jeep. Jeep stops because of barrier. Sign shows 'Achtung 500m Schutzstreifen'. Men carry a box through woods fleeing or escaping into West Germany before the border was fully closed. A man with his bicycle passing over a narrow path into West Germany, as another man passes over on foot. People in a canoe approaching a west German bank of the river or lake as they flee from east Germany. A street bus approaches and parks near an intersection with street sign for "Marienfelder Allee." Men, women, and children refugees with their suitcases on a street as they gather near a refugee processing center, before heading into West Germany. A bulldog tied. A mother feeds her baby. Young refugees on streets, refugees board bus. A map show allocation of German parts to France, United States, England and Soviet Union. Traffic on road in Berlin, with view of the bombed (from World War 2) Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church or the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, in the background. Many German civilian pedestrians walking on streets in busy West Berlin. 1950's and 1960's cars and trucks on busy Berlin streets. People in outdoor cafe restaurant. Telefunken building is seen.